Nov 12
2010

Tasty Kitchen Post: Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe for Tasty Kitchen

If you have been searching for the perfect dessert to grace your Thanksgiving table, search no longer. This is my first attempt at baking a full cheesecake and, besides a few cracks in the top, this pumpkin version turned out beautifully. So beautifully, in fact, that the entire thing was devoured within two days. This recipe is from one of the Tasty Kitchen members (The Pioneer Woman’s community recipe site) and it certainly lives up to its name.

Head over to the Tasty Kitchen blog to read more about my adventures with cheesecake and to see step-by-step photos for this Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe. If you are looking for more Thanksgiving recipe ideas, check out my Thanksgiving feast line-up.

Oh, and be sure not to miss Ree’s (The Pioneer Woman) Thanksgiving feast throwdown against Bobby Flay, which is set to air on the Food Network on Wednesday, November 17, 9 pm (8 pm Central). If Ree’s cooking and spunky personality are any indication of how that throwdown is going to go, then I think Mr. Flay will have his work cut out for him.

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1 bellini valli November 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Pumpkin cheesecake is definitely one of my seasonal favourites. To me it beats out the classic pumpkin pie hands down.

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2 Emily Malloy November 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

This is STUNNING!

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3 Maggy@ThreeManyCooks November 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I would give just about anything for a slice of that cheesecake right now!

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4 warmvanillasugar November 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

This is a beautiful cheesecake. Mmmm.

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5 Tracy November 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Looks delicious! I love making pumpkin cheesecake around the holidays!

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6 Monet November 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm

"Perfect" doesn't even do this cake justice. Wonderful job. Thank you for sharing. Here's to a wonderful weekend! And thank you for letting me know about the Throw Down…I love her!

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7 Jennifer (Savor) November 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Super excited for Throwdown next week & reading your tasty kitchen post…off i go

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8 Cookin' Canuck November 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Bellini – I completely agree. Pumpkin cheesecake outranks pumpkin pie by a mile.

Emily, warmvanilla – Thank you!

Maggy – Well, come for a visit and we'll make on together.

Tracy – It's the perfect dessert for the holiday season.

Monet & Jennifer – I'm excited to watch the throwdown. Should be fun.

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9 bunkycooks November 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Pumpkin and cheesecake are two of my favorite things and although I am not sure if I would love them together, your version looks very good. :)

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10 Pegasuslegend November 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm

you just gave me a fabulous reason to finally try this! Perfect for sure!

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11 Eve November 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

A little late if you're a canuck :D

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12 Eve November 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

BTW, I just discovered your site yesterday via Flickr and I love it!

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13 Fashion Meets Food November 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

oh my word this looks absolutely amazing! I love your blog. I am a new follower!

xo

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14 Cookin' Canuck November 12, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Bunky – Oh believe me, the flavors are a match made in heaven!

Claudia – I hope you enjoy it.

Eve – Ah, so true. Except that I am a Canuck living in the U.S., which means that I get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice. I'm glad you stopped by!

Fashion – Thanks so much. I look forward to having you as a reader.

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15 Devaki November 13, 2010 at 12:04 am

Dara – I cannot imagine a more perfect cheesecake to grace Thanksgiving table and I especially think your decoration with the cranberry(?) spotted cream is priceless!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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16 ~RED~ November 13, 2010 at 12:11 am

Pumpkin cheesecake, how i love thee!! To keep it from cracking, place a pan of water on a rack underneath the cheesecake.. ;)

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17 Imwaytoobusy November 13, 2010 at 1:19 am

Pumpkin cheesecake? Sounds so decadent! :)

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18 Sandy - Everyday Southwest November 13, 2010 at 5:38 am

Dara,
I've been looking for a pumpkin cheesecake recipe that is as dark and "pumpkin-y" as this looks. The ones I have tried don't have enough pumpkin flavor.
I'm going to give this one a try.

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19 Paul Byron Downs November 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Like the the twist of the cheesecake for Thanksgiving.

Paul
http://www.PaulByronDowns.com

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20 marla {family fresh cooking} November 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I had no idea that Ree was gonna do Throwdown! that is so exciting. Your recipe for pumpkin cheesecake looks wonderful & I will head over to tasty Kitchen to check it out :) xo

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21 A Canadian Foodie November 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Now you're talkin'! This looks deadly!
I am making it. I love pumpkin cheese cake!

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22 Torviewtoronto November 14, 2010 at 12:55 am

delicious cheesecake presentation

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23 Julia November 14, 2010 at 1:40 am

This pumpkin cheesecake sounds absolutely delicious! I have always wanted to try a cheesecake and this sounds easy enough to make. Every year for Thanksgiving, I make a pumpkin pie, which, don’t get me wrong, I love. But, I would love to put a different spin on my tradition. I love to see what different recipes are out there. I work with Better Recipes.com; if you are looking for new and exciting options, I recommend you check out their Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

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24 Anca@Bistro Gerard November 14, 2010 at 7:36 am

This looks so gorgeous, I'm surprised it even lasted two days :-) I must admit I love both pumpkin and cheesecake, but have never had pumpkin cheesecake before. Must try soon

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25 Drick November 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

have made several cheesecakes but not a pumpkin one, this does look like the perfect one – beautiful job

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26 Rochelle November 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I've been wanting to make a pumpkin cheesecake and this looks like a fabulous one! I'll head on over to check out the recipe, thanks for sharing it :D

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27 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker November 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Mmm I love pumpkin cheesecake!

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28 Spoon and Chopsticks November 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm

That seriously looks beautiful. I have never tried making pumpkin cheesecake. I now think I should try this.

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29 carolinaheartstrings November 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

This looks like a great recipe. We always have pumpkin cheesecake at Thanksgiving. Its a staple!

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30 Daydreamer Desserts November 15, 2010 at 6:05 am

This is one I must definitely try out! Thank you for sharing :)

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31 Carolyn November 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

How timely. I am, in fact, planning on making a pumpkin cheesecake for Tgiving. Thanks!

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32 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

This looks amazing!

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33 Emily @ For Sweets Sake November 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

yumm! I know what i'm making for our thanksgiving! :)

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34 blackbookkitchendiaries November 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

we are all big pumpkin fans at my home so i will make some for them this holiday:) thanks for sharing

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35 Kare November 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm

This looks divine.

I *always* end up with cracks in my cheesecakes. Grr – oh well, they still taste the same!

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36 How To: Simplify December 12, 2010 at 5:35 am

You had me at pumpkin…boy oh boy do I love pumpkin pie. This looks amazing!

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37 Patricia Sturdevant June 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Just found the post for pumpkin cheesecake, but no ingredients listed. Could you email me your recipe. Sounds very good!
Thanks!
Pat

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38 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 22, 2012 at 7:41 am

Hi Pat – This was a guest post I did on the Tasty Kitchen blog, so be sure to follow the link in this post to find the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

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