Maple Cream Pumpkin Cheesecake with Buttery Gingersnap Crust

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan


Maple Cream Pumpkin Cheesecake with Buttery Gingersnap Crust

My pie is made. The appetizer (you still have time to make this amazingness) and the salad (ooh, nostalgia!) will be made today.

The other dessert is made.

The ginger cranberry sauce was made. Then eaten. Then made again. Whew.

The champagne is chilling for brunch mimosas tomorrow, and the decks of cards are ready for playing after dinner.

The smell in the kitchen when the first ingredients of our family dressing recipe come together – that scent is the start of the holiday season for me!

The dressing will be served in that faded yellow Pyrex bowl that has been in our family for generations, and at every holiday table of my life.

When it comes to carving the turkey, I will sit and imagine this scene through the years – seven year old Kristina perched on a stool watching Uncle John in my grandparents kitchen, twelve year old Kristina hovering around Grandpa Z and the electric knife, thirty year old Kristina watching my parents standing close and working together… even if I do not eat the turkey, I have many memories around it.

Three dachshunds running around…

The annual viewing of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation…

This year I get to have so many loved ones in the same room all day – Jason, my brother, my Dad, my mom and step-dad, one sister will be there while one will not (we will miss you guys, Kelly!), and with good memories, laughter and old stories retold, others will be there in spirit – Grandpa and Grandma Z, Uncle Dudley…

I am thankful for so much.

Maple Cream Pumpkin Pie with Buttery Gingersnap Crust


maple cream pumpkin pie

dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan

makes one pie (9 inch spring-form pan)

gingersnap crust:

8 ounces gluten free gingersnap cookies
1/3 cup pecans
1/3 cup butter (vegan, soy free), melted

Crumble cookies and pecans in food processor. Combine 2 cups cookie crumbs with melted butter. Press into prepared (greased sides and parchment lined base) spring-form pan, set aside.

maple cream pumpkin filling:

16 ounces cream cheese (vegan)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla paste
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice 
1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree

In food processor, pulse to combine cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla, molasses and pumpkin pie spice. Add pumpkin puree, continue to process until smooth. Pour over gingersnap crust, smooth into an even layer, hit pan against counter to release bubbles. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes. Turn oven off, leave cake in oven with door open another 20-30 minutes. Remove, cool completely before covering and storing in refrigerator.

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake with Buttery Gingersnap Crust


Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you.


{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 the 3volution of j3nn November 21, 2012 at 3:48 am

Cookie crusts are where it’s at! That sounds sooo good with the cream cheese filling. Yum!! I wish I knew about that sooner. Might have to make anyway. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you guys! <3


2 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

oh, you SHOULD – one cannot have too much pie, right? 😀 I hope you have a great holiday – happy Thanksgiving!


3 Andrea Mynard November 21, 2012 at 4:58 am

Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious! Must try this recipe, afraid will have to be post-Thanksgiving. And your mention of National Lampoons Christmas vacation brings back lots of fab family Christmas memories. Lovely post.


4 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

thank you, Andrea!! yes, I knew I should have shared this earlier, but there is a whole month of holiday ahead of us, right? :)

happy Thanksgiving!


5 Heather (Where's the Beach) November 21, 2012 at 6:45 am

Love hearing about your Thanksgiving and memories. That’s what it’s really all about right?


6 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

YES it is!! I am so very excited for tomorrow – I haven’t had everyone together like this since… well, we had a BBQ pool party years ago, and then once when I was in the hospital… 😉

happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Heather – I hope you all have a wonderful day!


7 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 21, 2012 at 7:00 am

Where were you when we were trying to choose a Thanksgiving dessert last night?! This looks incredible. Is that just maple syrup drizzled over the top?


8 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

ahhh, sorry! I knew I should have posted this one earlier. 😉 and nooo, that is not maple syrup (of course not!). it’s a spicy ginger caramel sauce… recipe coming soon… 😉

happy Thanksgiving, hope you are having a fantastic time!


9 jobo November 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

Oh I am so glad you’ll be spending the day with your family, including your dad. how is he doing? This pie looks divine!


10 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

thank you, Jolene!! he is doing okay… I need to update everyone, but we still have no real news. we have had a couple appointments recently, using a scope to see his throat (VERY interesting, actually – a huge monitor on the wall is what I get to see, the view from the scope!), and we will be going in for a second biopsy soon. I’ll update more when I know a bit more… fingers are still crossed over here, for good news.

thanks for asking… I hope you have a most wonderful holiday!! happy Thanksgiving, I am thankful to know YOU! XO


11 Laurel November 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

My pecan pie was made and eaten. My cashew cream cheese sugar pumpkin pie w/cookie crust is half gone. My cranberry sauce was made and is gone, so it was made again last night. Today I’m moving on to another pumpkin pie and hopefully blueberry as well. I think this family needs to find someone else who can bake!
Thanks for sharing all your lovely memories. I’m extra specially glad that your Dad will be able to share the day with you. Love and stars are shining down on you from the universe because you, yourself are so special. I am especially grateful that I get to stalk you whenever I want and haven’t yet been served with a restraining order.


12 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

and you will never be served one!

your comments always make me smile, make me laugh, make me happy. I am thankful for YOU, for reading and connecting and making what I do here so fun.

I too am so happy Dad is going to be sharing the whole day with us, for so many reasons. this year has been bumpy, and tomorrow will be nice…

I hope you have a wonderful day too, my dear. I am laughing – it is so very good to know I am not the only one who prepares food for the holiday and … has to make more. ahem. Happy Thanksgiving!


13 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) November 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

Yum, I am loving that crust! Your Thanksgiving memories sound really awesome Kristina – I hope tomorrow adds to your arsenal and you have a great day :)


14 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

thank you, Alyssa! I know tomorrow will definitely bring new fond memories. I hope you have a great day as well, happy Thanksgiving!


15 Eileen November 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

If we weren’t already making a different pumpkin pie…well. This looks so good! Happy Thanksgiving–I hope you guys have an amazing family feast!


16 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm

thank you, Eileen – wishing you the most wonderful day as well, happy Thanksgiving!


17 janetha November 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

i loooove maple so i know i would loooove this!


18 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm

you would, You Would!! happy Thanksgiving, Janetha! XO


19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Wow, YUM! I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving! I’m so happy that you get to share this holiday with so many amazing people!


20 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I am so so happy about that – having many loved ones in the same place 😀 I hope you all have a wonderful holiday… XO


21 Kate@Diethood November 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Gorgeous Pie!! Have a great day tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving to you and to yours!!


22 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm

thank you, Kate – happy Thanksgiving to you as well! XO


23 Purely Twins November 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
This pie sounds amazing!


24 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

thank you, happy Thanksgiving to you both! XO


25 Kelly Klepfer November 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

oh YUM! Have a super Thanksgiving.


26 Kristina Sloggett November 22, 2012 at 6:41 am

thank you so much, Kelly – I wish you a wonderful holiday as well, happy Thanksgiving!


27 Char @ November 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Mmmmm I love cheesecake!! I imagine this tastes like cheesecake.

Happy Thanksgiving, Kristina!! 😀


28 Kristina Sloggett November 22, 2012 at 6:41 am

it does… I love cheesecake too. Happy Thanksgiving, Char! XO


29 Janna November 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

this sounds amazing, the gingersnap is a good idea too!


30 Natasha November 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

And I am so very thankful for the gift of you Kristina…with love and adoration –
hugs and kisses


31 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

ah, sweetie sweets! your friendship means so much to me, and you have been there for me during my terribly rough year – I am so very thankful for that! XXO to you, dear!


32 Carrian@ohsweetbasil November 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

This pie looks amazing, mouth is watering right now!


33 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

thank you, Carrian! happy holidays to you!


34 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) November 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I read the first two sentences of this post too fast and thought you were saying that your pie is the appetizer :) Maybe I was onto something? 😉

Love the looks of this pie! Gingersnap crust sounds perfect. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!


35 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

pie as appetizer?? sounds good to me, I would NOT complain… our Thanksgiving was lovely, I hope yours was as well! happy holidays, my friend!


36 Jess November 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

happiest of days today my dear, I am so glad you get to spend it with your family…especially with your dad. much love my friend. much love.


37 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

thank you so SO much – it was a perfect day, I was so happy to have everyone in one place.

I hope your holiday was just as perfect – XXO


38 Terra November 24, 2012 at 5:28 am

I opened up this post and gasped….it seriously sounds AWESOME! The gingersnap crust must make all the flavors come together in one happy bite! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra


39 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

thank you, Terra! I agree, the gingersnap flavor is a nice sharp contrast to the creamy tangy sweetness… I was thrilled with the result here. Happy Holidays!


40 Lora @cakeduchess November 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I couldn’t remember if I left a comment here or not… I adore this. I want a slice of this luscious pie right now. I want to bake it now but I will eat the whole thing by myself:)


41 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I cannot wait to make this one again – it was a last minute thing to make this with the maple cream… I had a request for a pumpkin pie, and you know I cannot do anything just traditional, as is… 😉


42 Shirley @ gfe November 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I have to agree with Terra; this pumpkin pie is gaspworthy!! This one will have to go on All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time for sure! :-)

Love all your Thanksgiving memories, dear. They made me flash back to some of my own. 😉



43 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I would be honored if this was featured!

I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one, my friend! XO


44 Zach November 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

I made this for our turkey day (actually made three of them, we had 26 people at our house!) and it is now going to be made at Christmas, probably New Year, and evermore! thanks for the tasty pie and happy holiday to you!


45 Kristina Sloggett November 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

hi Zach! so happy to hear this, and wow, three! good for you, glad everyone enjoyed! happy holidays to you!


46 Heidi November 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

This looks fabulous, but I have a few questions: I’m assuming the pecans get ground up with the cookies? They were never mentioned again!

What deliciousness is drizzled on top?

And where does one typically find vanilla paste (or is it something you made)?

Many thanks — can’t wait to try it!


47 Kristina Sloggett November 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

OOPS ! yes, the pecans get processed with the cookies into the crust – thank you for catching that, I have updated the recipe! I made a caramel sauce (similar to this one, but added fresh ginger to spice it up).

vanilla paste is simply another form of vanilla; it is not as easily found – although if you have a Williams Sonoma or similar store nearby, they carry it. You can sub an equal amount of pure vanilla extract in place of the paste if you cannot find it.

hope that helps – enjoy! this is one of my favorite cakes, we will be having it again this year for Thanksgiving.


48 Lauren November 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

I’m sick with a nasty cold and I’m being good by staying home, so that means I can still make cheesecake right? Looks wonderful and def making today. :)


49 Kristina Sloggett November 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

oh no! feel better SOON, and enjoy the cheesecake! :)


50 marsha taylor September 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Your recipe for Maple Cream pumpkin pie sounds wonderful as I am Canadian Maple syrup next to Poutine is our 2nd favourite food group. I’m having early Thanksgiving Sept. 20th, this year Thanksgiving is October 13th so to you and yours blessings . marsha taylor


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