scent of autumn

After recieving many messages about this pumpkin cheesecake I made for my husbands birthday, I figured I better share it with you all.  Here are the ingredients and directions to make this spectacular cheesecake.  I must say, I prefer it over regular cheesecake, and now I lke it even better than pumpkin pie… plus it will fill your home with the scent of autumn.  A smell that is divine!

Pumpkin Cheesecake



  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (you can use low-fat graham crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick melted salted butter


  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature (you can use a reduced fat cream cheese or fat free cream cheese if you are health-conscious)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (you can use Splenda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For crust:

In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For filling:

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.  *I kept mine in the fridge over night and it turned out just great.  Then I added some fresh powdered sugar on top, and it looked beautiful!  Also, know and be prepared for the “rising” of this cheesecake.  Usually cheesecakes flatten down, but this baby rises!  No worries, this is supposed to happen.


Enjoy this dessert and have a slice for me too.  This will pair well with some vanilla ice cream or some homemade whipping cream as well.  Or even a cup of coffee in the morning time.  Who says you can only eat sweets for a dessert?  They are wrong, my friend.


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