Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Topping

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Topping
The two winners of the 
Robyn mrsrobynharris@gmail.com and

                          Steph Thomas  sthomasaz@yahoo.com 

Thanks so much for entering everyone. I have loved reading your sweet comments and truly appreciate all of the feedback!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. 

Post a comment!


  1. 1
    October 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Did that really just say my name!!!!! I can NOT believe that!!!! I am so so so excited!!!! Jamie really? I am in shock!!!!! WOW!!!! I am calling my sister in laws right now!!!! Thank you thank you!!! Let me know what you need from me.
    Thanks again!!

  2. 2
    October 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    This looks great! I cant wait to try it!

  3. 3
    October 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I won, I won, I won, I won, I won!!! Yippeeee! I have needed knives for a while….yay! Merry (early) Christmas to me! I'm seriously doing a happy dance right now! I already called my husband and told him we are getting new knives. Woo hoo…oh seriously, you don't even know how excited I am!!!!

  4. 4
    October 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Four words: Oh my holy dang. 🙂

  5. 5
    October 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Keebler Butter Pecan Shortbread cookies also makes a wonderful crust!!

  6. 6
    Karen Stephenson
    October 22, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Did you really mean 1cup of vanilla? That's way more than I would think. Maybe 1 tsp?

  7. 7
    October 22, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Hi Karen,
    One Cup Vanilla!!! Thanks for the heads up. You are right, it only needs 1 tsp. Thanks for pointing the error out to me.
    Have a great night!

  8. 8
    October 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my! I'm definitely adding this to the Thanksgiving menu…that is if I can wait that long to try it!

  9. 9
    October 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    This looks amazing! You're my new favorite food blog!

  10. 10
    October 24, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Can't wait to try this cheesecake. My husband's B-day is a week away, I need to know where you bought your 11 inch spring form pan. I have a 9 inch and otherwise have only seen 10 inch ones.

  11. 11
    October 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    9 and 10 inch do seem to be the most common. I ordered my 11 inch as part of a three pan set online. However, several years ago I purchased a similar set at a Kitchen Kneads store. If you have trouble finding the 11 inch pan, I would suggest using the 9 inch pan your have…but only using about 2/3 of the filling. You could cook the extra filling in some muffin tins lined with cupcake holders. Good luck! Hope this helps.
    PS…I can't remember where I ordered my set from but I searched a little on Amazon and they have some sets that would work.
    Also..here is a link to an 11 inch pan from Amazon.

  12. 12
    October 25, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Thank you for you quick response about the pans. I enjoy your blog and the recipes that you share.

  13. 13
    November 18, 2011 at 3:12 am

    I made this the other day for a party and everyone LOVED it. I just wanted to let others know though, don't use Ready Whip for a topping. With the caramel, it melted all over and looked gross, but still tasted great. I also made it in a 9″ pan and it turned out great. Thanks for the delicious recipe

  14. 14
    November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I just made this, and other than using 10Tbsp butter (instad of 6), it is REALLY GOOD!!!! Thankfully I had some graham crackers so I mixed those in with the gingersnaps. It seemed to work out just find. I'l find out when I get to work in a little while.:) Hubby liked the one little sliver I gave him to taste test. I used a 10-inch pan and seemed to work just find.

    I had never madea cheesecake until now. Your recipes and directions have given me the courage to bake new things and not be afraid! 🙂 I'm anxious to take this to work today..:)

  15. 15
    November 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Check you out! So glad it turned out well.
    Have a good one!

  16. 16
    November 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Hi Jamie,
    I really enjoy your blog and recipes. Thank you for what you do. I’m wondering if this pumpkin cheesecake is freezable, like the toffee cheesecake? What’s the best way to store a cheesecake in the freezer? Thanks!

    • 17
      November 19, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Yes, this cheesecake will freeze well. Don’t add the caramel or cool whip to the top until you are ready to serve it. After it has cooled, I generally just freeze cheesecake in the same pan I baked it in. I wrap the whole thing tightly in foil. Good luck! Hope you enjoy it.

  17. 18
    November 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    If I left out the pecans (due to nut allergies) what should I replace them with? More gingersnaps?

    • 19
      November 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Yes, just add more gingersnaps. Good luck!

  18. 20
    November 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

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

    • 21
      February 8, 2014 at 5:22 am

      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.

  19. 22
    November 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Help! Ready to put this baby in…cook at 350 too?

  20. 23
    May 25, 2016 at 8:35 am

    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?

    • 24
      June 2, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Yes, 1 C cooked pumpkin puree would work out great.
      Best of luck!

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