Classic cheesecake infused with creamy pumpkin, plus a double dose of pumpkin spice – it’s baked both in the cake and the crust!

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Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake! Classic cheesecake infused with creamy pumpkin, plus a double dose of pumpkin spice - it's baked both in the cheesecake and in the crust! |

About Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

Alright, you guys… you knew this day was coming. I warned you the best I could, and gave you a few other delicious fall food options to tide you over, but I couldn’t wait any longer.

Pumpkin everything has arrived!

Did you notice we’re more than halfway through September?

Or that the first day of fall is only five days away?

(Before you run off to Google, that’s September 23rd.)

So you see, I’m actually a little late on the whole pumpkin craze, especially with all the delicious pumpkin recipes I’ve seen floating around. You guys have even been showing some love to my

You guys have even been showing some love to my Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge, for which I’m extremely grateful.

It’s always fun to see when older posts get a new lease on life.

But 2015 is a new year, and I simply can’t pass up the opportunity to cook more pumpkin treats.

Not only does it make my house smell amazing (no scented candle can ever come close to that true baked pumpkin smell, amirite?) but, well, it’s pumpkin spice cheesecake we’re talking about here.

It is everything that embodies the sweetness and comfort of fall.

And when you add a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkling of more pumpkin pie spice, and a drizzle of caramel sauce on top?

Seriously, who wouldn’t want a slice of this cheesecake?

Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake! Classic cheesecake infused with creamy pumpkin, plus a double dose of pumpkin spice - it's baked both in the cheesecake and in the crust! |

As for the cheesecake itself:

It’s extremely moist and smooth, even without baking it in a water bath, but that’s probably all thanks to the creamy pumpkin inside.

Pumpkin pie spice is used both within the cheesecake and the graham cracker crust, giving you that extra dose of what everyone is craving around this time of year.

And I highly recommend whipping up the caramel drizzle – the cheesecake still tastes amazing without it, but I think you’d be missing out if you skipped it!

notes & tips for this pumpkin cheesecake recipe

  • I wanted to be upfront that this recipe is written to not use a water bath. For those that might not know, cheesecakes are typically baked in a springform pan which is then wrapped in foil and placed within a larger pan filled with water. This method helps prevent the top of the cheesecake from cracking. I’ve made this cheesecake a few times and the top comes out “mostly” unblemished (meaning maybe 1-2 small cracks) without a water bath. I’m okay with this because I always tend to spill the water when using a water bath and I’d rather avoid the hassle. However, if you’re more graceful than I am (not hard to do!) and you’d rather not have any cracks along the top of the cheesecake, be sure to use a water bath!
  • Looking for more pumpkin recipes? Be sure to check out Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge, Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin Spice Cream Horns, Pumpkin Cheesecake DipPumpkin Pie Spice Recipe, and Pumpkin Coffee Ice Cream.

Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake! Classic cheesecake infused with creamy pumpkin, plus a double dose of pumpkin spice - it's baked both in the cheesecake and in the crust! |

Recipe Details

Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake! Classic cheesecake infused with creamy pumpkin, plus a double dose of pumpkin spice - it's baked both in the cheesecake and in the crust! |
4.42 from 29 votes

Classic Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

15 mins prep + 1 hr 45 mins cook + 4 hrs Chilling Time
838 kcal
Yields: 8 slices
Classic cheesecake infused with creamy pumpkin, plus a double dose of pumpkin spice - it's baked both in the cake and the crust!


Pumpkin Spice Crust
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, (roughly 12 whole graham crackers)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, use this recipe to make your own
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Filling
Caramel Drizzle (optional)


For the Pumpkin Spice Crust
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add melted butter to bowl and stir until all ingredients are damp and lightly clumping.
  • Pour pumpkin spice crust mix in the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Use your hands to firmly press mixture to the bottom of the pan and about 1/2 inch up the sides. If needed, use the back of a spoon to smooth everything out.
  • Place plan in the oven and bake for 8 minutes. Remove pan and place on a wire cooling rack to cool. Let crust cool completely before adding filling, about 30 minutes.
For the Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Filling
  • Preheat oven to 350 F again (if needed).
  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl, add cream cheese and light brown sugar. Beat on low speed until fluffy and there are no more clumps, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together (do not use mixer) pumpkin puree, eggs, greek yogurt, flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and vanilla. Mix until just combined; mixing the eggs too much can result in air bubbles in the cheesecake, which can cause the surface to crack while baking.
  • Slowly add the pumpkin mixture in the bowl with the cream cheese, then set mixer speed to low. As before, mix only until just combined. Run a spatula along the edges of the bowl to ensure everything gets incorporated.
  • Pour cheesecake mix in the prepared 9-inch springform pan. Mixture should almost completely fill the pan, leaving about a 1/2 inch rim around the top.
  • Place the springform pan in the oven and bake for 1 hour. When done, turn off the oven and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Allow cheesecake to sit in the oven for another 45 minutes.
  • When finished, remove cake from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack (still in the springform pan). Wrap the top of the cake with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.
For the Caramel Drizzle
  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add caramels and evaporated milk. Cook until caramels have melted and sauce is smooth, whisking frequently. Allow sauce to cook for 1 additional minute, then remove from heat.
  • Allow sauce to cool for at least 10 minutes before using.
Putting It All Together
  • When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from springform pan (tip: run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to help loosen the cheesecake) then transfer to a serving plate of your choice.
  • As cheesecake is cut and served, drizzle caramel sauce on slices of cheesecake. If desired, sprinkle with more pumpkin pie spice and add a dollop of whipped cream on top.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 838kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 77g | Vitamin A: 9869IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Katalina @ Peas & Peonies

    I’ve been eyeing this one on tumblr! It looks so dense, decadent and delicious! love it!

    • Deborah

    This looks divine!! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Rebekah

    This sounds amazing, can’t wait to try it! What size of a springform pan does it require?

    • Hey Rebekah! I’m SO SORRY I missed your comment so long ago! I can’t believe I did that 🙁
      If you still need the size, I used a 9 inch springform pan.

    • Alyssa

    This looks SO amazing. My daughter has a dairy allergy, so I rarely make desserts with dairy, but I might have to make this just for myself. 🙂

    • Thanks Alyssa! If you make it, I hope it turns out great!

    • Nancy

    This does look absolutely delicious!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful, pumpkin-y recipe. I did want to let you know that the listed ingredients say “green” yogurt instead of greek. Later in the instructions, you mention it as greek, but I thought it might be helpful to note.

    • Thank so much you for letting me know! Somehow that typo still made it through after 3 proofreads 😀 All fixed now.

    • Kathy | Mom Learns To Cook

    Yum! Yum! Yum! What else is there to say? This looks delicious. I definitely want to try making it. Pinning for later.

    • Jennifer A Stewart

    I am finally getting into the pumpkin mood! This is just what I need to kick it in to high gear! Must make this for my halloween dinner!!!!

    • Sounds like a plan Jennifer! I hope it turns out great 😀

    • Arman @ thebigmansworld

    This looks absolutely delicious- Ironically, cheesecake is something I haven’t had pumpkin spiked yet- Now’s my chance!

    • Definitely worth a try Arman! If you make it, I’d love to hear what you think (and if you can make it a dietary-friendly option!)

    • Lauren

    This looks so good! Can you just sent me some, since I am pretty sure that even with your awesome instructions I would screw this up!

    • I wish I could! But I promise it’s easier than it looks 😀 Cheesecakes get a bad rap, but they’ll still taste amazing even if if the top has a few cracks or bubbles. The cheesecake in the photo had a few cracks in the surface and the company we had over last night still ate every but of it.

    • Ashleigh

    Cheesecake is my hub’s fav and this Fall version is sure to make him happy! thank y

    • Thanks Ashleigh! I hope he likes it 😀

    • Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    I swear I could eat this year-round, not just in the Fall! It looks so light, but I just know it’s dense with flavor. Yum!

    • I completely agree Dee Dee! Pumpkin is great whenever 😀

    • Nicoleta Dragoi

    This looks so amazing! Especially since I love cheesecake! <3 <3

    • Julia

    I am a huge fan of cheesecake. I love the idea of a pumpkin version. This would be great at Thanksgiving!!

    • Sounds like a plan! If you make it, I hope you like it Julia! 😀

    • Kristen Kavan

    ok, so I am not a good baker. Is this hard to make? I’ve always heard nightmares about cheesecakes. This one just looks so good!

    • I think the struggle with cheesecakes comes with getting the “smooth top.” When you have bubbles in the surface, it usually means the eggs were stirred too much while mixing. If there’s cracks in the surface, it means some moisture was lost during baking, which is where the “water bath” method comes in (there’s a link above on how to do that). BUT, I didn’t use a water bath when I made this recipe. There were a few cracks on the top, but the moisture of the cheesecake itself didn’t suffer for it. I think the challenge comes with the water bath since it requires extra preparation, but it’ll give you the blemish free cheesecake if that’s what you’re after. For me, I just wanted a tasty cheesecake without the hassle 😀

    • Francesca

    I can’t believe summer is already on its way out! That being said I’m definitely ready for fall and all the yummy treats that come with it!! This looks delicious, I love cheesecake!

    • Jamie | The Kitchenarium

    Keep the pumpkin spice out of my coffee and put it all in the cheesecake. This looks sooooooo good! Great job!

    • LOL I agree Jamie! It’s much better in dessert form. Thanks 😀

    • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    WOW. Cheesecake factory eat your heart out! I LOVE pumpkin flavored-everything AND cheesecake. Might have to bust this out for Turkey Day! Thanks!

    • Thanks Chrissa! If you make it, I hope it turns out great 😀

    • Ana De- Jesus

    You are such a good baker, who knew that pumpkin pie could make such a delicious cheesecake? Could you send me some via airmail I am really craving a cheesecake now!

    • If only I could! Maybe one day someone will figure out long range food delivery 😀

    • Olivia @ livforcake

    This looks AH-mazing! And I love that you put pumpkin spice right into the crust too. Looks heavenly.

    • Florian @ContentednessCooking

    This looks amazing! I bet this cake would surely impress a bunch of guests!