Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

Yield: 10 to 12 servings Active time: 45 minutes Total time: 6 hours 30 minutes January 1, 2016

This cheesecake, with a gingersnap crust, pumpkin filling, and salted caramel sauce, is a beautiful holiday dessert, and serves enough to take to a party.

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. gingersnaps
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 6 Tbs. salted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbs. packed brown sugar
  • Dash of kosher salt
  • 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) salted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Chopped pecans, for serving

Directions

In a food processor or blender, grind the gingersnaps into fine crumbs. Pour into a 10-inch springform pan and stir in the pecans, melted butter, brown sugar and salt. Press into the bottom and sides of the pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese in a stand mixer until soft, scraping the sides once. Mix in the pumpkin, scraping the sides once or twice. Add the eggs 1 at a time, allowing them to mix in, then add the sour cream and mix. With the mixer on low, add the granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Thoroughly scrape the bowl and mix to ensure everything is smooth and mixed in.

Pour the filling into the pan, smoothing the top. Set the pan on a baking sheet and bake until the filling is no longer soupy but still slightly jiggly, about 50 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door just a hair and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 15 more minutes. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 30 minutes, then cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Salted Caramel Sauce

Mix the brown sugar, heavy cream, butter, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low to medium heat. Cook, while whisking gently, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate until needed. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Slice the cheesecake and top with the salted caramel sauce, whipped cream and chopped pecans.

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