Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipe)

pumpkin cheesecake

I love cheesecake. Like love it, love it. I’ve been contemplating joining the Crazy Cooking Challenge for months and when I saw that this month’s challenge was cheesecake, I knew I was on board. And I thought that this Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe was the perfect thing to make!

A few years ago, my husband gave me cookbook for Christmas. It’s chalk full of yummy recipes!


Including this scrumptious copycat recipe for The Cheesecake Factory’s Pumpkin Cheesecake.


I’ve never made it before and I knew that I was ready to give it a try! Here’s what you need:

pumpkin cheesecake ingredients

The first step is to make the crust.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Take 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 5 tablespoons of melted butter, and 1 tablespoon of sugar and mix them together. You just want to make crumbs, not paste.

pumpkin cheesecake step 1

Then dump all of the crumbs into a spring form pan. (If you don’t have one, a pie pan will work – this recipe will make 2 cheesecakes that way).

pumpkin cheesecake step 2

Press the crumbs down on the bottom and a few inches up the sides.

pumpkin cheesecake step 3

Bake the crust for about 5 minutes in the oven, then set aside.

Now for the filling. Add 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to a mixer. Mix until everything is really smooth.

pumpkin cheesecake step 4

Add 1 cup of canned pumpkin, 3 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of allspice. Mix really well.

pumpkin cheesecake step 5

When everything looks really smooth and there are no cream cheese lumps, grab the crust and pour everything in.

pumpkin cheesecake step 6

Bake for 60-70 minutes. After it’s done baking, allow the cheesecake to cool until it’s at room temperature. The move it to the fridge to cool even more before removing the sides of the spring form pan.

pumpkin cheesecake step 7

This cheesecake is so yummy! I think it may be replacing Pumpkin Pie around our Thanksgiving table.


The Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake
recipe from Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 1

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F
2. Make the crust by combining the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir together, but make sure it stays crumbly (not pasty).
3. Press the crumbs onto the bottom about about 2/3 of the sides of a springform pan. You don’t want the crust to go all the way up the sides of the cheesecake. Bake the crust for 5 minutes and set aside
4. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla. Mix until smooth
5. Add the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. Mix until smooth and creamy.
6. Pour the filling into the pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool.
7. After the cheesecake has reached room temperature, chill in the refrigerator. When the cheesecake has chilled, remove the pan sides and cut into 8 equal pieces. Serve with whipped cream.


  1. This looks so good! I need that cookbook lol. Pinning for future use. Thanks!

    Stopping by from CCC.

  2. looks amazing! i def want to try and make this! stopping by from the link up and i'm so glad i did! i love your blog by the way! i can't wait to read more! happy tuesday!

  3. Pinned! With fall right around the corner, this will be making an appearance! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

  4. My birthday is next month and I've been trying to figure out what kind of cake I'm making. I'm fairly certain it's gonna be this one because I love pumpkin and I love cheesecake!!

    Stopping by from CCC #18 - I pinned, tweeted, stumbled, and FB'd your cheesecake :)

  5. GAH I forgot all about that cookbook... I need to dig that out of the basement! This look amazing, we would gobble it up in this house. New follower! -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom, CCC #14

  6. Copy cat recipes are the best! This cheesecake looks like it's perfect for fall :)

    Great CCC pick! I'm #16. :)

  7. Shatzi!! This looks delicious! What an awesome cookbook!

  8. This looks perfect! Pumpkin Cheesecake is one of my favorites and I have that cookbook too! CCC #69

  9. Oh yum! That just screams fall to me! Pinned it so we can make it. Thanks so much! excellent cheesecake choice!

  10. Looks great! I've heard great things about the Cheesecake Factory's pumpkin cheesecake. Thanks for sharing.
    Stopping by from CCC #35

  11. Todd Wilbur has some awesome copycat recipes so I'll bet this is spot on!

  12. Pumpkin and fall...I am ready to make this. I have looked at pumpkin cheesecake recipes but have never made one...this sounds really delicious. CCC #13

  13. Another great fall cheesecake recipe!!! Thank you for sharing it :) CCC#44

  14. Love those copycat recipe books! And this sounds and looks amazing! #55

  15. Stopping by from the hop. This looks delish

  16. I love love love pumpkin and cheesecake. So glad you put these too together, I was seriously considering doing a pumpkin cheesecake too. Yummo!

    #2 Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

  17. I have that book and never noticed this recipe LOL it's been awhile since I flipped through it. Nice choice!

    Jen #73

  18. I adore pumpkin cheesecake, looks amazing.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  19. My favorite type of cheesecake. Pumpkin! Yummy!

  20. That looks amazing! Makes me excited for fall!


  21. What a fantastic cheesecake! I love pumpkin flavour and the vibrant colour! Perfect for Thanksgiving... I'll be saving your recipe just in case I am asked to make dessert for my family this year.

    Stopping by from Crazy Cooking Challenge #59 – I pinned and tweeted your cheesecake!


  22. love cheesecake so this is great!

    Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! Drop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com and say hello!

  23. Pinned this one! Can't wait to make it!

    Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

  24. Yummy, I love pumpkin cheesecake!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

    Thanks, Nichi

  25. Love. Pumpkin. Cheesecake.

    Looks delish!!

    Stopping by from #64 - Individual Biscoff Cheesecakes

  26. Pumpkin Cheesecake is *ONE* of my many favorite cheesecakes, and what a great way to get into fall mode! Thanks for sharing, I'll be trying this out very soon!

  27. Beautiful cake!
    I'll tel you a "secret" - I'm very curious about this cake as I've never ever eaten pumpkin-cheesecake

  28. O my goodness! This looks delicious! I'm pretty sure I gained ten pounds just by looking at all of the desserts! We are having a Countdown to Fall link party and we'd love if you'd link this, and/or any other fall posts! Hope to see you there! Have a great week!

  29. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party just went live at http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html


  30. Looks and sounds amazing - love cheesecake and pumpkin - great combo! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  31. Can I just say YUM?! I love pumpkin. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  32. Oh, my, did I take a happy deep breath when I saw this recipe! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  33. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party! You've been featured and pinned to my Tuesday Confessional board on Pinterest!

  34. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I'm so excited for fall to come so I can have an excuse to bust out the pumpkin recipes! I'm featuring this on my blog today :)


  35. This looks delicious but I am not ready for Fall yet so I am going to pretend I didn't see it. :-) Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  36. LOVE it soooo much that I featured it on my blog today :)


  37. This cheesecake recipe looks delicious, but it really doesn't call for any sugar in the cheesecake filling?

    1. It does call for sugar. 1 cup. It's included in the recipe at the bottom. However, I failed to include the sugar in the photo at the top. Sorry about that. ;)

  38. This sounds so yummy and the perfect thing for fall! I found you via Online BlogCon :)

  39. yummy.Its really a nice recipe"here.I just love it.

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  41. Do you think this recipe will still be moist and delicious if I made mini bite versions of it?

  42. Do you bake the same time for two pie tins?

    1. Sorry the anonymous post is from dbrown421@gmail.com. Thanks for your help

  43. I have made this recipe many times and it a family favorite. I cant show up for the holidays without at least three.

  44. I have made this recipe many times and it a family favorite. I cant show up for the holidays without at least three.


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