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To finish off Pumpkin Recipe week, 
I have the grand old big daddy of pumpkin recipes 
to share with you all. 
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Topping
Hoo Dee Hoo Wah.

Perfect for Thanksgiving, or Christmas Dinner, or for your friend Judy’s birthday, or for your husbands 40th birthday, or for my birthday…please make it and send it to me at your earliest convenience.  
(Give me a few months to burn off the calories I have consumed while taste testing the cheesecake you see in these pictures. Thanks for your cooperation. You are so very kind.)

Now don’t be nervous if you have never tried making cheesecake. 
It’s not as hard as you may think. 
You do need to have an 11 inch spring form pan and about 90 minutes to hang out while the confection bakes in the oven.
You know, you could like…paint your toenails or practice your spelling words or something while it bakes. 
What I meant to say is…you could help your children practice their spelling words. 
It’s also important that the finished cheesecake has time to chill in the refrigerator overnight.   
Are you up for it?
Ok then. Read on!
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Topping
Time: 20 minutes prep + 90 minutes baking + overnight chilling
Yield: 15 servings
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker
2 C gingersnap crumbs (about 35 cookies)
6 T melted butter
1/2 C pecans
1/8 t salt
4   8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
1 t vanilla
dash salt
1 C sour cream
4 eggs
1 C canned pumpkin
1 1/2 t ginger
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/8 t cloves
1 C cool whip
1 C Smuckers Special Recipe Caramel Butterscotch Sauce 
1. Toss the gingersnap cookies into a small food processor. Grind them all up.
2. Melt you butter in the microwave, in a small mixing bowl. Add the gingersnap crumbs
pecans and the salt.
Stir it all together with a wooden spoon, until all ingredients are combined.
3. Press the crust into an ELEVEN INCH spring form pan with a small measuring cup. It’s important that you have a pan big enough for this recipe.
4. Bake the crust at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
1. Put your softened cream cheese into your stand mixer, or large mixing bowl and beat until it’s nice and smooth.
2. Add the sour cream
vanilla, dash of salt and the sugar. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating only until each is combined. Don’t over mix.
4. Pour about 2 cups of the filling into the crust.
You just want to pour enough so that the sides of the crust are almost covered.
5. Measure out your canned pumpkin. Into the measuring cup pour the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir it all around to combine.
6. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the remaining filling and stir it well making sure everything is combines well.
7. Pour the pumpkin filling over the top of the plain filling.
8. Pour about 2 cups of water into a 9×13 pan. Place it on the bottom rack of your oven. Put the cheesecake on the top rack and bake, uncovered for 90 minutes. When done baking, the cheesecake should look golden brown around the edges, but will still be a bit jiggly in the middle. This is fine…it will keep cooking a bit as it cools down.
9. Set the pan on a wire rack and let it cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 
 This is the Caramel Sauce I recommend. 
It tastes the most like homemade, but takes a lot less time. 🙂
10. JUST BEFORE SERVING, pour the caramel sauce into the middle of the cheesecake. 
10. Pipe some cool whip around the edges, cut and serve. 

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  1. Does the cheesecake get baked @ 350 as well? I ask because some get baked at a higher temp. than the crust. Thanks 🙂

    1. Yah, he plays so much and is like, making a linivg out of it. Donch know how he does it. He starts playing about 8pm (after work) until about 3-4am, sleeps a couple of hours and then goes to work. Everyday is like that.

  2. canned pumpkin? I doubt that is sold here – never seen it and would never buy it. So is 1 cup of cooked pumpkin the same?