This pumpkin cheesecake recipe is so simple and a brilliant alternative for the traditional pumpkin pie. I don’t know what it is, I just don’t love pumpkin pie. There’s just too much pumpkin in there for me. HOWEVER, this pumpkin cheesecake is different. It’s pretty much half pumpkin pie and half NY style cheesecake, so that notorious pumpkin flavor is balanced and not overwhelming at all. Take it from me, I’m not even a pumpkin person.

I’ve had an obsession lately with cheesecake. My mom recently moved to Staten Island, and I tried some of the best NY cheesecake while visiting her. I know I know, how am I from New Jersey and just now trying cheesecake for the first time… I don’t have the answer myself but now that I’ve been out on to one of the best desserts in the east coast, I will never sleep on it again. I guess now I understand why there’s a whole factory of cheesecake… it’s all coming together now.

This pumpkin cheesecake is so creamy, airy, and light that you’ll be impressed that you made this in your oven! The homemade whipped cream sets this dessert over the top. Just how amazing whipped cream is with pumpkin pie, whipped cream is 10x more amazing with pumpkin cheesecake.

I used a 6″ spring-form pan and little bit of batter left over, so I made mini cheesecakes in a muffin tin. If you want to make this recipe in a larger size pan, this recipe will work however it will result in a thinner cheesecake. Double the recipe if you’re going for a 10″ or 12″ and want a tall cheesecake like the one in the picture. 🙂

This pumpkin cheesecake recipe is a great way to spice up your dessert table this Thanksgiving. Thank you for reading my recipe, if you decide to try it out tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Pumpkin Cheesecake With Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: normal
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– 1 cup graham cracker, crushed
– 1 tbsp butter, melted
– 1 tbsp brown sugar
– 1 pound cream cheese
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/2 cup sour cream
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1/8 tsp cloves
– 1/8 tsp allspice
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg
– 1/8 tsp ginger
– 1/2 cup heavy cream
– 1 cup powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
1. In a bowl, combine graham cracker, butter, and 1 tbsp sugar and mix until combined.
2. Press mixture down on bottom of 6″ spring-form pan until it is flat and completely covered.
3. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool while working on filling
1. In a bowl, add cream cheese and mix using a hand or stand mixer until whipped, airy, and light.
4. Add sugar and salt and mix until fully combined.
5. Add sour cream and mix until combined.
6. Add eggs, one at a time, until fully combined.
7. Add pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and remaining spices and mix until fully combined.
8. Pour filling into spring-form pan with crust.
9. Place spring-form pan in a large baking pan and create a water bath by adding water to the baking pan.
10. Place in oven for 60 minutes. After an hour, turn off oven but do not remove cheesecake from oven.
11. After 1 hour, remove cheesecake from oven, wrap with cling wrap, and place in fridge overnight.
12. Next day, mix heavy cream and powdered sugar in a bowl until thick, about 5 minutes.
13. Slice into cheesecake and serve with homemade whipped cream. Enjoy!