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Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake is a delicious dessert and one I love to make every fall. In fact, my family are huge fans of cheesecake and I am so excited to share this easy pumpkin cheesecake with you.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Seasonal Delight: Embrace the flavors of fall with this pumpkin-infused decadent dessert.
  • Smooth and Creamy: Achieve perfect texture with the Instant Pot’s precise cooking method.
  • Impress Guests: This elegant Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake is sure to wow at your next gathering.

Recipe Ingredients

Pumpkin Cheesecake Crust

  • Gingersnap Cookie Crumbs: Add a spicy, sweet crunch that complements the pumpkin flavor perfectly.
  • Ground Nutmeg: Infuses the crust with a warm, nutty aroma, enhancing the overall fall vibe.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Brings a cozy, spicy sweetness that’s essential for the ultimate autumnal taste.
  • Granulated Sugar: Balances the spices and enhances the crust’s sweetness, binding flavors together.
  • Melted Butter: Acts as a glue, holding the crumbs together for a firm, flavorful crust.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

  • Softened Cream Cheese: Main ingredient that forms the base of the pumpkin cheesecake.
  • Granulated Sugar: Helps to achieve the perfect level of sweetness in the dessert.
  • Sour Cream: Adds a subtle tanginess and richness to the filling, enhancing the overall taste and mouthfeel.
  • Maple Extract: Complements the pumpkin and spices, giving the dessert a warm and autumnal touch.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a pleasant aroma and enhances the overall flavor profile of the cheesecake.
  • Eggs: Add structure and stability to the dessert, helping it set properly during baking.
  • Canned Pumpkin Puree: Gives your Instant Pot cheesecake its signature pumpkin flavor.
  • Ground Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg: Essential in creating the classic pumpkin spice flavor.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake ingredients.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Icing

  • Softened Cream Cheese: Complements the flavors of the pumpkin cheesecake and creates a luscious and velvety texture.
  • Butter: Contributes richness and a smooth consistency to the icing.
  • Maple Extract: Adds another layer of deliciousness to the dessert.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens the icing and provides a smooth texture.
  • Milk: Helps in achieving the desired thickness and ensures that the icing spreads smoothly and evenly over the cheesecake.
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How To Make Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake?

Step One: Prepare Crust

Stir together the cookie crumbs, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter until combined to resemble the consistency of wet sand.

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Step Two: Prep Cheesecake Pan

Cut a circle of parchment paper the size of the bottom of an 8-inch cheesecake pan (springform pan) and place it in the pan. Lightly spray the parchment paper with a non-stick spray.

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Step Three: Form Crust

Press the crust mixture into the bottom and about ¾ inches up the sides of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

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Step Four: Prepare Cheesecake Filling

In a mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar until light and creamy. Add the sour cream and maple and vanilla extracts and mix until thoroughly combined. Avoid over-mixing, as it can cause your cheesecake to crack.

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Step Five: Add Eggs

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing lightly after each addition.

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Step Six: Prepare Pumpkin Mixture

Remove 2½ cups of batter into another bowl. To this bowl, add the pumpkin puree, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix until combined.

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Step Seven: Layer The Mixtures

Remove the crust from the freezer. Alternately scoop each mixture into your crust, layering the mixtures until it is all used.

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Step Eight: Create A Swirl Design

With a butter knife or skewer, run the knife through the mixtures to form a swirl design throughout.

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Step Nine: Pressure Cook

Place a piece of foil over the cheesecake, sealing the edges. Poke several small holes into the foil to allow the steam to escape. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the cheesecake on the trivet and lower it into the pot. Seal the Instant Pot according to your instructions that came with the pot. Set the timer for 1 hour at high pressure. Allow pressure to naturally release to L-10, then manually release and remove the cheesecake to a cooling rack.

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Step Ten: Chill

Allow the cheesecake to cool for about ½ hour, then release the sides of the pan and place the cheesecake in the refrigerator to chill while making the icing.

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Step Eleven: Prepare Maple Icing

Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add maple extract and mix.

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Step Twelve: Add Powdered Sugar

Add powdered sugar and mix until thoroughly combined and the icing is smooth and creamy. Use milk to thin if too thick.

Step Thirteen: Prepare The Pastry Bag

Place icing into a pastry bag. If the icing seems too soft, refrigerate in the pastry bag for about 15 minutes before piping.

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Step Fourteen: Pipe Icing

Using a 1M icing tip, pipe stars around the border of the cheesecake. Add a large flower in the center with the same tip if you like.

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Step Fifteen: Chill

Chill your Instant Pot pumpkin cheesecake until the icing sets up a bit. Slice with a knife dipped in hot water, serve and enjoy!

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Expert Tips

  • Cream Cheese Coolness: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature to avoid lumps.
  • Water Wrap: When cooking, wrap your cheesecake pan in foil to keep water out during the Instant Pot’s steam cycle.
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Optional

  • Homemade Whipped Cream: Adds a light, creamy texture and a sweet finish, perfect for dolloping on top before serving for added flair and flavor.
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Substitutions

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: You can use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in the filling to make it taste more like fall.
  • Brown Sugar: Can be substituted for granulated sugar in both the crust and filling of the Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake to add a deeper, molasses-like flavor and moisture.
  • Graham Crackers: Can substitute gingersnap cookie crumbs offering a milder, honeyed flavor and a classic, crunchy base.

Storage Instructions

  • Refrigerate: Allow your pumpkin cheesecake to cool to room temperature before storing. Cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate within 2 hours of cooling. Consume within 5-7 days for optimal freshness.
  • Freeze (Whole Cheesecake): For longer storage, freeze the whole cheesecake by wrapping it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Label with the freezing date and store for up to 1-2 months.
  • Freeze (Sliced Cheesecake): Alternatively, you can slice the cheesecake into individual portions, separate it with parchment paper, and then freeze. This allows you to defrost and enjoy slices as needed.
  • Thaw: When ready to enjoy a frozen cheesecake, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Consume within 24 hours after thawing for the best texture.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Enjoy a simple, creamy Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake with rich pumpkin flavors.

Ingredients

  • For Pumpkin Cheesecake Crust:
  • 2 c gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • For Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:
  • 32 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1¾ c granulated sugar
  • ½ c sour cream (room temperature)
  • ¾ tsp maple extract
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract (can use regular vanilla extract but the swirl will be darker)
  • 3 lg eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 c canned pumpkin
  • 1¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • For Pumpkin Cheesecake Icing:
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • ½ c powdered sugar
  • ⅛ c milk

Instructions

  1. Stir together the cookie crumbs, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter until combined to resemble the consistency of wet sand.
  2. Cut a circle of parchment paper the size of the bottom of an 8-inch cheesecake pan (springform pan) and place it in the pan. Lightly spray the parchment paper with a non-stick spray.
  3. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and about ¾ inches up the sides of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar until light and creamy. Add the sour cream and maple and vanilla extracts and mix until thoroughly combined. Avoid over-mixing, as it can cause your cheesecake to crack.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing lightly after each addition.
  6. Remove 2½ cups of batter into another bowl. To this bowl, add the pumpkin puree, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
  7. Remove the crust from the freezer. Alternately scoop each mixture into your crust, layering the mixtures until it is all used.
  8. With a butter knife or skewer, run the knife through the mixtures to form a swirl design throughout.
  9. Place a piece of foil over the cheesecake, sealing the edges. Poke several small holes into the foil to allow the steam to escape. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the cheesecake on the trivet and lower it into the pot. Seal the Instant Pot according to your instructions that came with the pot. Set the timer for 1 hour at high pressure. Allow pressure to naturally release to L-10, then manually release and remove the cheesecake to a cooling rack.
  10. Allow the cheesecake to cool for about ½ hour, then release the sides of the pan and place the cheesecake in the refrigerator to chill while making the icing.
  11. Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add maple extract and mix.
  12. Add powdered sugar and mix until thoroughly combined and icing is smooth and creamy. Use milk to thin if too thick.
  13. Place icing into a pastry bag. If the icing seems too soft, refrigerate in the pastry bag for about 15 minutes before piping.
  14. Using a 1M icing tip, pipe stars around the border of the cheesecake. Add a large flower in the center with the same tip if you like.
  15. Chill your Instant Pot pumpkin cheesecake until the icing sets up a bit. Slice with a knife dipped in hot water, serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cream Cheese Coolness: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature to avoid lumps.
  • Water Wrap: When cooking, wrap your cheesecake pan in foil to keep water out during the Instant Pot's steam cycle.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1695Total Fat: 105gSaturated Fat: 57gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 374mgSodium: 1268mgCarbohydrates: 174gFiber: 4gSugar: 120gProtein: 23g

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