Monday, October 21, 2019

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Please join me for some Pumpkin Cheesecake on the patio, while we admire the haunted house that Harper and my son, Mike, put together.

  I made the tea cozy last year with vintage-look fabric that I had bought several years ago. 

Yield: About 8

Pumpkin Chesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

I adapted my plain Instant Pot Cheesecake recipe in order to make a pumpkin flavored one. I think I like this better than pumpkin pie!


  • For the crust:
  • 1 cup gingersnaps (I used pumpkin gingersnaps)
  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 16 ounces cream (2 blocks) cream cheese (I used Nuefchatel)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (freeze the rest)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature


How to cook Pumpkin Chesecake

  1. Make crust:  Spray a 7" springform fan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine crushed gingersnaps, melted butter and salt.   Spread evenly  in the bottom and partially up the side of the pan.  Freeze for 20 minutes, while you prepare the filling.
  3. Make cheesecake:  In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, and pumpkin until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla, cinnamon , nutmeg, and salt.  Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until just blended.  Don't overmix.  Por batter into springform pan.
  4. Pour 1 and 1/2 cups water into IP and place trivet in the bottom.  Wrap the entire pan in foil, covering the top, also.  This will prevent water from falling onto the cheesecake.  Lower the pan on the trivet.
  5. Lock the lid in place and select  High pressure.  Set timer for 35 minutes.  Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  6. Remove the cheesecake from the IP and carefully remove the foil.  Place in a wire rack and allow to cool for at least an hour.
  7. Cover the springform pan with foil and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  Garnish with whipped cream. 
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My son, Mike, and Harper had fun putting this together while my youngest son and duaghter-in-law were in NYC for a benefit.  We kept the littles busy with crafts, and activities for three nights and four days.

Harper actually placed all the candies (along with a few nibbles) on to the house. She's very careful and precise!

Hayden loved playing with the homemade play dough, which stays so soft and pliable. 

The weekend before was Hayden's 2nd Birthday Party, which was a theme of ice cream, a favorite of Hayden !

It was such a nice day, that the party was outside.

Here is my son Kevin, with his wife, Kristen, and Hayden and Harper (who changed her clothes mid party!). 

Here we are at the kids' craft table with Cissy, Hayden and Molly, my daughter.

Hayden opened her gifts inside.  My son, Mike, is with us, enjoying the fun time.

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. Kitty, How do you stand the cuteness??! That Harper in that she changed here clothes mid-party. :) So nice for you to have Mike to help entertain them and keep them busy over the long weekend. Your teacozy is so cute, along with Harper's Haunted House and your cheesecake looks delicious. ♥

  2. How perfectly darling and your cozy looks amazing Kitty! Great family times!

  3. The pumpkin cheese cake sounds really good. I enjoyed looking at the photos. Have a nice day and week Kitty.

  4. What a fun post and would I love to join you for a slice of that pumpkin cheesecake! You did an exceptional job on the tea cozy. Sounds like you and your family have been very busy having fun times! Hugs...Sandi

  5. Oh Kitty, I just love all of the wonderful family pictures. You have a beautiful family. I know you all had fun together. gotta be wore out though! LOL! But a good kind of tired too. YUM....that pumpkin cheesecake looks sooooo good! I need a slice with a cup of coffee right about now for a pick-me-up. Hope your weeks is going great dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Hmmm...that cheesecake sounds yummy! My sister is coming to visit me on her birthday this week so I could whip up something special for her day.

  7. And I love how you kept all your adorable Littles busy all that time! No small feat. They look very happy, too. Always a joy to find beautiful, smiling Cissy here, too, though she is not a “Little” anymore.

  8. Happy Birthday to Hayden! I can't believe she's two now!

    I also prefer pumpkin cheesecake to pumpkin pie. YUM!

  9. Oh goodness, you must be worn out after 4 days! So nice of you and lucky you to have Mike there to help you! I have seen the haunted house kits and know they had a lot of fun building that! Your cheesecake sounds yummy, and I love the cute cozy you made! Fun times,

  10. Love your haunted house tea and the pumpkin cheesecake sounds yummy. The fabric you made the cozy with is adorable.I know Mike and Harper had so much fun assembling the haunted house. I'm sure you had your hands full for four days, and much fun! Great family shots Kitty........

  11. Everything is so cute from the black check tablecloth and plate with orange pumpkin cheesecake for a Halloween theme. Your cozy is adorable as is the Haunted House all decorated.
    You have been very busy partying, crafting, cooking, and eating. You have the best family times but you may need a little rest.

  12. Oh, that pumpkin cheesecake sounds amazing! I LOVE anything pumpkin! It was so nice to see photos of your time with your family. God bless you, sweet friend! Praying for you. :)

  13. You say you like this better than pumpkin pie, Mmmm...I must try it then.
    Lovely photos of you and your family!

    Beautiful post, Kitty

  14. Looks like everyone is having fun Kitty! I'd love to try your IP pumpkin cheesecake and the tea cozy is really cute:@)

  15. Such sweet family photos, Kitty. Those faces must fill your heart with joy! The pumpkin cheesecake sounds delicious, and I think I would prefer it to pumpkin pie. That's never been a favourite of mine.

  16. Hello! Pumpkin cheesecake! I'll be right over! It looks delicious, and that house is darling, but what really blows my skirt up is that tea cozy. I have gorgeous fabric that I have no clue as to what to do with, because I'm a bit of a fabric-buying freak without a pattern to my name. Tell me more.

  17. Your cheesecake sounds yummy, and I love the cute cozy you made! Glad you had a fun weekend! xo

  18. What lovely family photographs … special times, happy memories.
    Your cheesecake recipe sounds delicious.

    All the best Jan

  19. What a wonderful post as ever!!!Your family is adorable,Happy Belated Birthday to Hayden!I love your cute tea cozy and that gorgeous table!The elegant teacup is perfect too.Your recipe looks great.Blessings,dear Kitty!

  20. Hi Kitty,
    What a very special time with your family, those kiddo's are so precious! Your tea table with the Pumpkin Cheesecake is just perfect for the season! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  21. So sweet. You look gorgeous. What a fun birthday. I love the haunted gingerbread house. It's featured this week.

  22. Did you say pumpkin AND cheesecake in the same sentence? I want some now! Love your cute black & white checks and that adorable tea cosy. wonderful pictures of you and your sweet family!

  23. Such a sweet post!

    TY for the pumpkin cheesecake recipe. If I feel better I may host a dinner party in a few weeks and think I will make it.

    BIG hugs, my friend. ♥

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