Recently, one of my coworkers asked when I would be bringing in dessert again. I love bringing in my baking creations to share with my teammates and so since it was requested I thought it would be prime time to make something that screams “AUTUMN”. What stood out to me the most from this recipe from Eating Well was the gingersnap crust. I love gingersnaps and I was so excited to try it out rather than the boring and bland graham cracker crust. I have to say this is going to now be my go-to crust, and maybe even my new Thanksgiving pie!
- 8oz Gingersnap Cookies
- 1/4 TSP Salt, divided
- 3 TBSP Melted Butter
- 3 8oz Packages Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 15 oz Unseasoned Pumpkin Puree
- 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
- 2 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice (Nutmeg, Ginger, Cinnamon)
Let’s Get Bakin’
Preheat the oven to 325F
Coat a 9in springform pan with butter. Tightly wrap the outside of the pan with foil, making sure to cover the bottom and sides.
Grab a small sauce pan and fill with water, bring to a boil.
In a food processor or blender, pulse the gingersnap cookies and 1/8 TSP of salt. Once finely ground, drizzle in the butter and scrape down the sides as needed. Make sure all the crumbs are all softened. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan and about 1/2in up the sides. Place in the freezer.
Clean the food processor/blender and then combine the cream cheese + sugar + eggs + 1/8 TSP Salt and blend well until smooth. Remove 1/4 cup of the batter and reserve. Add in the pumpkin + vanilla + pie spices to the remaining mixture and process until smooth.
Pour the pumpkin batter into the chilled crust. Drizzle the reserved batter over the top and run a knife through the batters to swirl together.
Place the pan in a roasting pan [I used a baking sheet]. Pour in the boiling water to come up about 1in up the sides of the springform pan.
Bake the cheesebake until set around the edges but the center is slightly wiggly, about 1hr 30 min.
Remove from the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the wter bath for about 1hr.
Remove from the water bath and remove the foil, refridgerate for atleast 3 hours before serving.
Serve with whip cream if you desire & enjoy!
Made with Love,