Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake


2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 packages (8 oz) neufchatel cheese (light cream cheese) or regular
3/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 can (1 lb.) pumpkin puree


Place about a third of the gingersnap cookies in a zip-lock plastic bag, seal, and roll with a rolling pin until cookies are finely crushed; repeat to crush remaining cookies (you need 1 3/4 cups). In a 9-inch cheesecake pan with removable bottom, mix cookie crumbs, granulated sugar, and butter.
Press crumb mixture over bottom and about 1 inch up sides of pan. Bake crust in a 325 degree oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
With an electric mixer, beat together the cheese and the brown sugar until they are blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Remove 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture and set it aside. Stir the five-spice powder and pumpkin into the remaining mixture until they are well blended.
Pour pumpkin mixture into crustlined pan. Drop rounded tbls of the reserved cheese mixture randomly over the pumpkin mixture. With a knife or metal spatula, draw blade through the white and orange mixtures to marble.
Bake in a 325 oven until the center barely jiggles when cake is gently shaken, about 50 minutes. Cool on a rack. Cover and chill until cold, at least 2 1/2 hours or up to 1 day. Run a knife around edge of cake and remove pan sides.
Serve with sweetened softly whipped cream flavored with a little pumpkin pie spice or candied ginger.




teri eskandari's picture

I have a real weakness for the Pumpkin Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory, but the calories and fat leave me speechless. I am so happy I found this recipe. It is smooth and luscious and "pumpkiny". It's easy to put together and beautiful to look at. Best of all no guilt. Everyone loved it!


8.0 to 10 servings


Friday, December 10, 2010 - 1:02am


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