*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                             Pumpkin Cheesecake
 
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 Serving Size  : 14   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         Crust
    1      cup           graham cracker crumbs
    1      tablespoon    sugar
    4      tablespoons   butter -- melted
                         Filling
    2      8 oz. pkgs.   cream cheese -- softened
      3/4  cup           sugar
    1      16 oz. can    pumpkin
    1 1/4  teaspoons     cinnamon
      1/2  teaspoon      ground ginger
      1/2  teaspoon      ground nutmeg
      1/4  teaspoon      salt
    2                    eggs
                         Topping
    2      cups          sour cream
    2      tablespoons   sugar
    1      teaspoon      vanilla
                         12 - 16 pecan halves -- optional
 
 Combine crust ingredients.  Press into the bottom of a 9 springform pan;
 chill.
 
 For filling:  beat cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl until well
 blended.  Beat in pumpkin, spices and salt.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating
 well after each.  Pour into crust.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.
 
 Meanwhile, for topping:  combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla.  Spread over
 filling; return to the oven for 5 minutes.  Cool on a rack; chill overnight.
  Garnish each slice with a pecan half.  Makes  12 to 16 servings.
 
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