Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Ingredients
  1. Crust
  2. 2
  3. cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (about 32)
  4. 1/4
  5. cup butter or margarine, melted
  6. Cheesecake
  7. 4
  8. packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  9. 1 1/2
  10. cups sugar
  11. 4
  12. eggs
  13. 1
  14. cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  15. 1 1/2
  16. teaspoons ground ginger
  17. 1
  18. teaspoon ground cinnamon
  19. 1/4
  20. teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. 1 Heat oven to 300°F. Grease 9-inch springform pan with shortening or cooking spray. Wrap foil around pan to catch drips. In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press crumb mixture in bottom and 1 inch up side of pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Iin large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed just until smooth and creamy; do not overbeat. On low speed, gradually beat in sugar. On low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time, just until blended. Spoon 3 cups of the cream cheese mixture into pan; spread evenly.
  3. 3 Stir pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into remaining cream cheese mixture; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Spoon over mixture in pan.
  4. 4 Bake 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until edges are set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved.
  5. 5 Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack. Without releasing side of pan, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. Cover loosely; refrigerate at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  6. 6 Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake again; carefully remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on serving plate. Store cheesecake covered in refrigerator.
Notes
  1. The key to a smooth top on a cheesecake is using the correct oven temperature, bake time and beating the cream cheese mixture just until smooth.
  2. Garnish this luscious dessert with whipping cream.
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