Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust

This rich and creamy cheesecake combines the classic fall flavors of pumpkin and spice with an irresistible gingersnap crunch. Perfect for special occasions, holidays and entertaining.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust - The Lemon BowlWhen I married my husband back in 2005, I had no idea I was marrying a closet baker. As it turns out, my IT Specialist by day is not only an amazing bread baker but he can knock out the best sugar cookies, hermit bars and cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted.

Liz and Rich - The Lemon BowlSince I’m afraid to bake with yeast and tend to get the shakes using white flour or more than a couple tablespoons of butter in one recipe, it works out well for our relationship.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnaps - The Lemon BowlDuring my recent 33rd birthday, I requested a pumpkin version of his famous cheesecakes. (I promise to share his award-winning Dark Chocolate Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake with Oreo Crust soon!!) Instead of creating a crust with Oreos he used gingersnap cookies and walnuts. (Hey! Omega-3’s!)

To boost up the pumpkin flavor we all love he used plenty of warm spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust - The Lemon BowlIf you are celebrating a special occasion, attending a holiday gathering or hosting a party this season, you must put this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust on your menu. The crunchy, molasses-packed gingersnaps are the perfect complement to the creamy, pumpkin-spiced cheesecake filling.


Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
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This rich and creamy cheesecake combines the classic fall flavors of pumpkin and spice with an irresistible gingersnap crunch. Perfect for special occasions, holidays and entertaining.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups gingersnap cookies (about 30) - crushed
  • ½ cup walnuts - chopped
  • ⅓ cup melted butter, unsalted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temp
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse gingersnap cookies, walnuts, butter and salt in a food processor until finely crushed into a coarse sand.
  2. Press crust mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan until it comes 1 inch up the sides. Bake crust for 10 minutes then set aside to cool.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat together softened cream cheese and sugar on medium until smooth - about 2 minutes. Slowly add in eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla, pumpkin and spices. Blend until creamy and fully incorporated.
  4. Pour mixture into the prepared crust and bake 50-60 minutes or until filling sets. Let cake cook completely before removing pan rim. Chill before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/12 cake Calories: 344 Fat: 22.9 g Saturated fat: 10.6 g Unsaturated fat: 12.3 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 32.2 g Sugar: 21.6 g Sodium: 352 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Protein: 5.6 g Cholesterol: 114 mg

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  1. says

    Aww, a husband who bakes for you! That is the sweetest thing ever. My husband brings me a piece of bread with tablespoons of Nutella on it and is proud of himself. Yeah…

    And this cheesecake looks awesome! Woohoo for Rich! 😀

  2. says

    Oh, my. Lucky you!!! My hubby gets nervous boiling frozen veggies. Thank goodness he has many other strong suits :) This cheesecake looks spectacular!!!

  3. says

    Awww I love that your husband bakes! Mine can make cookies, but rarely does, which is probably for the best given my lack of willpower around them :) Gorgeous cheesecake!

  4. says

    I am so impressed your husband bakes. That’s so cool. Mine does pancakes, that’s his speciality. Happy belated birthday. What a great treat to celebrate with. So gorgeous too, love the photos.

  5. Sally Tews says

    The cheesecake looks D-Lish.I guess I am going to add this to my
    Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas too. Thanx so much.
    I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving.


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