Oh my this pumpkin cheesecake. If I was going to make a list of my favorite desserts I have created on this blog, this dessert is going on it. I've been wanting to create a blondie bottom cheesecake for awhile now. And what better time than Pumpkin season? Am I right?
I've been full tilt pumpkin recipes for a little bit now. With these pumpkin spice latte cupcakes, these white chocolate pretzel pumpkin blondies, and over 65 other pumpkin recipes to check out. So this time, I took pumpkin to a whole new level- a pumpkin cheesecake with this pumpkin blondie instead of a crust. Two pumpkin desserts in one. You're ok with that right? I thought so.
Top it off with whipped cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. Hello dessert for my Thanksgiving table. How do you do?
A few tips on baking a cheesecake:
- Use room temperature cream cheese. Room temperature cream cheese will ensure a creamy lump free cheesecake.
- Do not over mix. Overmixing will incorporate too much air into the cheesecake and could result in cracks in the top of your cheesecake. If you do get cracks in the top of your cheesecake, just cover up with some whipped cream and caramel sauce. No one will know. No one will care.
- Use a hot water bath. Place an oven-safe pan in the oven on a lower rack and fill with boiling water during the baking process to help prevent cracks.
- Bake low and slow. You will bake this cheesecake at 425 F, but only for 15 minutes. Then lower the oven temperature to 250 F for an hour. Then, turn your oven off and let the cheesecake remain in the oven, with the door propped open for 2 hours.
For the blondie bottom, I used my tried and true blondie recipe that I have used on here countless times. Like to make these M&M brown butter blondies, these kitchen sink blondies, these bourbon caramel chocolate walnut bars, or these apple pie gooey bars. This time around, I cut the recipe in half and added in some pumpkin pie spice. You could buy a jar of pumpkin pie spice or make your own. Making your own is so much cheaper in the end! I highly recommend it. You probably have all the spices sitting in your pantry!
This dessert is much easier if you make it over several days. I made the blondie bottom first in an 8-inch cake pan, lined with aluminum foil the first day. The second day I made the cheesecake and wrapped it in plastic wrap. The third day I assembled the dessert. Making it over several days made making this dessert a breeze!
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To Make This Dessert You Will Need:
- 8-inch springform pan
- 8-inch cake pan
- Parchment Rounds
- Stand or hand mixer
- Dry measuring cups and spoons
- Liquid measuring cup
- Whisk (this is my new favorite whisk!)
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Until next time, happy baking!
- For the blondie base:
- 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 ounces white chocolate chips (1/2 cup)
- For the pumpkin cheesecake:
- 3 packages ( 8 oz. each) cream cheese at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 1. For the blondie base: Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350° F. Line a 8-inch round cake pan with foil, leaving enough overhang to help you lift the blondies from the pan when they're done. Grease foil-lined pan with butter or oil. Whisk flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk melted butter and brown sugar together in medium bowl until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Using rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips and spoon batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with rubber spatula. Bake until top is shiny, cracked, and light golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes; do not overbake. Cool on wire rack to room temperature. Remove bars from pan by lifting foil overhang and wrap in plastic wrap until ready to assemble the dessert.
- 2. For the cheesecake: Line the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the pumpkin puree, sour cream, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice; beat until combined. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.
- Place the springform pan on a baking sheet and pour the filling into the shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees and bake for 1 hour longer. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door ajar for 2 1/2 hours. Transfer to a rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate uncovered until thoroughly chilled, at least 10 hours or up to 2 days. Remove the side of the pan and let sit at room temperature for an hour. To serve, remove the parchment paper and place the cheesecake on top of the blondie base. To cut the cheesecake into wedges with a sharp knife thats been dipped in hot water and wiped clean after each cut. Serve the cheesecake slightly chilled or at room temperature with whipped cream and caramel sauce if you so choose!