Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake

Friday, November 19, 2010
Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake is a Thanksgiving must make! This is everyone's favorite here!

 As much as I love pumpkin pie this has become a treat for us every year. A traditional pumpkin pie is always made as well, Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without it~ but this is one to add to the list of cheesecakes, so smooth and delicious, it's one of our very favorites!

1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup  cinnamon flavored graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 egg yolk

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree I love freshly baked pumpkin (as shown above)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon  salt
3- 8 oz packages of cream cheese
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons Amaretto
1/8 cup sour cream

Use oven-roasted, fresh pumpkin or good-quality canned pumpkin, not presweetened pumpkin pie filling.

1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon Amaretto
1 teaspoon sugar


For the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.

Combine the pecans, flour, brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, butter, and egg yolk together in a large bowl. Press the mixture evenly onto the bottom of the springform pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Lower temperature on your oven down to 300 degrees .

For the filling: Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, maple syrup, and Amaretto until smooth. Combine with the sour cream and pumpkin mixture. Pour over the prebaked crust. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, Cool.

Reset oven temperature to 350 degrees .
For the topping: Combine the sour cream, Amaretto, and sugar together in a small bowl.
Spread over the cooled cheesecake. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until well chilled. Remove from the springform pan and peel away the parchment paper. I sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over the top before serving and a touch of whipped cream.
Printable Recipe

For more recipes using Pumpkin see links below:

Pumpkin Pistachio Biscotti
Pumpkin Whip Dip Recipe
Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Scones
Pumpkin Spice  Rum Cookies
Pumpkin Mini Turnovers
Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts
French Pumpkin Mini Muffin Puffs
 Italian Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Smoothie
Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies
Pumpkin Soup
Tex Mex Pumpkin Corn Muffins
Pumpkin  and Sausage Bow Tie Pasta
Pumpkin Rum Shortcake with Caramel
Pumpkin Drop Cookies
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Roasted Pumpkin Puree
Savory Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
Pumpkin Pie
Easy Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Pumpkin Fritters
Baked Pumpkin Pecan Donuts


  1. Pecan crust, pumpkin I come over for a cup of tea? ;-))

  2. wow what a beautiful pie!! Excuse me but this pie is for thanksgiving day!! Did i have understand well?
    Good recipe claudia have a nice WE

  3. Claudia,
    You nailed this one. Home Run!!!

    What can be better than a creamy amaretto cheesecake! Amazing!

    Bon appetit!

  4. I love the continuation of flavors in this - the pecans in the pie crust - the maple syrup in the filling. Now this is a cheesecake fit for Thanksgiving!

  5. Perfect! I love pumpkin pie and one of my favorites is cheesecake. This helps the holiday diet since coupling the pumpkin with the cheesecakes means I only have to eat one piece instead of 2 (pumpkin then cheesecake).
    I've got to try this one.

  6. What a wonderful treat! I love the amaertto flavor here!

  7. This is a beautiful pie! I love the combination of pumpkin and cheese. Very new combo to me but worth a try.

  8. This looks amazing...and perfect for the holidays! I'll have to try it!

  9. Your Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake is a decadent, delicious dessert. Smooth and creamy, it is one of the tastiest and most elegant ways to end any meal.

  10. Oh my, pumpkin cheesecake sounds terrific for the coming celebration! Thnaks for the recipe.
    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

  11. Love the amaretto addition to this cheesecake. Hope I can find time to make it, if not it will be a great treat after the Holiday.

  12. The amaretto in this cheesecake is a winner! A fabulous Thanksgiving dessert..

  13. My husband insists he doesn't like pumpkin, but this baby may just the one that wins him over!

  14. Oh my word! What an incredibly delicious looking cheesecake. Pecans, pumpkin and amaretto?! Amazing! :)

  15. I'm so glad I'm making pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving or I'd be crying after seeing this! It's cheesecake heaven!

  16. Wow, this is just fantastic...wonderful flavor combination :)

  17. What a great twist on pumpkin pie! This sounds amazing! I love amaretto.

  18. This is just Heaven!! I can't imagine a more delectable or beautiful cheesecake! I must try this! Thanks for a gorgeous recipe :)

  19. I love pumpkin desserts that seem a little different... sometimes you have to go beyond pie! Looks fabulous!

  20. Amaretto and maple...just lovely. I can see why this cheesecake has become a tradition. ;)

  21. my goodness, everything on your Thanksgiving table has amaretto in it!! may i please come next year? i promise to contribute amaretto, too! ;)

  22. This is a gorgeous cheese cake! I wish I could get my family to try something new for the holidays, they always want the traditional meal.

  23. That is so awesome. I love the pumpkin shaped mold. What a cool looking pie!

  24. Oh wow, that looks so moist and creamy, and I looove amaretto :) You seduce me constantly with your desserts.

  25. Yum! This sounds delicious with the amaretto addition & the topping! Great recipe!

  26. My step mom loves amaretto! This one looks like a keeper just for her!

  27. Mmm I love amaretto, but would never think to put it with pumpkin!

  28. Creamy goodness of amaretto and pumpkin? Count me in. Sadly my imagining the flavor just isn't enough to kick my craving for this. Please send fed ex.

  29. Everything about this cheesecake looks just heavenly!!


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