Smart Cookie's Spiderweb Pumpkin Cheesecake


Pumpkin, gingersnaps, and pecans team up to form the ultimate fall cheesecake. A spider web marbling makes it extra spooky for Halloween. Start ahead, because if there's one word that describes this cheesecake, it's 'chilling.'

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins
1 (10-inch) cheesecake


Gingersnap and Pecan Crust:

  • cooking spray

  • 48 gingersnap cookies

  • ½ cup pecan pieces

  • ½ cup salted butter, melted

Pumpkin Cheesecake:

  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 4 eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray and wrap the outside with foil.

  2. Pulse gingersnap cookies into fine crumbs in a food processor. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Pulse pecans in the same food processor bowl until finely ground. Add to the cookie mixture and mix in melted butter.

  3. Press the cookie and pecan mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of the springform pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on the edges, about 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  5. Beat cream cheese with sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl, until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until combined and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.

  6. Pour about 1/2 of the batter into a different bowl and set aside.

  7. Add pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to the batter in the stand mixer bowl and mix until combined.

  8. Transfer 1/4 cup of the plain batter into a piping bag or plastic storage bag. Spread the rest over the pie crust. Top with the pumpkin cheesecake batter.

  9. Pipe remaining plain batter into 5 concentric circles on the top of the cheesecake. Drag the tip of a toothpick or small knife out from the center of the batter to the edge, wiping it down between each pull, to create a spider web effect.

  10. Place the springform pan in the bottom of a roasting pan; fill roasting pan halfway up with warm water to create a water bath.

  11. Carefully transfer cheesecake to the oven and bake until edges are set, top is no longer shiny, and center is still a little jiggly, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

  12. Turn the oven off and prop the door open at least 4 inches. Leave the cheesecake in the oven for an additional 30 minutes.

  13. Remove cheesecake from the oven and water bath. Run a knife around the edge to prevent sticking and cool on a cooling rack for 30 minutes more. Cover loosely and chill for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

  14. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and carefully remove the sides of the springform pan. Slice and serve.

Cook's Notes:

48 gingersnap cookies comes out to about 2/3 a box.

The 2 main causes of cracks in a cheesecake are overbaking and cooling too fast. A water bath helps to keep a steamy environment while baking and prevent overcooking, and propping the oven door open to let it cool keeps the temperature from dropping too quickly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

606 Calories
43g Fat
48g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 606
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 23g 116%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 440mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 195mg 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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