Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

Easy layered pumpkin cheesecake recipe

​The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Chill: 4 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 1 cheesecake
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
706 Calories
49g Fat
57g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 706
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 28g 139%
Cholesterol 230mg 77%
Sodium 574mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 12g
Calcium 174mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pumpkin desserts are a fan favorite in the fall, and this layered pumpkin cheesecake may just top the list. From the cinnamon-spiced graham cracker crust to the luscious double layer of vanilla and pumpkin fillings, this completely homemade cheesecake will look, and taste, like you spent half the day in the kitchen. No one will know it takes just minutes to prepare. It is beautiful when topped off with some whipped cream and caramel sauce, but is also perfect all on its own.

This recipe is made in a pie plate, so there's no need for a springform pan. Be sure to prepare the cheesecake at least four hours before you plan to serve it to give it plenty of chilling time.

Ingredients

  • For the Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • For the Vanilla and Pumpkin Fillings:
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin (or canned or homemade puree)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Optional Toppings:
  • 2 cups whipped cream (or whipped topping0
  • 1 cup caramel sauce (or butterscotch sauce), for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

    Ingredients for pumpkin cheesecake
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Make the Crust

  1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly until all of the crumbs are blended into the butter.

    Brown sugar
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  2. Spread the crumbs in a 9- to 10-inch pie plate, and tamp down firmly over the bottom and the sides. 

    Spread crumbs
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  3. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 F.

    Bake crust
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Make the Fillings

  1. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the cream cheese mixture into the cooled crust.

    Mix cheesecake
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  2. Into the remaining cream cheese mixture, beat the pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over the first layer.

    Beat mixture
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Bake and Chill the Cheesecake

  1. Bake the pie for 40 to 50 minutes, until set and just slightly jiggly in the center. 

    Bake pie
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  2. Cool on a rack. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 3 to 4 hours, before slicing. 

    Cool on a rack
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  3. Serve topped with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel or butterscotch sauce, if desired.

    Slice of pumpkin cheesecake
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How to Store and Freeze

  • Cover leftover cheesecake and store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • To freeze slices of cheesecake, wrap the individual slices in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then place them in freezer bags. Freeze for up to one month and defrost in the fridge before serving.

Filling Amounts for a Smaller Pie

If you plan to use a smaller store-bought "ready" crust, cut all of the ingredient measurements by 1/3 (so 16 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2/3 cup pumpkin), except use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Use 1 cup of the plain vanilla filling for the bottom layer and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Recipe Variations

  • Graham Cracker Pecan Crust: Replace about 1/2 cup of the graham cracker crumbs with finely chopped pecans.
  • Gingersnap Crust: Replace the graham cracker crumbs with finely crushed gingersnaps. Omit the cinnamon.
  • Squash Cheesecake: Replace the pumpkin with butternut squash or Hubbard squash purée.
  • Replace the cinnamon and nutmeg in the pumpkin pie filling with a pumpkin pie spice blend.

Tips

  • To make graham cracker crumbs, pulse the cookies in a food processor or blender until fine crumbs form. Or place all of the graham crackers in a zip-close bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. It takes 12 full-sized graham crackers (rectangles) to make about 2 cups of fine crumbs.
  • If your pie plate is slightly smaller, you might have a little extra filling. There's very little expansion when the cheesecake bakes, so you can fill the batter nearly to the rim. It's best to set the pan on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet before placing it in the oven. The baking sheet will catch any drips and prevent a mess.

What's the Difference Between Pumpkin Puree, Canned Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Pie Filling?

Pumpkin puree and canned pumpkin are essentially the same product—cooked, pureed pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling, however, is a combination of pumpkin puree, warm spices, and sweetener. If the label doesn't indicate it is "pure" pumpkin, check the ingredients. There should only be one: pumpkin.