Since next week is Thanksgiving and there will be no treats for the co-irkers, I decided to pull out all the stops this week and make them a pumpkin cheesecake. Rumor has it that they (the co-irkers) would gladly settle for cheesecake each and every week, but we all know that cheesecake is reserved for special occasions, right? With that in mind and thankfulness in heart, I happily made them this rich and decadent holiday cheesecake to show them my gratitude for making my hubby truly enjoy his job. He really is a different man than he was before starting this job almost three years ago. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you co-irkers, for welcoming him and treating him so kindly. It definitely takes the stress off of me having to treat him kindly at home. (HEE!)
Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake (adapted from VeryBestBaking)
1 1/2 cups crushed shortbread cookies (This was one sleeve of Lorna Doones for me)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 ounces sour cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup crushed milk chocolate-toffee pieces
Caramel ice cream topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" springform pan with cooking spray and place on baking sheet.
FOR CRUST: Combine cookie crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press onto bottom and 1-inch up side of 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (do not allow to brown). Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
FOR CHEESECAKE: Beat cream cheese and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, cream, eggs, cornstarch and cinnamon; beat well. Pour into crust. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until edge is set but center still moves slightly. Remove from oven.
FOR TOPPING: Combine sour cream, granulated sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract in small bowl; mix well. Spread over warm cheesecake. Sprinkle with milk chocolate toffee pieces. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes. Cool for 10-15 minutes in pan on wire rack. Gently run a thin knife between cheesecake and pan and allow to cool completely. Cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Remove side of springform pan. Drizzle with caramel topping before serving.