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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake: two layers of cheesecake, one vanilla and one spiced pumpkin, in a buttery crust. Top with caramel, whipped cream, and more graham crackers crumbs! The perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

pumpkin cheesecake

The post was originally published on November 7, 2011. It was one of the first recipes I put up on the blog! I updated the recipe, photos, and the stuff you’re about to read right now:

Today is Halloween, so that means it’s time to finally shout it from the rooftops: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Who’s excited for the second best holiday of the year? Christmas has more cookies than Thanksgiving, and presents too, sooo… sorry Thanksgiving, second place. But it’s a CLOSE second, don’t cry.

double layer pumpkin cheesecake

(I’m convinced that Thanksgiving is a good sport about his second place status. Not all of us can be Christmas, okay? I mean, how can you compete with a holiday-sibling that has their own soundtrack??)

Anyway, Thanksgiving can’t be too mad because I have an entire month of recipes to get you guys ready for the big day. I will be posting recipes three times a week in November (up from my usual 2 posts) because I have so many Thanksgiving recipes I need to share with you.

pumpkin cheesecake recipe

Yesterday I made some amazing stuffing (cornbread! bacon!) and I made green bean casserole — completely from scratch. You are going to love it all! I can’t wait!

pumpkin pie cheesecake

Here are some round ups to get you started if you are an early planner (I’m looking at you, Sarah. My BFF Sarah told me OVER A MONTH AGO that her Christmas shopping was completely finished. Sarah was my roommate in college and was basically my mom our freshman year. Thanks friend, I never would have had clean underwear without you.)

Thanksgiving Menu Recipe Roundup
What You Should Make For Thanksgiving

how to make pumpkin cheesecake

how to make pumpkin cheesecake

how to make pumpkin cheesecake

pumpkin pie cheesecake

(Here is the delicious caramel sauce)

This Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake should be the first thing on your Thanksgiving menu list. I posted this recipe a long time ago and it’s still a classic around here! How can you go wrong with two layers of velvety cheesecake, topped with whipped cream, homemade dark caramel sauce, and extra graham cracker crumbles??

Here is part of my original post for this double layer pumpkin cheesecake from 2011, including an old photo:

My friend Sarah texted me a few weeks ago to tell me about the most amazing pumpkin cheesecake that I had to try. I looked it up and realized that I made this recipe last year (and actually won a prize for it–although it was one of those prizes with so many specifications in the title that you’re pretty sure they were just trying to make you feel good about yourself.  Which it totally did.  See, here I am bragging about it on my blog.)

easy pumpkin cheesecake

It’s good stuff.  Pretty much anything you smother with caramel, whipped cream, and buttery graham crackers is going to be delicious.

easy pumpkin cheesecake

Okay back to Karen from the present. Nothing has changed over the last few years, I still love this cheesecake and it continues to be a showstopper. It would be perfect to serve after Thanksgiving dinner!

I love it because you can make it ahead of time. Thanksgiving dinner is insane, you don’t want to have to get up after your meal and head back into the kitchen to do anything for dessert. It’s why perfectly make-ahead-able pie is perfect for Thanksgiving. Cheesecake too!

pumpkin cheesecake recipe

One of the best parts about this cheesecake are the graham cracker crumbles. Am I the only one who is obsessed with graham cracker crust? There is never enough of it for my liking. I’ve made recipes where I double the amount used in the crust (like this Classic French Silk Pie with Really Thick Graham Cracker Crust) but it doesn’t work when you make it in a springform pan  because the butter melts out the bottom. So we are going with a regular, perfectly crispy graham cracker crust, but then making extra graham crumbles to add to each serving. It’s basically like a dream come true!

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One year ago: Aunt Shirley’s Famous Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Four years ago: Buried Reese’s Cookies
Six years ago: Soft Ginger Cookies

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake: two layers of cheesecake, one vanilla and one spiced pumpkin, in a buttery crust. Top with caramel, whipped cream, and more graham crackers crumbs! The perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

For the Crust and Crumble:

For the Cheesecake:

For the Caramel Sauce:

by The Food Charlatan

Source: My dear friend Sarah, who modified it from Allrecipes.com. Then I modified it some more 🙂


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