Pumpkin Cheesecake – Hiland Dairy

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This Pumpkin Cheesecake is so incredibly smooth and creamy from the amazing Hiland Cream Cheese mixed with the sweet and subtle pumpkin flavor but don’t forget the crunch of the gingersnap cookie crust. All topped with the Hiland smooth and light Whipped Cream Topping. It’s absolutely incredible!.

Recipe and image compliments of Laura from Lolo’s Home Kitchen

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Prep Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes



  • 12 ounces gingersnap cookies
  • 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt


  • 3 8-ounce packages Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese room temp
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs room temp
  • 1/4 cup Hiland Dairy Sour Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Crust: In a blender or food processor, grind the gingersnaps until fine. Pour into a bowl and stir in the pecans, melted butter, brown sugar and salt. Press into the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Filling: beat the cream cheese in a mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping the sides as needed. Add the pumpkin and mix again for a minute until combined. Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Then add the sour cream and vanilla, mix again.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. With the mixer on low, add the sugar mixer to the cheesecake batter and mix until just combined. Thoroughly scrape the bowl and mix to get rid of any lumps and bumps. Pour the filling into the pan, smoothing the top.
  • Water Bath: Wrap foil around the sides and bottom of the pan. I repeat that 3x. Place the pan in a roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan about ¼ of the way up the cheesecake pan.
  • Place the entire thing in the oven and bake for 60 minutes. Important not to open the oven door during the baking time. Then turn the oven off and open the oven door just a bit (I use a wooden spoon to prop the door open) and let the cheesecake sit for another 15 minutes in the oven. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 30 minutes, then cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. I know, super high maintenance but SO worth it.
  • Once the cheesecake is set, remove and slice up and serve with the incredibly smooth Hiland Dairy Whipped Cream Topping. So good and perfect partner for this pumpkin cheesecake.
  • Store remaining cheesecake in the fridge.
Pumpkin Cheesecake made with Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese and Sour Cream
Ingredients for French Toast Sticks

If you are looking for a pumpkin dessert but you aren’t looking to be knocked over the head with pumpkin flavor, then a pumpkin cheesecake is the perfect dessert for you.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Cheesecake

This recipe and it’s ingredients are actually pretty simple, it takes some steps and extra time but nothing super complicated.


Gingersnap Cookies

This is a key ingredient for this crust. I tried it with graham crackers and the pumpkin just goes so much better with gingersnaps. Grab a box at the store and grind them up in the food processor or blender or just a good old ziploc and rolling pin.


Pecans always make me think of Fall desserts and the mix of these in the crust with the gingersnap cookies and butter. Yum.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar goes so well with pumpkin so I love the addition of it in the crust. I use a dark brown sugar but light or dark works well.


Butter is the great combiner and binder for this crust while also happening to be incredibly delicious.


Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese is the base of this recipe and any time I want a seriously creamy result, I know I need to reach for Hiland Dairy products. Hiland products are made from milk that comes from local farmers, so it’s fresh when it’s turned into a smooth, creamy base. It also includes no artificial growth hormones and is rigorously tested for antibiotics, so you know you’re getting the best quality dairy. (P.S. If you’re buying Hiland Dairy products, make sure to check out their coupons!)


Pure Pumpkin, nothing added. Make sure not to get a pumpkin pie filling otherwise your cheesecake will be way too sweet. Just a simple pure pumpkin.


Eggs bind everything together for this recipe. It helps the mixture combine together if the eggs are room temperature and not separate. Tip- place the eggs in a bowl and run them under warm water while you are mixing the other ingredients.

Sour Cream

Sour Cream adds a bit of tang plus extra creaminess to this pumpkin cheesecake which is a staple taste in any cheesecake. Hiland Dairy has the best sour cream!

Sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Sweetness and warmth from these ingredients. The combo of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla mixed with the pumpkin is what makes me think of Fall desserts. It’s comfy and cozy and one of my favorite flavor combinations.

How to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake

Step One: Crust

Grab your food processor or blender and crust up the gingersnap cookies until fine. (a few larger pieces are great too) In a large bowl, add the cookie crumbs, pecan pieces, brown sugar, butter and salt. Mix together and combine until it looks like sand. Pour into a 10 inch springform pan. Press the mixture down and pack it into the bottom and up onto the sides of the pan. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Step Two: Filling

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese for a few minutes until smooth. Add the pumpkin and mix again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix after each one. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix again. Then add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix again until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Pour the filling mixture into the pan with the crust.

Step Three: Water Bath

Wrap the bottom and the sides of the cheesecake pan in foil. I wrap it with 3 separate pieces of foil. Place the cheesecake pan in the middle of a roasting pan or large pan with sides. Boil a bit of water and then pour the boiling water in the roasting pan about 1/4n way up the cheesecake pan.

Step Four: Bake

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, turn off the oven but open the oven door slightly. I prop the oven door open slightly with a wooden spoon. Leave the cheesecake for 15 minutes. Then remove and let cool for another 30 minutes. Then cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 4 hours or overnight.

Pumpkin Cheesecake made with Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese and Sour Cream
Pumpkin Cheesecake made with Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese and Sour Cream next to a can of Hiland Whipped Cream
Pumpkin Cheesecake made with Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese and Sour Cream next to a can of Hiland Whipped Cream

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