Trot this one out at Thanksgiving and watch those pies quake in their aluminum plates. Gingersnaps in the base and tangy sour cream topping balance the pumpkin-spice sweetness.

Source: Midwest Living

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Credit: Brie Passano

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
30 mins
total:
7 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°. Butter sides of a 9-inch springform pan. For crust, in a food processor, combine 1 cup hazelnuts and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Process to fine crumbs. Add crushed gingersnaps and butter; pulse until combined. Press hazelnut mixture onto bottom of springform pan. Place springform pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 12 minutes.

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  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add pumpkin, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Beat until smooth. Stir in eggs. Pour filling onto prepared crust. Bake 35 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together sour cream, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the hazelnut liqueur. Pour sour cream mixture gently over cheesecake and spread evenly. Bake until a 2 1/2-inch area around the outside edge appears set when pan is gently shaken, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen cheesecake from sides of pan; cool 30 minutes. Remove sides of pan; cool cheesecake completely. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with chopped toasted hazelnuts.

Nutrition Facts

446 calories; fat 31g; cholesterol 104mg; saturated fat 13g; carbohydrates 36g; mono fat 13g; poly fat 2g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 28g; protein 7g; vitamin a 3858.7IU; vitamin c 2.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 0.7mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 37.7mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 202mg; potassium 273mg; calcium 98mg; iron 1.8mg.
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