Just in time for Thanksgiving! This Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake is a great pumpkin pie alternative. Cheesecake can be really heavy but this one isn't.
And it's easy to make. So if you are looking for Thanksgiving pumpkin desserts (something that's a little different) then give this healthy dessert a try. You will be amazed by how delicious this light pumpkin cheesecake recipe tastes @ only 10 WW points on my plan. It's the ideal Thanksgiving Cheesecake!
🎥 Video: Cheesecake Water Bath
Although cheesecake is not hard to make, if you have one bad experience, it can turn you off ever making it again. And because cheesecake is prone to cracking, I often use a water bath. But you don't even need to use a water bath with this recipe. It will crack a little, but the topping covers up any cracks, so it still looks great! And it won't dry out. However, if you always use a water bath and prefer it to be on the safe side, then go for it! And lastly, if you want to learn how to make a water bath, then watch this video on how to make a water bath for cheesecake! I like her trick of using a bigger pan to protect the cheesecake, but you can also tinfoil.
💧 Cheesecake Water Bath Leak
If you do find yourself with a water bath leak, don't despair- it does not necessarily mean your cheesecake is a write-off. Get it out of the bath ASAP and immediately switch to the water bath method above! Drain off any water from the springform pan, give it a shake and a giggle and dry off the pan with a tea towel or paper towel. Continue cooking and hope for the best. *Rest assured -Tthis has happened to me several times (before I started using the larger pan method) and my cheesecake was NEVER ruined.
This light pumpkin cheesecake has been my go-to cheesecake recipe for years. I once brought it to work and the recipe was requested by quite a few people afterwards. Then one coworker came back to me and said his wife made the cake, but it didn't taste like mine. I guess I had changed a few simple things (i.e. sprinkling the icing sugar and cinnamon on top) and hadn't included that in the recipe. Apparently my changes had made all the difference. Live and learn. Now I always include MY changes in recipes I share.
Although this is a Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake, the pumpkin flavor is the star of the show! The chocolate Oreo cookie crust melds so perfectly with the pumpkin, it's hard to believe that this cheesecake originally had a gingersnap crust! However, if that sounds tempting to you and you want to crush up ginger cookies and use them instead of the oreo cookie crumbs, you are more than welcome to. Either way, give this Thanksgiving Cheesecake a go- you won't be disappointed!
You can also used canned pumpkin puree or make your own fresh pumpkin puree. Of course, fresh is the best!
💭 How to tell if cheesecake is done
It will still be barely jiggly when you shake/move it from side to side and the sides will have separated from the edges of the pan. But you will see it is puffed up a little around the center ** For this recipe, I advise you check it after 35 minutes, as that's what the original recipe called for. Although, it always took 45 minutes for me.
Since the 'jiggly test" can be hard to judge, the guaranteed way to know cheesecake is ready to come out of the oven is by temperature; when the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. (At higher temperatures, the texture will suffer.) If possible, insert the thermometer into the side of the cheesecake where it rises above the pan (otherwise, insert it into the center of the cake). I use this instant read thermometer- (affiliate link) it's great for everything food related!)
💭 Top Tip
Be careful when you are buying light cream cheese, as the fat contents vary greatly between brands. I find most of the store/no name brand fat content is substantially higher (almost the same as regular cream cheese) than the brand names. I generally stick to the brand names for light cream cheese.
Make ahead and refrigeration
This healthy pumpkin cheesecake can be made a day or two in advance and you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can freeze cheesecakes, so if you plan to, you'll want to check out Taste of Home's guide on how to freeze cheesecakes. However, if you do freeze it and plan to serve it, I do not recommend you freeze it for longer than 2 months. It's best if you do NOT put the icing sugar and cinnamon mixture on until it's completely defrosted.
👪 Serving size
This Thanksgiving cheesecake is made in an 8 or 9 inch springform pan and serves 16. Although 16 pieces seems like a lot, as you know, cheesecake is quite rich.
You will need an electric mixer for this delicious pumpkin cheesecake recipe. I also recommend you use a springform pan (preferably 9 or 10 inch) for this recipe because it will make your life easier. However, if you don't have that type of pan and/or don't want to purchase one, you can make a cheesecake without it. You can read about how to make a cheesecake without a springform pan HERE.
So if you're looking for a pumpkin cheesecake recipe, pumpkin desserts for Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving dessert ideas, this is the one! It has fewer calories than regular cheesecake, but is packed with flavor!
If you like pumpkin, here's my quick Prize Pumpkin Pie:
And if you like cheesecake, why not try my Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie Recipe?!
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📋 Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake (with Oreo Crust) recipe
- 1 ½ cups oreo cookie crumbs
- 2 tablespoon white granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoon olive oil margarine
- 16 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
- ⅔ cup dark brown sugar
- ⅔ cup white granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh) Fresh pumpkin puree: https://foodmeanderings.com/how-to-cook-a-whole-pumpkin-and-make-pumpkin-puree/
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ground dry ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon all spice
- 2 cups non-fat greek yogurt
- 6 tablespoon white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- about 2 Tblsp each of cinnamon and icing sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.Stir together all crust ingredients in medium sized mixing bowl. Spray a 9" or 10" springform pan with non stick cooking spray.
- Press the mixture onto the sides and bottom of the pan.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 10 minutes. Cool on a rack.
- Cube the cheese and beat with electric mixer.
- Beat in the sugars. Add the eggs and egg whites and best until mixture is smooth and fluffy.
- Mix in the pumpkin, salt, flour and spices. Pour filling onto cooked crust.
- Return to a 350 degrees F. oven and bake cheesecake for about 35 - 45 minutes or until puffed and set. It will still be a little jiggly when you shake/move it from side to side and the sides will have separated from the edges of the pan. But you will see it is puffed up a little around the center ** I advise you check it after 35 minutes, as that's what the original recipe called for. Although, it always took 45 minutes for me.
- Mix together the topping ingredients. Set aside.
- Remove cake from oven and spread the topping over the cheesecake. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes longer.
- Cool on a rack.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and icing sugar over the top of the cake, to your liking (you can use a little more or less, depending on what you like)
- Chill in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
Hi Terri! Your recipe looks so yummy. I will try this one. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Great - hope you enjoy it! Tastes even better with real pumpkin, as opposed to canned. Do you have access to pumpkins right now?
We don't have pumpkins here but I saw a can of pumpkins in the grocery store or other option would be the butter squash. You think that would taste good as well?
Hi, from what I've read that substitution should be fine! Just make sure it's pureed really well. I have made the mistake of not pureeing it enough and it comes out stringy. Happy baking!
This recipe is easy to make and makes a wonderful treat for any special occasion. I baked it in a 9 x 9 pan, cut them into squares to serve in paper cupcake holders at a bridal shower.
I'm so glad you liked it, Susanne! Great idea to bake it in 9X9 square and serve as mini cheesecake squares :)!