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Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake

Make Fall parties and holidays extra special with Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake – rich with cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar and seasonings.

Make Fall parties and holidays extra special with Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake - rich with cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar and seasonings.

With the holiday right around the corner, we’d all love to have one really decadent dessert recipe to impress guests, right? This cheesecake recipe is pretty simple, but looks impressive. In my book, that’s a perfect dessert.  

This time of year, I always look forward to eating holiday favorites like bourbon glazed turkey, cornbread stuffing and sweet potato souffle. And dessert!  Who can resist a gorgeous Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake piled with whipped cream? Your  dessert table will be swarmed when guests see this!

Fluffy and decadent, this tasty cheesecake will be an amazing addition to any holiday table.  You will want to make again and again…in fact, your family and guests may beg  for it!

Put on your fat pants because once you taste these flavors, you will crave more.  With a custard smooth filling and  buttery crust this cheesecake will make you a hero! Okay, maybe not, but you will be loved.

Make Fall parties and holidays extra special with Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake - rich with cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar and seasonings.


This delicious dessert is made with simple ingredients you might already have in your pantry!

Brown sugar pumpkin cheesecake


This recipe is really made in 4 easy steps. It does take a little time…but it’s so worth it!

  1. Mix the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. Beat together the the filling and pour on top of the crust in the pan. Spread the filling smooth. Bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until the edges of the filling are firm, but the center is just slightly jiggly. Turn off the oven and let rest with the oven door open for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  3. Cover the cheesecake and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  4. Right before serving, remove the cheesecake from the pan. Beat the whipped cream and smooth over the cheesecake. Sprinkle with nuts. Cut, serve and enjoy!


  • The cream cheese should be soft and at room temperature or the batter may have lumps and not mix smoothly. To soften quickly – remove cream cheese from foil and place in microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the cream cheese is soft in the center. Be careful not to overheat the cream cheese.
  • Be sure the pumpkin you are using is pumpkin puree. Pumpkin pie filling will not work for this recipe.
  • The crust is completely adaptable. Swap out the graham cracker crumbs for Amaretto or gingersnap cookies for more flavor, or add in ground hazelnuts for a delicious nutty texture and flavor.
  • Cheesecakes can crack from quick temperature fluctuations – to help keep your cheesecake from cracking, turn off the oven and let the cooked cheesecake cool in the oven, door open, for 30 minutes before removing.



Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • Author: Christine Mello
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake is a velvety, rich cheesecake with extraordinary flavor. Move over pumpkin pie – make this instead and impress your guests!



For the Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 stick melted unsalted butter

For the Filling

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pureed pumpkin
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

For the Crust

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and pumpkin spice. Pour the melted butter over the mixture and mix with a fork until crumbs are moistened.
  2. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan and press flat into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

For the Filling

  1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl.
  2. Add the pumpkin puree, eggs, sour cream, sugars, pumpkin spice and vanilla. Beat until all ingredients are well combined, about 1 minute, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  3. Pour the filling over the graham cracker crust in the springform pan. Spread out evenly.
  4. Bake in the oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Start checking at 1 hour.
  5. The cheesecake is done when the edges are puffed up and the center is just slightly jiggly when the pan is shaken gently.
  6. Turn off the oven, open oven door and let cheesecake rest for 30 minutes in the oven as it cools. Remove from the oven.
  7. Cover the cheesecake in the pan and chill for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  8. Right before serving make the whipped cream topping.
  9. Pour the cream into a medium bowl. With the beater on medium-high, whip the cream until the cream starts to thicken. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until soft peaks form. The whipped cream should be billowy. Set aside.
  10. Run a sharp knife carefully around the edge of the pan.. Open the latch on the springform pan and lift the cheesecake out from the bottom and set on serving plate.
  11. Smooth the whipped cream over the cheesecake and sprinkle with nuts if desired. Serve cold.


Note – cooking time does not include 4 hour cooling time. Note – Regular cream cheese was used for this recipe, as well as regular sour cream. This recipe has not been tested with reduced fat ingredients.

Keywords: cheesecake, pumpkin, dessert

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Make Fall parties and holidays extra special with Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake - rich with cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar and seasonings.

Photos updated 9/7/2018

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