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Pumpkin Cheesecake With Condensed Milk

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If you are looking for the perfect creamy pumpkin cheesecake, you are in the right place. The cheesecake is easy to put together and the optional sour cream topping takes it to the next level.

Lifting slice of pumpkin cheesecake topped with white sour cream topping out of the whole cake.

This pumpkin cheesecake recipe gets you the perfect texture of baked cheesecake without using a water bath. Plus the sweetened condensed milk gives it a rich creaminess that is hard to beat.

There is just enough spice mixed it to complete this tasty pumpkin dessert. Make one now for practice and then another one to add to your Thanksgiving dessert menu.

We love making cheesecake with condensed milk. The vanilla version has been a favorite in our family for decades.

Bite of pumpkin cheesecake on fork next to slice of creamy pumpkin cheesecake.

It is so simple to put together and the texture is always amazing. So we have played with it over the years and made a chocolate cheesecake and even peanut butter cheesecake.

But after rolling out apple butter cheesecake and pecan pie cheesecake last year, it seemed like we needed to complete the fall dessert flavors circuit with a pumpkin version. And boy oh boy am I glad we did.

We could almost commit to making our Thanksgiving dessert table all cheesecakes this year, but I do think some pumpkin pie fans would be disappointed.

So I guess we will just make plenty of pies and cheesecakes!

Tips for Getting Your Cheesecake Filling Perfectly Creamy

Beat the room temperature cream cheese really well before adding anything else. This is your only real chance to get all of the lumps out.

Ingredients for pumpkin cheesecake filling including cream cheese, eggs, pumpkin, condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.

Once you start adding more liquid, it gets harder to beat out chunks of cream cheese.  So make sure it’s softened, beat it well and scrape the sides of the bowl a few times before you move on.

Add the remaining ingredients a bit at a time to make sure they incorporate well. It’s worth taking a couple of minutes to do it right.

Once you start adding the eggs,  keep the mixer on low. You don’t want to incorporate air at this point.

Give the cheesecake a couple of good taps on the counter before you put it in the oven. That helps get any air bubbles out.

Tips for Avoiding a Cracked Cheesecake

How do you avoid a crack without a water bath? Bake the cheesecake low and slow and let it cool slowly too.

This allows the cheesecake to bake through evenly. It helps give it that amazing texture as well.

Cooling it too quickly can also cause a crack. Once it is set, I like to turn off the oven and crack the door open but leave the cheesecake inside.

Slice of orange pumpkin cheesecake topped with bright white sour cream topping with remaining cheesecake in the background.

After about ten or fifteen minutes, I move the cheesecake to the counter to cool to room temperature. Then it goes in the fridge to chill.

The gradual cooling makes such a difference!

How do you Know Pumpkin Cheesecake is Done?

The best way to test if a cheesecake is done is to give it a little shake. How it jiggles is going to tell the story.

Carefully give the cheesecake a slight shake. The edges of the cheesecake should be set.

A small circle in the very center of the cheesecake should have a slight wobble. When you reach that stage, turn off the oven and crack the door allowing the cheesecake to slowly cool.

The center will finish cooking as the cheesecake slowly works it way towards room temperature.

The Sour Cream Topping

This sour cream topping is definitely optional. But it is an easy way to add another layer of flavor, texture and fun to the cheesecake.

All you have to do is stir together a little bit of sour cream, powdered sugar and vanilla together. Spread it over the cooled cheesecake and refrigerate the whole thing for at least an hour to let it set up some.

It not only adds visual interest, but it adds a little bit of extra creaminess and tang. Because this cheesecake was traveling across town with me, it seemed easier than bringing along whipped cream.

If you want, you add a sprinkle of nutmeg or a smattering of chopped honeyed pecans on top if you want. Or just let the bright white sour cream topping shine on its own.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store cheesecake?

Cheesecake should be stored loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer storage, pop it in the freezer.

Can I freeze homemade pumpkin cheesecake?

Yes, you can freeze the whole cake or individual slices of cheesecake. Wrap what you would like to freeze in several layers of plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1-2 months.

Allow frozen cheesecake to slowly defrost in the refrigerator before enjoying.

Can I use something besides graham crackers for the crust?

Of course! Gingersnaps would make a wonderful crust for this pumpkin cheesecake.

Or try using Nilla Wafers or Golden Oreos if you would like. You could also add pumpkin pie spice to the graham crackers to give a little more spice to the finished product.

A Couple of More Pumpkin Recipe Ideas

Don’t want to turn on the oven? Make my no bake pumpkin cheesecake instead. They texture is different, but the flavor is similar.

Or try making condensed milk pumpkin pie with sour cream topping. It is another delicious pumpkin treat.

Check out my full collection of pumpkin recipes for more tasty inspiration.

Lifting slice of pumpkin cheesecake topped with white sour cream topping out of the whole cake.

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Carlee
If you are looking for the perfect creamy pumpkin cheesecake, you are in the right place. The cheesecake is easy to put together and the optional sour cream topping takes it to the next level.
4.90 from 29 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 394 kcal

Ingredients
 

Crust

  • cups graham cracker crumbs about 1 sleeve graham crackers
  • 4 Tablespoons butter

Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Sour Cream Topping

Makes: 9inch round3inch height

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300°F
  • Place the graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan, add melted butter. Mix together and press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    1½ cups graham cracker crumbs, 4 Tablespoons butter
  • Make sure the cream cheese is really softened. In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese until completely smooth, being sure the scrape the sides of your bowl a couple of times. Stir in the condensed milk and vanilla until smooth.
    16 ounces cream cheese, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add the eggs, one at a time mixing until just combined. You don't want to whip air into the mixture at this point.
    4 large eggs
  • Stir in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
    1 cup pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pour onto the crust. Thump it on the counter a couple of times to get out any big air bubbles.
  • Bake until the middle just barely jiggles, about 1 hour.
  • Crack the oven door and allow the cheesecake to cool slowly.
  • Mix together sour cream topping ingredients until smooth. Spread over cooled cheesecake.
    1 cup sour cream, 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chill at least a couple of hours, preferably over night.

Notes

This recipe works best with full fat dairy. So use regular cream cheese and sour cream if possible.
Gingersnap crumbs would make a delicious crust in place of the graham crackers.
The sour cream topping is optional, but it adds a layer of flavor and visual appeal.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 8gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 288mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 4089IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 174mgIron: 1mg
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Jessica L

Friday 25th of November 2022

I followed the filling and topping recipes to a T and it was plenty enough for TWO pies! What a nice surprise. I used store bought graham cracker crust and used regular greek yogurt for the topping in place of sour cream. It all came out great. The cheesecake texture was perfect. The pie raised a lot during the cooking process but after cooling settled down before I put the topping on. I do want it to have more pumpkin flavor somehow, still trying to figure that out without putting too much pumpkin liquid. Thank you for this delicious simple recipe!

Carlee

Friday 25th of November 2022

Using two premade crusts would be a great way to make this even easier! And Greek yogurt is a perfect sub for the sour cream, I am so glad you liked it!

Sandra Lassen

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Would it be possible to make this as individual cakes?

Carlee

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Sure! It would be hard to guess on the cook time without knowing what size you plan to do, but just bake them until the centers are just shy of set and let them cool slowly.

Andrea Nine

Monday 12th of September 2022

Oh friend, YUM! I haven’t made a pumpkin cheesecake in years! This looks amazing!

Carlee

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

It is so good! I am ready for fall baking!!!