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Janet's Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Thanks to Janet for sharing this great tasting pumpkin cheesecake recipe. It's made with a spiced pumpkin filling and a graham cracker crust. A little Bourbon adds some spirit to this cheesecake.

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Pumpkin Filling
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin pureé
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 24 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • Topping
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • pecan halves

Preparation:

Prepare crust. Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Combine crumbs, pecans, sugar in a bowl. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture over bottom and 1/2 inch up side of pan. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and brown sugar in bowl. Cut cream cheese into chunks and cream together with the sugar in bowl of electric mixer. Beat in cream, cornstarch, vanilla, bourbon, and pumpkin mixture until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake on the middle rack of oven for 50-55 minutes or until the center is set. Let cook in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

For topping, whisk the sour cream, sugar and bourbon in a bowl. Spread over cheesecake. Bake for 5 minutes. Let cool in pan on wire rack. Cover and chill overnight before serving. Remove sides and decorate with pecan halves.

Janet's Note:
My mom would make this cheesecake all through the Holidays and we called it our special cheesecake because after dinner we would sit around the fireplace in the family room and tell special stories while eating this delicious cheesecake. There have been many variations over the years but I hope you like this one.

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