Pumpkin Cheesecake Delight

Pumpkin Cheesecake Delight

Embrace the holiday season with this Pumpkin Cheesecake Delight, a dessert that marries the classic flavors of pumpkin pie with the rich, creamy texture of cheesecake. This festive treat is sure to become a favorite at any holiday gathering, offering a comforting taste that evokes the essence of autumn.

Ingredients:

The Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 12 whole graham crackers)
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

The Filling:

  • 24 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 15 oz can pumpkin pie mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp real vanilla extract

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 cup cold heavy cream, beat with 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp rum or vanilla
  • Pumpkin pie spice, to dust
  • Toasted pecans
  • Caramel sauce

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Crust: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 7 minutes, then cool.
  2. Make the Filling: Beat the cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin pie mix. Add eggs one at a time, then stir in sour cream, flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and vanilla extract.
  3. Bake the Cheesecake: Pour the filling over the crust. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is slightly wobbly. Cool, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Add Toppings: Before serving, whip the heavy cream with sugar and rum or vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spread over the cheesecake. Dust with pumpkin pie spice, sprinkle toasted pecans, and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Serving Suggestions: Serve this Pumpkin Cheesecake Delight as the centerpiece of your holiday dessert table. It pairs beautifully with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of spiced cider.

Indulge in the warmth and comfort of this Pumpkin Cheesecake Delight, a dessert that captures the heart of the holiday season with every creamy, spiced bite.

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