Food Find Friday: Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

It has been an insanely long amount of time since I last published a Food Find post.  But there couldn’t be a better reason to start again than my go-to holiday recipe for pumpkin swirl cheesecake!

I got the recipe from one of those (formerly free) Kraft magazines that used to show up every month in my mailbox.  I’ve made it many times, and is one of my top requested dishes.

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Ingredients

25 ginger snaps, finely crushed (about 1.5 cups)

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

4 pkgs (8 oz each) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar, divided

1 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Dash of ground cloves

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (or 300 degrees if using a dark pan).  Mix together your ginger snap crumbs, pecans and butter. Press firmly onto bottom and about 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan.

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I crushed my ginger snaps in a Ziploc bag.

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Yummy crust in position.

Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla with your electric mixer until well blended.  Add your eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on a low speed after each egg, just until blended.

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Cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.

Remove 1.5 cups plain batter and place in small bowl. Stir the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin and spices into remaining batter.

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Plain batter on the left, pumpkin batter on the right.

Spoon half of the pumpkin batter into crust. Top it with spoonfuls of half of the reserved plain batter. Repeat those layers, then cut through the batter with knife several times to create the “swirl” effect.

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Ain't she a beaut, Clark?

Bake 55 mins or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

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Slice and enjoy!

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27 Responses to Food Find Friday: Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
  1. Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    December 2, 2010 | 11:11 pm

    Holy Mama!!! That looks delish!

  2. Shannon
    December 2, 2010 | 11:22 pm

    So really, what’s with Kraft now charging for these mags? I actually have this recipe and it is so yummy! Sent Bret to the store just the other day for all the ingredients again so I could make it for him to take to work just in case someone didn’t have their fill of all things sinful and pumpkin last week! Have a great weekend, L!

  3. Jennie @ Modern Mamaz
    December 3, 2010 | 1:39 am

    Cheesecake – One of the top items on my “if I were on an island” checklist. Too bad I can’t bake worth a damn.

  4. Angie
    December 3, 2010 | 4:35 am

    Ok, these look delish! I have to admit. But WHAT HAPPENED TO KATE?!?! :o)

  5. Kimberly
    December 3, 2010 | 6:13 am

    The little lights aren’t twinkling Clark…I know that had nothing to do with cheesecake but I couldn’t resist a Christmas Vacation quote. I may love that movie more than that cheesecake…but my hips don’t lie…I do love cheesecake.
    Thanks for contributing to my 5 pound minimum holiday weight gain.

  6. Jen
    December 3, 2010 | 6:57 am

    Oh the yummy fabulousness!

  7. Home Is Where the Heart Is
    December 3, 2010 | 7:33 am

    Oh lord, your cheesecake makes me long for my fat days where I didn’t care how big a slice of cake I ate after dinner. That looks delish! I’m bookmarking it because Christmas is a non-diet day!

  8. Pop
    December 3, 2010 | 8:05 am

    Cheesecake is my favorite. YUM!

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  10. Melissa
    December 3, 2010 | 8:59 am

    Yumm!!! I think I might have to make this. Thanks for the supa recipe!

  11. klz
    December 3, 2010 | 9:50 am

    Listen Bueller, you lost me at crushing my OWN gingersnaps.

  12. Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds
    December 3, 2010 | 11:08 am

    That does look yummy!

  13. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points
    December 3, 2010 | 10:09 am

    You are a evil, evil woman. Know that?

    Yes, I think you DO know that.

  14. Anne
    December 3, 2010 | 11:10 am

    This looks like a yummy alternative to pumpkin pie (which I dislike). Somehow in a cheesecake those flavorings are pretty good! Thanks for posting.Now when are we going to get part 2 of kate’s story???!!

  15. Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud
    December 3, 2010 | 2:23 pm

    That looks unbelievably divine and I’m not even a pumpkin fan! Stumbling your post, Liz. :)

  16. WTH am I Doing
    December 3, 2010 | 2:43 pm

    I am in lust with this recipe. You already know I’m a pumpkin whore. Mix it with cheesecake? I may just degenerate into a complete slut for that. *sigh*

  17. Megan (Best of Fates)
    December 3, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    Way to leave us hanging on the scariest moment! Though that does look delicious…

  18. Natalie
    December 3, 2010 | 3:56 pm

    Sounds DIVINE!

  19. Glamamom
    December 3, 2010 | 5:27 pm

    She is a beaut! Mmmmmmmmmm

  20. Ashley @ Just Another Mom of 2
    December 3, 2010 | 8:13 pm

    Oh yum!! This looks so good! Will have to give this a try. After I move and all.

    Do I have to put moose in the pie if I make it in Alaska? #wheresSarahPalin

  21. Kristin @ Ellie-Town
    December 3, 2010 | 9:27 pm

    Unless you are about to show up at my doorstep with cheesecake, you’re just cruel!

  22. Kristy
    December 4, 2010 | 1:19 am

    Are you kidding me?! This looks amazing! I’m bookmarking it NOW! (and stumbling it, of course)

  23. The Damsel in Dis Dress
    December 4, 2010 | 3:34 pm

    I’ve been looking for the perfect pumpkin cheesecake. Thank you!

  24. Scary Mommy
    December 4, 2010 | 9:16 pm

    Oh, this looks amazing– I can almost taste it. Almost!

  25. L. Eleana
    December 4, 2010 | 11:02 pm

    This looks so yummy! I’m a big fan of cheesecake. Kraft. Free Recipes. How did I miss this? Thanks for sharing.

  26. Tonya
    December 6, 2010 | 4:26 pm

    I am not a fan of pumpkin, but I love me some cheesecake and recently had some pumpkin cheesecake and it was delish. I must try this recipe!! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip
    January 1, 2011 | 9:20 pm

    Mmmmmm…now I want cheesecake. And I like the sound of the gingersnap crust!

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