Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Eggnog Cheesecake



Happy Halloween Everyone.....When the trick or treating is over and the candy has been inspected and is safe for the little ones to start eating, let the grownups head to the kitchen for a slice of this fabulous Halloween dessert.




30 - Gingersnap Cookies
2 Tbs. - Melted Butter
4 - Large Eggs
1 - 16 oz. - Can Pumpkin Puree
2 - 8 oz. - Cream Cheese (soft)
Sugar
Cinnamon
Ginger
Nutmeg
1 C. - Pumpkin Eggnog
1 Tbs. - Cornstarch


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 spring form pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor with the knife blade attached blend the gingersnaps with 1/4 C. sugar until ground finely, stir in the melted butter and press into the bottom of the pan and about 2 inches up the side. Set the crust aside until ready to fill. In a small bowl with mixer at high speed beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually beat in ¾ cup of sugar until soft peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl with the same beaters and with mixer at medium speed beat egg yolks, pumpkin, cream cheese, 1/2 tbs. Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger and 1 tsp. nutmeg until well blended. Fold in the egg white mixture into the pumpkin mixture then pour into the crust. Bake for 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted about 1 inch from the edge comes out clean. Cool cheesecake in pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. In a small saucepan mix eggnog, cornstarch and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg over medium heat to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1minute or until it thickens. Cool for about 10 minutes, then remove the side of the spring form pan and spread the eggnog mixture over the cheesecake. Refrigerate cheesecake at least 4 hours or until well chilled before cutting into sections.


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8 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

What a unique take on cheesecake. Bet the combination of eggnog and pumpkin is terrific!

Sharon said...

Love your easy recipes!

I have a question about the pumpkin eggnog - I've never seen it at the stores. Is there a way to make regular eggnog into pumpkin eggnog? Or should I just use regular eggnog?

MaryBeth said...

Hi Sharon, Of course you could use just plain eggnog and add maybe a little cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice with the nutmeg. But i also think you could use plain eggnog and add some pumpkin pie mix starting a little at a time until it has the correct flavor.

Leslie said...

Isnt it sad we have to inspect the candy these days!!!???
Love the cheesecake

teresa said...

this sounds SO good! i also love all of your pumpkin recipes below!

ButterYum said...

You've totally got my number with this cheesecake. I love eggnog. Oh my. I'm in trouble!

:)
ButterYum

Sue said...

Wow, this cheesecake looks fantastically delicious! YUM!

Ingrid said...

Oh, wow! Two of my favorite holiday flavors in one dessert!
~ingrid

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