Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

Let’s get this right out in the open! I’m no professional baker, but this Thanksgiving Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake recipe makes me think that I am!

They say beauty lies in the beholder. Things don’t have to look perfect to be perfect is what I say! While my pumpkin cheesecake may not be perfect in beauty, it’s totally perfection in taste!

Once your family tastes this Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake they will be asking for you to make it over and over again! 

What’s not to love about this cheesecake? It has eggs, sour cream, cream cheese, and brandy! 

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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Memories

After I first started making this recipe, I knew I had a keeper and would be making this every year for Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong. I would have this every week if my waistline would allow it.

Having this tasty dessert for the holidays will have to suffice for now. Holidays for me are all associated with food and food memories! Are you the same? The delicious cookies, cakes, and pies all bring back fond memories of the past. I can still recall holiday dinners with 40 of our family attending! Holidays were such great times in our home!

How to Make A Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Let’s get started on creating a new memory for you and for your family!

First, to begin, I start my Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Recipe by measuring out all of my ingredients. When all the ingredients are measured ahead of time it helps tremendously in making things easier in the kitchen.

Then, once I had everything ready, I started by blending my cinnamon graham crackers in my blender until fine crumbs form.

graham crackers in blender

After that step, I stirred in my butter until moistened. Then with your hand, press the mixture onto the bottom of the pan. I try to make the outer edges a tiny bit higher. 

graham crackers in springform pan

This Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake isn’t very hard to make at all. It’s just a matter of doing each step, one at a time.

Once the graham cracker crumb crust has been pressed into the springform pan, it’s time to bake the crust at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack when done.

Combine the Cream Cheese Mixture

Up next, while the crust is baking, it’s time to combine the cream cheese mixture.

The next step is to beat the cream cheese until smooth, then slowly beat in the sugar. At low speed, it’s time to beat in the brandy, vanilla, and eggs just until blended.  Be sure to scrape your bowl often with a spatula.

pumpkin mixture in pan

In another medium bowl, mix the pumpkin, cornstarch, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Stir in half of the cream cheese mixture into the pumpkin mixture until blended.

Now it’s time to add the sour cream to the remaining cream cheese mixture. 

pumpkin mixer being added to pan

Reserve 1/2 cup of the pumpkin mixture.

Pour the remaining pumpkin mixture onto the graham cracker crust. Carefully pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the layer of pumpkin. 

Spoon dollops of the reserved pumpkin mixture onto the cream cheese layer.

With a knife, cut and twist thru to create the swirls. 

dollops of pumpkin mixer being added to baking pan
pumpkin swirl cheesecake ready to go into oven

Bake for 1 hour 

When done baking, turn off the oven, then let the cheesecake set in the oven for 1 hour.

You can cut around the edges to prevent cracking, although this is where mine still cracks. I’m no professional for sure! ( for me, the joy is in the doing, not getting it perfect – how’s that for inspiration)

Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Remove the springform sides to serve! 

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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

This delicious Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Recipe will have your family asking for more every Thanksgiving Dinner
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Plus Chilling 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 people
Calories 315 kcal


  • 8 Cinnamon Graham Crackers Fine Crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Margarine or Butter
  • 3 packages Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Brandy
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 can Solid-pack Pumpkin Not pumpkin pie mix
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 container Sour Cream (8 oz.)


  • In food processor with knife blade attached or in a blender a medium speed, gramham crackers until fine crurmbs are formed.
  • Preheat over to 325 degrees.
  • In Springform pan, with fork, stire graham cfracker crumbs and melted margarine or butter until moist. With hand, press into springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  • In large bowl, mix on medium speed, cream cheese until smooth, add sugar slowly. Beat in brandy, vanilla extract, and eggs until well blended.
  • In seperate bowl, mix pumpkin, cornsarch, cinnamon, allspece and salt. Stir half of cream cheese misture into pumpkin misture until blended. Stir sour cream into remaining cream cheese mixture.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of pumpkin mixture. Pour remaining pumpkin misture onto graham cracker crust. Carefully pour cream cheese mixture on top of pumpkin layer. Spoon dollops of reserved pumpkin misture onto cream cheese layer. With knife, cut and twist through the cream cheese layer to obtain the swirl effect.
  • Bake cheesecake for 1 hour. Turn off oven and let sit in oven 1 hour longer. Remove cheesecake from oven. With a small knife, loosesn cheesecake from side of pan to prevent ccracking . Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate cheesecake at tleast 6 hourse or overnight before serving.


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Keyword Cheesecake, Pumpkin Swirl Cheescake
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I hope you enjoyed my Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Recipe and are getting inspired for your next baking day!

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  1. 5 stars
    The perfect dessert! Beautiful and yummy at the same time! Great job, Susan!

  2. 5 stars
    I cannot wait to try this! you make this look so amazing Susan, thanks for sharing the recipe my friend.

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