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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Sandi Gaertner
A deliciously creamy gluten free pumpkin cheesecake that is perfect for the holidays.
4.77 from 26 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Additional Time 4 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 20 mins
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 slices
Calories 382 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • For the Crust:
  • ¾ cup gluten free gingersnaps or Graham crackers (*see note)
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • For the Pumpkin Layer:
  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin (*see note)
  • 3 eggs large
  • ½ cup light brown sugar (*see note)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (*see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (*see note)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 24 ounces cream cheese (*see note)
  • For the Sour Cream Layer:
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

Instructions
 

For the Crust:

  • Invert bottom of a 9-inch springform pan (to create flat bottom, which will make it easier to remove cake from pan), then lock on side and butter pan.
  • In a food processor, grind the gluten free gingersnaps or graham crackers.
  • Stir together crumbs, pecans, sugars, and butter in a bowl until combined well. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and ½ inch up side of the pan, then chill crust, 1 hour.
  • Put oven rack in middle position and Preheat oven to 350° F

For the Cheesecake:

  • Whisk together pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, cream, vanilla, and liqueur (if using) in a bowl until combined. (You can also mix in a Vitamix.)
  • Stir together granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer at high speed until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, then add pumpkin mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Pour filling into crust, smoothing top, then put springform pan in a shallow baking pan (in case springform leaks).
  • Bake until center is just set, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool 5 minutes. (Leave oven on.)

For the Sour Cream Layer:

  • Whisk together sour cream, sugar, and liqueur (if using) in a bowl, then spread on top of cheesecake and bake 5 minutes.
  • Cool cheesecake completely in pan on the rack, about 3 hours. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 4 hours. Remove side of the pan and bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Garnish with pecans around the edge of the cheesecake.

Notes

  1. You can use gluten free gingersnaps, or graham crackers to make this crust. We tend to use a combination of both so the crust is a little less sweet. Other options are gluten free oreo style cookies, or combine ½ cookies and ½ almond meal if you would like to add a little protein.
  2. I prefer to use canned pumpkin. If you would like to roast your own pumpkin, I include directions in the post.
  3. The recipe calls for light brown sugar but you can also use dark brown sugar. I don't recommend substituting coconut sugar because it has a different melting point.
  4. If you are unable to eat corn, you can substitute arrowroot starch for the corn starch.
  5. I recommend using full-fat cream cheese and sour cream to keep the delicious level of creaminess.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 277mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 1837IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg
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