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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe With Maple Swirl

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Pumpkin cheesecake maple swirl
Photo: Diana Rattray
Swirls of vanilla or maple filling and spices give this pumpkin cheesecake an extra-special look and taste. Bake this wonderful pumpkin cheesecake for a special fall or winter event and get ready to hand out the recipe!

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 10 to 12


  • 12 whole cinnamon graham crackers (24 single crackers)
  • 5 tablespoons butter
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  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour (stir before measuring)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 cups boiling water


Heat oven to 350°. Set a 10-inch springform pan on a large sheet of heavy duty foil and wrap the outside of the pan up to the rim.

Process the graham crackers in a food processor until crumbs are fine. Or, put the crackers in a large food storage bag and roll with a rolling pin until finely crushed. Put cracker crumbs in a bowl and work in melted butter with a fork until well blended. Pat crust mixture into the bottom of the springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

While crust is baking, prepare the filling. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar, then add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in flour, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and salt just until blended.

Remove about 1 cup of the mixture to a small bowl.

To the mixture in the large mixing bowl, add the pumpkin and spices; beat just to blend.

To the mixture in the small bowl, stir in the maple flavoring or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Pour pumpkin mixture into the baked crust. Spoon dollops of the maple mixture onto the pumpkin mixture and swirl in with a small spatula or butter knife. Repeat spooning the dollops and swirling until all of the maple (of vanilla) mixture is used.

Set the cheesecake in a large roasting pan; place in the oven. Carefully ladle boiling water into the large roasting pan until the water is about 2 inches deep, or about halfway up the side of the foil wrapping the cheesecake.

Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the cheesecake appears set but is still a little jiggly in the center.
Top with spiced whipped cream or drizzle with a dessert sauce.

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 4 out of 5
Well worth the time, Member Ravens_Kitchen

I'm a chef and one of my specialties is cheesecake. There isn't a cheesecake out there that I haven't tried and this one gives a great foundation. It is easily followed so that even a novice could create a masterpiece. I made a few changes to the original and once you understand how baking formulas work, you can change it to suit your needs. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the crust, but you could easily substitute ginger snaps with excellent results. I also used a 1/2 cup of brown sugar to the 1 cup of white sugar for a bit of depth in the flavor. I used freshly grated nutmeg which as a more intense flavor than the ""canned"" variety. Instead of artificial maple flavoring I substituted one tablespoon real maple syrup. I also blended the spices into the whole cheesecake batter, only adding the Maple syrup to the 1 cup portion used for the swirl. To make a more dramatic swirl I added orange food coloring to deepen the color of the pumpkin portion of the filling. This made the white maple batter stand out significantly in contrast to the pumpkin batter. Overall this is a wonderful recipe that lends itsself to becoming a Thanksgiving staple, even for those who thought cheesecake was too complicated to attempt.

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