Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Gingersnap Crust


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Looking for something different for the holidays? This pumpkin cheesecake is absolutely phenomenal. It has a pumpkin cheesecake filling with a vanilla cheesecake top layer. The crust is made with gingersnaps which complement the spicy pumpkin filling perfectly. If you are not in love with gingersnaps, substitute vanilla wafers for the crumbs.

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  • Crust:
  • 1 1/2 C. crushed gingersnaps
  • 1/2 C. finely chopped nuts
  • 1/4 C. brown sugar
  • 4 Tbs. butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 3 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/3 C. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 C. whipping cream or yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 Tbs. cinnamon

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Crush the gingersnaps. Mix the crumbs with the nuts, brown sugar, and melted butter in a nine or ten-inch springform pan. Press the mixture into a crust across the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Put the crust in the refrigerator to set up while you prepare the filling.Mix the cream cheese, eggs, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla together with your stand-type mixer using the whisk attachment. Beat until smooth and fluffy, six to eight minutes. Set about 1 1/2 cups of the mixture aside for the topping. To the remaining filling, add the pumpkin, whipping cream or yogurt, and spices. Beat until well-mixed. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Carefully spoon the topping which was set-aside over the top of the pumpkin-cheesecake filling.Bake for 70 to 80 minutes or until the top starts to brown and the center of the cake is just barely jiggly. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for ten minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen. Remove the ring and let the cheesecake cool completely. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

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