Pumpkin Tahini Cheesecake

This cheesecake with tahini is a Middle Eastern twist on your classic recipe. The extra-long baking time ensures a crack-free surface on the cheesecake.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 25 mins
1 10-inch cheesecake



  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • ¼ cup crushed pecans


  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  • ¼ cup tahini

  • ¼ cup pecan pieces


  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup sugar, butter, and 2 tablespoons tahini together in a bowl. Press into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan. Sprinkle 1/4 crushed pecans over the prepared crust.

  2. Place cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat in egg until smooth. Beat in egg yolk. Mix in sour cream and vanilla extract. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar, heavy cream, and flour; blend until smooth. Spread 2 cups of batter over the crust to form the first filling layer.

  3. Stir pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg into the remaining batter in the bowl. Spread over the first layer of filling.

  4. Place cheesecake in a cold oven. Set oven temperature to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Bake cheesecake until set, 3 hours and 10 minutes. Crack the oven door open and let cheesecake cool inside for 1 hour. Refrigerate until firm, 8 to 24 hours.

  5. Spread 1/4 cup tahini over the surface of the cheesecake; arrange pecan pieces decoratively on top.

Cook's Note:

If going for traditional flavor, choose graham cracker crumbs. If going for a new thrill, you'd better find and use Lotus Biscoff(R) biscuits, crumbled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

496 Calories
37g Fat
36g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 496
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 176mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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