Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Recipe From: Audrey Craig

Ingredients

Crust

  • Nonstick Vegetable Oil Spray
  • 2 Cups Gingersnap Cookie Crumbs (about 9oz)
  • 1 Cup Pecans (about 3 1/2oz)
  • 1/4 Cup (Packed) Golden Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Crystallized Ginger
  • 1/4 Cup (1/2 Stick) Unsalted Butter, Melted

Filling

  • 4 Packages 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Can 15oz Pure Pumpkin
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp AllSpice
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Topping

  • 2 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream

Directions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray 9 inch diameter spring form pan with 2 3/4 inch high sides with nonstick spray.
  3. Grind cookie crumbs, pecans, brown sugar, and ginger in processor until nuts are finely ground. Add butter; using on/off turns, process to blend.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared pan; press onto bottom and 2 inches up sides of pan.
  5. Bake crust until set and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  6. Cool completely.

Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat room temperature cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes.
  3. Beat in pumpkin.
  4. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating on low speed to incorporate each addition.
  5. Add flour, spices and salt; beat just to blend. Beat in vanilla.
  6. Transfer filling to cooled crust. Bake until filling is just set in center and edges begin to crack (filling will move slightly when pan is gently shaken), about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  7. Cool 1 hour. Run knife around sides of pan to release crust.
  8. Chill cheesecake uncovered in pan overnight.

Topping

  1. Stir marshmallows and milk in medium saucepan over low heat until marshmallows are melted.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Cool marshmallow mixture to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add sour cream to marshmallow mixture; fold gently just to blend.
  4. Pour topping over cheesecake and spread evenly, leaving 1/2 inch uncovered around edges.
  5. Chill to set topping, at least 1 hour.
Notes: Needs to be made 1 day ahead and kept chilled.