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Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake


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Ingredients

CRUST:
2 cups gingersnaps cookie crumbs (about 32)
I substituted some danish butter cookies for the gingersnaps because my husband hates them and the butter cookies were PERFECT!
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted


FILLING:
4 pkgs (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 Eggs
1 Cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Heat over to 300`.


Grease 9-in springform pan with shortening or cooking spray.


In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press mixture in bottom and up 1 inch side of pan.


Bake 8-10 minutes, or until set.


In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with mixer on medium speed just until smooth and creamy; do not overbeat.


On low speed, gradually add sugar.


On low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time, until just blended.


Spoon 3 cups of this mixture into pan.


Spread evenly.


Stir pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into remaining cream cheese mixture; mix unitlsmooth. Spoon over mixture in pan.


Bake 1 hour 25 minutes- 1 hr 30 mins or until edges are set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly


Turn off oven; open door at least 4 inches. Leave cheesecake in over 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack. Run a knife along side of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan 30 minutes longer.


Cover loosely; refrigerate at least 6 hours.


Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake again; carefully remove side of pan. Store cheesecake covered in refrigerator.


I know this recipe sounds sort of complicated, but if you start enough ahead of time it really isn't


I don't have a photo of my actual cheesecake, but next time I make it I will update this one!


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Notes

This recipe is Perfect for the upcoming autumn season!!!!

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving in '06 and had sooo many requests for a repeat performance! I got it from the Betty Crocker- Thanksgiving Edition, '06.

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