Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 20, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post Two favorite fall flavors combine in a smooth, creamy Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake to star at your holiday table, or anytime you want a surefire crowd pleaser.

Two favorite fall flavors combine in a smooth, creamy Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake to star at your holiday table, or anytime you want a surefire crowd pleaser.

I wouldn’t be so cheeky as to suggest you do away with pumpkin pie this holiday season, but I will suggest you add this Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake to your dessert repertoire. Maybe even offer it alongside the pie, and see which one goes first. Or Maybe you’ll discover a favorite new recipe for your family and friends.

It’s a winning recipe from chef and author George Geary. He made cheesecake crave-worthy to all of us by making the luscious cheesecakes eaten by “The Golden Girls” each night they appeared on TV. George also was the first award-winning pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland. Unforgettable cheesecakes became his culinary calling card.

I’ve met George a few times at various events, and he is so nice and has such a good sense of humor; if you have a chance to take one of his classes sometime, do it! He freely shares tips and hints so you’ll have success with his recipes.

George let us in on the secret of his cheesecakes in his first cookbook, “125 Best Cheesecake Recipes” in 2002, and that was such a hit he followed up with the bestselling “The Cheesecake Bible” in 2008. He added 90 more recipes to his latest, “The Cheesecake Bible Second Edition” and included vegan, gluten-free, savory cheesecakes, holiday favorites like this Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake, bars, cheese pies and breakfast items. If you’re a cheesecake lover, this is your book, and George is your new best friend.

As we head into the holiday season, sign up with confidence for the potluck list. Write Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake under the dessert category. And then claim your best-baker prize once everyone has tasted it.  

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 10 hours

Yield: Serves 18-20

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

Two favorite fall flavors combine in a smooth, creamy Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake to star at your holiday table, or anytime you want a surefire crowd pleaser.


  • Crust
  • 2 ½ cups (625 ml) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) unsalted butter, melted
  • .
  • Filling
  • 2 ¼ pounds (1.124 kg) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream
  • 2 ¼ cups (550 ml) granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 ml) pumpkin puree (puree, not pie filling)
  • ½ cup (125 ml) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (125 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (2 ml) freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) ground allspice
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract
  • .
  • Decoration
  • Whipped Cream Topping (see recipe below in instructions)


  1. Heat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Make the crust: In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, ginger and butter. Press into bottom of a 10-inch (25 cm) cheesecake pan or springform pan with 3-inch (7.5 cm) sides. Put in the freezer.
  3. Make the filling: In a mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, sour cream and sugar on medium-high speed until very smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Fold in pumpkin, flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice and vanilla by hand.
  4. Pour over frozen crust, smoothing out to sides of pan. Bake in heated oven until top is light brown and center has a slight jiggle to it, 60-75 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before decorating or serving.
  5. Decoration: Ice top of cake with Classic Whipped Cream Topping or pipe a ribbon of it around border, if you like. To make Classic Whipped Cream Topping, you’ll need ½ cup heavy or whipping cream and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. In a well-chilled mixer bowl fitted with whip attachment, whip cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. With mixer running, sprinkle with sugar and whip until firm peaks form. (If you want Chocolate Whipped Cream, stir in 3 ounces (90 g) melted semisweet chocolate.)
  6. Serves 18-20.
  7. Variation: Fold 1 cup (250 ml) chopped hazelnuts into the filling for a crunchy top.


Recipe source: “The Cheesecake Bible Second Edition): 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More” by George Geary (2018, Robert Rose Inc.). Used with permission.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kuma November 1, 2020 at 9:57 pm

What a delicious looking pumpkin cheesecake. I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


Christie October 11, 2020 at 3:49 pm

What a luscious and delicious looking cheesecake. Such great flavors in there.


Ashley Marie Lecker October 6, 2020 at 10:28 am

I love anything with maple and pumpkin is a plus! I can’t wait to try this!


Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch September 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

What a great fall treat! A must try!


Sara Welch September 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm

What a delicious treat and perfect for fall! Looking forward to enjoying this all season long!


Rebekah Hills September 22, 2020 at 9:36 am

My oh my – that looks mouthwatering! Beautiful creamy cheesecake with all the perfect fall flavors!


Toni Dash September 22, 2020 at 8:51 am

This is such a perfect fall treat! Everyone at my house will surely enjoy this!


Beth September 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to make this!


Jen September 22, 2020 at 5:01 am

I am so ready for all things pumpkin this time of year! Can’t wait to take my first bite.


Vikki September 21, 2020 at 10:24 pm

Maple and pumpkin is one of my favorite flavor combinations for the fall and it really works with this creamy and delicious cheesecake! I love love love how this turned out


Marcelle September 21, 2020 at 8:10 pm

This is a show-stopping fall dessert, Dorothy! Love the finishing touch with the candy leaf and chocolate whipped cream sounds so delish. Fantastic ingredients in this recipe. My weirdo kids won’t eat cheesecake…more for me <3


Dorothy Reinhold September 22, 2020 at 5:49 am

And a couple of pieces to share with neighbors!


Terri Oliver Steffes September 21, 2020 at 7:34 pm

This looks incredible. I know my family would love this.


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert September 21, 2020 at 5:48 pm

This Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake looks incredibly delicious!


Hezzi-D September 21, 2020 at 10:55 am

This looks delicious! Pumpkin and cheesecake sounds so good.


Wendy Klik September 21, 2020 at 6:44 am

OH my….this is a gorgeous finish to a holiday dinner. Love it.


Lisa Kerhin September 21, 2020 at 6:01 am

Can one be in love with cheesecake? IF so, this is my new love!


Cindy September 21, 2020 at 4:43 am

Maple adds that little extra fall flavor. Love it!


Lana September 21, 2020 at 4:29 am

Wow! That looks like it could replace pumpkin pie! Can’t wait to see if I can make this vegan!


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