Elegant Pumpkin Cheesecake

Elegant Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Recipe for Elegant Pumpkin Cheesecake. This rich dessert is so special it would make an elegant finale for Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • Or 2 cups crushed vanilla cookies
  • Or crushed ginger snap cookies
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 - 8 ounces packages cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground (dried) ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 15 ounces can pumpkin or equivalent fresh cooked pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Mix 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and crushed graham crackers or cookies together. Add melted butter and mix until well blended.
  2. Using fingers, press crust mixture into bottom and 2/3 of the way up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake crust for about 6 minutes until set.
  3. Mix the cream cheese and sugars together until smooth.
  4. Stir together the flour and spices and mix this into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Beat the eggs into the cream cheese mixture one at a time.
  6. Beat in the pumpkin and vanilla.
  7. Pour filling into the pre-baked crust and bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for at least two hours (or overnight) before serving. Cake can even be made two days in advance.