Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake

I recently spent a few days with a good friend who loves cheesecake.  In fact it’s entirely possible that over a four day trip we ate at The Cheesecake Factory three times!  I came home from the visit inspired to try some new cheesecake recipes.

I thought pumpkin would be a fitting flavor to try first.  The recipe yielded a rich and delicious, lightly spiced cheesecake that would be the perfect addition to any holiday dessert menu.

I made 12 mini cheesecakes using a mini cheesecake pan (I found mine at Home Goods, but they are easily available on-line from Amazon or Sur la Table).  The mini cheesecakes may be a tiny bit of extra work to deal with initially, but once baked and cooled, they make a perfect small serving, with no cutting needed.

This delicious mini pumpkin cheesecake recipe can also be made into one large cheesecake.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 12 Mini Cheesecakes (or one 9" Cheesecake)

This cheesecake can be made as minis (as pictured) or as a full sized cheesecake, with equally delicious results. The proportions for 12 mini cheesecakes are listed first, with the ingredients for a full sized cheesecake below.

Ingredients:

(12 Mini Cheesecakes)
Crust-
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Filling-
1 (8oz.) package cream cheese
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
pinch of cloves
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

(9 inch Cheesecake)
Crust-
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Filling-
3 (8oz) packages cream cheese
1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F

For mini cheesecakes-
Preheat oven to 350*F
Prepare crust by combining crust ingredients in a small bowl. Mix to combine with a fork. Add one rounded tablespoon of moist crust crumbs into each mini cheesecake space. Use a small bottle (such as a spice bottle, or a shot glass) to press down the crumbs, to form a crust.

Prepare the filling-
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin, eggs, sour cream, sugar and spices. Blend until combined. Add flour and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
Pour filling into prepared crusts. Divide batter amoung the 12 spaces.

Bake mini cheesecakes in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool about 15 minutes. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours minimum.

For a large (9") Cheesecake- Follow general directions above. Press crust into the botom of a 9" springform pan. Prepare filling (as listed above). Bake cheesecake 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours before serving.

The cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
Top finished cheesecakes with freshly whipped cream.

Recipe source- Adjusted slightly from Paula Deen, 2007

This is a perfect dessert for the busy holiday season.  The cheesecake can be made up to 2 days ahead of time, and stored in the refrigerator.  Top your chilled pumpkin cheesecake with fresh whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon for a delicious and festive treat.

80 comments

  1. i just made these last night for our weekly family dinners – and they were DELICIOUS. i just used regular sized muffin pans…and just doubled the recipe. i usually look at the comments below before trying out new recipes but i just went for it and so glad i did. thank you for the yummy recipe, i have this page as a favorite now.

  2. Oh YUM — never mind some fancy pan, I made these in a muffin tin too (with cupcake holders) and they are PERFECT. Might be my favourite new pumpkin dessert!

    I especially love the portions — usually paying $5 for two packages of cream cheese to make a cheesecake turns me right off the whole process, so a recipe that only calls for 1 package is a very nice treat :) Plus I’m pretty sure 12 pumpkin cheesecakes is still more than enough for just my husband and I!!

    One note — I forgot to even spray the cupcake holders, and the cheesecakes still popped out no problem. I also added 1/2 tsp of ginger to the mix, just because I like a bit of spice to my pumpkin. I’ll definitely make this recipe again!

  3. Hey there!

    Just made this recipe and I LOVE them! So so good!

    I also made them in a mini muffin/cupcake tin, with liners, and I have to transport them so leaving them in the liners work perfectly.

    I also wanted to mention that with the mini muffin tins, I made the recipe as listed, but I had WAY more leftover cheesecake filling, so I made more crust and ended up with almost two dozen! I think this is really nice because when you are making mini anything, more is always better!!

    Thanks!!

  4. Is this self rising flour or all purpose?

  5. Made the minis last night for thanksgiving and they were absolutely amazing ! I used a regular muffin tin I just sprayed it really well and lined the bottoms with a piece of parchment and they came right out :)

  6. What a great recipe! I made mine low-fat by using neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese. And, I used non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. And, I used Trader Joe’s toasted coconut cookie thins instead of graham crackers. It was still decadent! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

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  9. If you bake them in a mini muffin pan (silicone), how long is the baking time?? And has anyone baked them in a sheet pan and cut into squares with success, and how long would that baking time be? Unfortunately, I am not good at transposing baking times!

  10. I just finished baking 2 dozen and I have them in the fridge chilling! The filling is sooo good! Can’t wait till their chilled and I can add whipped cream! Thx for the recipe! It’s def a keeper!

  11. Hey there,
    I just made them for my friend birthday and it was a big success, thank you for the recipe!

  12. I made these mini cheesecakes for Thanksgiving yesterday. I can’t stop eating them!! Best desserts I’ve ever made! I’m a huge fan of pumpkin cheesecake and I’d say these are right up there with Cheescake Factory!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  13. For anyone wanting a review of these cheesecakes:  they are amazing!  I have been searching for mini pumpkin cheesecakes for my upcoming Autumn Cocktail Party and have tried various recipes, but this one was the best.  So yummy and perfect.  My only comment would be that I would not suggest using a regular muffin pan like I did.  They stuck to the bottom & sides.  I even sprayed with Pam!  I did not want the ridges of the muffin liners so that I why I went without, but I think that would work.  Instead, I just picked up a Norpro nonstick mini cheesecake pan from Amazon in which the bottoms pop up for ease of removal.  Can’t wait to serve these to my guests!  Thanks for this recipe.

  14. I made these for r my book club a few days ago.  They weee great!  Thanks for sharing it with us.

  15. I accidentally combined all the filling ingredients at once..whoops. Will this still turn out ok??

    • Hi Sarah,
      Yes, they should be just fine. The only reason to beat the cream cheese first is to ensure it is smooth. It’s harder to get the cream cheese perfectly smooth once everything else is added. Enjoy!

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