RECIPE: Pumpkin Cheesecake w/an Oreo Crust- and a Bourbon Whipped Cream Topping

There are only two days left until Thanksgiving 2020, and I’ve been looking for the perfect dessert for us to make for the big day. Since the leaves started falling off the trees in September, we’ve had our fair share of apple pie (and apple cider donuts) to honor the season, so I opted to look for a recipe outside of the apple family. And what says Thanksgiving better than a pumpkin pie? Though even still- I wanted to find something that’s a slight variation of the original fall dessert. Enter: Pumpkin Cheesecake w/an Oreo Cruist- and a Bourbon Whipped Cream Topping. … Is your mouth watering yet?

Thank you, Cafe Delights, for this delectable recipe. We will be making- and enjoying- this one to the fullest this week!!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! What kind of dessert will you be having??


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 28 Oreo cookies
  • 24 ounces (680 g) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

For Bourbon Whipped Cream Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream (or thickened cream)
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar (or icing sugar)
  • 1-2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) milk or semi sweet block chocolate, at room temperature


  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter or non stick spray.
  • In a food processor, pulse the Oreos to form fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse to incorporate. Press the crumb mixture evenly into the base with a glass jar or using your fingertips and knuckles in a fist. Set base aside in the refrigerator while making your cheesecake batter.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar/s, flour, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the eggs and pumpkin puree until smooth and well combined. Pour the pumpkin batter into the crust.
  • Bake the cheesecake until set around the edges, and the centre has a slight wobble to it, (about 50 to 55 minutes). Allow the cheesecake cool completely in the pan, then refrigerate until chilled. (At least 4 hours or overnight.)

Bourbon Whipped Cream Topping:

  • Just before serving, beat cream with sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add bourbon and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

Chocolate Curls and Shavings

  • Using a vegetable peeler, scrape the blade lengthwise across the chocolate to create delicate curls and shavings. Top the cheesecake immediately before they begin to melt (refrigerate before using if you need too).


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Juliana Fraioli Wilson

A traveler since childhood, Juliana Fraioli Wilson has always had a love for exploring. She is a published writer and an accomplished business owner with a background in music and art. Join Juliana, her husband Ryan, and their two kids in Wanderland! Follow along as they share tips, tricks, recipes and reviews from some of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world.