Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

/// September 24th, 2014

Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Rich, creamy, super decadent cheesecake loaded with all the flavor of a classic pumpkin pie! Made with a thick, buttery graham cracker crust and topped with a soft dollop of whipped cream – this is Fall dessert at its finest! Grab your forks now 😉

Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Ok. I’ll say it before you do. I am obsessed with Greek yogurt right now! Is it a crush? Is it love? I’m not sure yet. But one thing I do know – I’m a Greek yogurt baking fool and I see no end in sight. The good news? Greek yogurt makes me make you the tastiest of treats! Like this Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake! It is such a winner. I know this as fact because I’ve had many a’ slices of pumpkin cheesecake in my life, and this one beats them all black and blue!

Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake I blame thank these Greek yogurt pumpkin pie bars for the inspiration to make this gorgeously indulgent Fall treat. As I was cleaning up the last splatters of pumpkin and whipped cream from that baking project, all I could think about was MORE pumpkin treats. I swear, it’s a Fall thing! Originally I had planned to make you a pumpkin cheesecake with a different spin (and I still may…), but after a few too many Greek yogurt spiked pumpkin pie bars, I knew my destiny had changed. I knew a Greek yogurt cheesecake had to happen. For you! 

Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Now, if you’re sitting there wondering if the cheesecake tastes like Greek yogurt, the answer is actually no. I, funnily enough, am not a yogurt eater in real life. Like, you’ll never find me cracking open a container and going at it straight with a spoon. Blech. No. BUT! I buy it by the case when we hit up the grocery store because it is a goddess in baked goods. Not only does it create an ethereal like creaminess to cheesecake, but it doesn’t overwhelm flavor wise. I love that.

Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake So, what does this cheesecake taste like (you ask)? PUMPKIN PIE!!! Through and through. It’s heavily spiced, loud of pumpkin flavor, and creamy as can be. See, I hate when pumpkin desserts don’t taste like pumpkin. I don’t get it one bit! So when I was testing fillings for this cheesecake, I made sure to really bring it in the pumpkin department. This thick, rich, pumpkin-licious filling was the clear winner.

I topped each slice with a generous dollop of bourbon whipped cream, and it was just the icing on the cake! I also think a honey spiked dollop of Greek yogurt on top may be good if you’re looking for an extra yogurt fix 😉 xoxo

Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cheesecake - each bite is silky smooth and loaded with pumpkin flavor!

Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • For the Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Filling:
  • (3) 8 oz packages of cream cheese, cut into cubes and VERY soft
  • 1/2 cups full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • (1) 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 2 cups graham crackers, pulsed into crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Instructions:
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F).
  3. For crust:
  4. In the body of a blender combine graham crackers, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and sugar. pulse until the crackers have been completely pulsed to crumbs. Add melted butter; stir well to combine. Press down into a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
  5. For filling:
  6. Beat cream cheese and greek yogurt in a blender until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sugars and spices, pulse until well combined. Add flour and vanilla and pulse for another 30 seconds, or until flour has completely disappeared into the batter. Don’t over mix!
  7. Pour filling into crust, and spread evenly. Wrap the bottom of the pan in foil (I recommend doing a few diligent layers here; none wants a wet crust).
  8. Place the pan into a large, deep pan. Fill the pan up with hot water half way. This is your water bath and will help ensure your cheesecake comes out crack free.
  9. Place pan in the oven and cook cheesecake for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Turn oven off and let the cheesecake sit for 45 minutes inside the oven. The cheesecake should be still slightly wiggly. Remove cake from oven, run a knife very gently around the edge of the cake, and let it sit in the pan for 15 more minutes before covering loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!
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46 thoughts on “Creamy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

  1. Eileen

    Ooh, yes please! This cheesecake sounds absolutely fantastic. I have to make one. And I am the only eater of cheesecake in our house, so I’ll even get it all to myself….muahaha etc. :)

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  2. sofia

    Hello!!
    Im sorry i dont get i few things, for example how we do the water bath? with the cheese cake in the pan ? or only to cook the crust? thank you

    greetings from México

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    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Sofia. A water bath is really simple. What you want to do is wrap the bottom of the cheesecake pan really well with aluminum foil (this will keep it dry). Place the cheesecake in a large, deep baking pan, and then fill the pan halfway up with boiling water. Then you’ll place the cheesecake in the oven to bake. Does that make more sense? Let me know 😉 xo

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  3. Alison

    This was DELICIOUS. I ended up making two pies- don’t have springfoam pan so I bought disposable pie tins instead and had enough for 2! Only thing I changed was the canned pumpkin puree, tried to challenge myself and make it from a fresh pumpkin. I think that might have altered the pumpkin flavor in the pie because it’s rather subtle. This is an amazing cheesecake and I’m saving this recipe for sure!

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  4. Alina Winkler

    hey miss baker by nature :)
    thank you so much for this recipe! I just finished baking this incredible sounding cheesecake but I couldn’t wait writing you since I am so excited about it :) my cake still has to wait a little (6 hours 😉 ) before we can try it! I baked it for a birthday and I did a couple of adjustments since the birthday boy is glutenintolarent (I used glutenfree almond cantuccini and almond flour). plus we live in Germany and from experience I know that usually American recipes are way to sweet for the European/German taste. so I used 1/3 of the sugar and after tasting the raw batter I knew it was definitly enough. We Germans probably have different taste bubs 😉
    All in all it looks and smells irresistable and I will report how it turned out! thank you :)

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  5. Stacy

    I have this in the oven right now!! I’ve never made a cheesecake but I was inspired by your recipe, and I love all things pumpkin! I’m hosting 20+ for Thanksgiving and hope it will be the centerpiece of my dessert table :-) Wish me luck

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    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Jenn. I have not tried it this way, but it may work. Just keep in mind you may want to buy two or three pre-made crusts; there is a lot of batter and those pre-made shells are typically shallow. Good luck :)

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  6. shirley

    Hey, I’m looking to do this recipe and because I am so short on time, I had bought the ready graham flavor pie crust (don’t judge

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  7. Lydia

    I am currently making this recipe with 2 pre-made Graham cracker crusts. What would be your recommended adjusted cooking times?

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  8. Andrea

    Hello,
    i’m wondering about the water bath.
    do you but the pie in the water in the oven for the 1 hour 40 plus 45minutes?

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  9. Dori Nelissen

    Hallo
    Graham Cracker Crust is bij mij onbekend.Ik ben Nederlands.Kan ik gewone krackers hiervoor gebruiken
    of zijn deze Graham Crackers in Nederland te koop?

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      1. Anne

        Hi

        I think what she means is that since she lives in the Netherlands she is unable to buy Graham Crackers- what to use instead? Since I live in Switzerland I have the same problem. I have used English Digestive (whole meal) biscuits with quite satisfactory results. They are somewhat richer – but the flavor is very similar.

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  10. Jolene

    Hello!
    I made this last night and it was AMAZING!! I made my own pumpkin puree and I ended up with 4 cheesecakes! I altered the recipe by a bit by doing half the cream cheese and twice the Greek yogurt. My question now is, can I freeze this??

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  11. Wendy

    I can’t WAIT for this to finish chilling! Made it today for my cheesecake loving sisterinlaws 18th birthday! Do we really have to wait 6 hours? Oh the torture lol… Thanks for the recipe!

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  12. Caroline

    Hi, do you mean one stick of 8oz cream cheese ore 3 sticks ? Don’t know I understand this right because of the (3) … Greetings from Sicily

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