Perfect pumpkin cheesecake is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall pumpkin season. Recipe by Dash of Jazz

Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake

It’s November, y’all! Some may say “Where did the year go?!” and, while I agree that it has flown by, this is my favorite time of year. I’m a summer baby and enjoy the warmth of the season but the end of the year is up there for me, I can’t lie. (*In my Joanne the Scammer voice*) Everything slows down a bit, the house just feels more cozy, and the food, y’all. The food. The Thanksgiving holiday is every American cook’s delight/workout and, of course, Christmas is my absolute favorite. I get to decorate, cook, give presents, and, most importantly, celebrate Jesus! So, as we slide on into this beloved time of year, I thought I would share a new family favorite for your Turkey Day table or really, whenever you feel like making it: Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Perfect pumpkin cheesecake is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall pumpkin season. Recipe by Dash of Jazz

I’ve previously mentioned that I’m not into pumpkin pie. I was raised in a sweet potato pie household so that’s where my loyalties lie by default. On the scale of things, sweet potato pie is way above pumpkin pie but still not at the top of my list. (This sweet potato praline bread pudding is the business, though!) Cheesecake, on the other hand, is one of my favorite kinds of cake. My other faves are carrot and tres leches, in case you’re wondering. 🙂 There are so many yummy [and crazy] cheesecake creations out there but this one is pretty simple, as far as cheesecakes go. It’s not consumed by the pumpkin flavor and the classic sweet cream cheese flavor still comes through like a champ. The recipe is fool-proof and so easy to follow. I first made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was a hit with my whole family…none of whom particularly like pumpkin! The holidays are a great time to test new recipes because you have a hungry, captive audience…not that I ever have a shortage of food tasters around. It’s also a good time to shake things up. Of course, I’m not suggesting throwing out your grandma’s dressing recipe or anything like that. Let’s not get crazy! In my house, Granny’s dressing is a Thanksgiving cornerstone. I hope you’ll try this and let me know if you and your family enjoy just as much as mine did.

Perfect pumpkin cheesecake is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall pumpkin season. Recipe by Dash of Jazz

Are you like me and would enjoy this perfect pumpkin cheesecake but not pumpkin pie? Check out a few other pumpkin favorites: pumpkin donutspumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin salsa, pumpkin maple baked oatmeal, pumpkin spice hot chocolate. Thanks for reading!

Signature Dash of Jazz

P.S. This cheesecake is great by itself, with ice cream, or whipped cream…or both!

Perfect pumpkin cheesecake is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall pumpkin season. Recipe by Dash of Jazz

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Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake
Perfect pumpkin cheesecake is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall pumpkin season. Recipe by Dash of Jazz
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cheesecake
Crust
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cheesecake
Crust
Perfect pumpkin cheesecake is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or any time during the fall pumpkin season. Recipe by Dash of Jazz
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix graham cracker crumbs with sea salt, 1/4 cup brown sugar and melted butter then press into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese until smooth (about 4 minutes). Mix in remaining ingredients.
  3. Gently pour batter over crust. Bake for 1 hour.
  4. Cool slightly then cover and chill for at least 4 hours (I usually leave it overnight).
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23 Comments

  1. This looks like perfection! I have to try this soon!

  2. Making cheesecake is so easy and there are so many different versions to choose from. Your pumpkin one sounds delicious.

  3. This sounds so amazing. I love any pumpkin dessert! Gotta try to make it for Thanksgiving this year.

  4. Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorites and this one sounds delicious!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  5. I love cheesecakes! I’ll have to try this.

    One Awesome Momma

  6. Wow this looks amazing. I love pumpkin pie, and cheesecake! Thanks for sharing

  7. this looks amazing. Cheesecake is my weakness to begin with, add pumpkin and it’s the best ever!

  8. This looks amazing! Definitely
    Making this for thanksgiving 🙂

  9. Saving this recipe now, YUM! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  10. I could totally eat the whole pie right now! It looks so good!

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

  11. Cheesecake is my favorite dessert, and I love pumpkin flavored anything. So this combines two of my favorite things into one perfect dessert for fall!

  12. Oh man I can’t be trusted around pumpkin cheesecake 🙂 I would devour this!

  13. Oh wow this looks so delicious. I have never tried to make a cheesecake but I might have to if it has pumpkin in it! Great job!

    1. Jazz

      Thank you! You should try it–it’s much easier than it looks.

  14. Seriously happy that it’s love al things pumpkin season. Looks delicious.

  15. This title is bang on.. pumpkin and cheesecake.. delicious.

  16. Omg pumpkin and cheesecake all in one ! I’m in … I love cheesecake and this flavor is perfect for Fall.

    With Love Rochelle
    http://www.withloverochelle.com

  17. This looks killer! I need to try, would be great for thanksgiving! I’m usually scared of cheesecakes but this seems easy enough 😉

    1. Jazz

      Yes! It is easy so don’t be scared lol. Thanks for reading!

  18. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm … mmmmmm

  19. I would like pumpkin pie AND pumpkin cheesecake, not together mind you, but both are delicious to me. 😉 I have actually never made a cheesecake at home, but I’ve always wanted to!

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