A slice of homemade copycat Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake on a plate.
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Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake

Enjoy the Olive Garden Pumpkin cheesecake, even more, when you make it at home with this copycat recipe. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Olive Garden Recipes, Pumpkin Recipes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 598kcal
Author Stephanie Manley



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup ginger snap cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons melted butter

The Filling

  • 24 ounces cream cheese
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Sour Cream Layer

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg **freshly ground if available

Whipped Cream

  • 2 pints heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Additional Toppings

  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup ginger snap crumbs


Crust Preparation

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, gingersnap crumbs, sugar, and butter; mix well. Press crust into a springform pan. Press the crust about halfway up the side of an 8-inch springform pan. Refrigerate crust while you continue to prepare the cheesecake.

Filing Preparation

  • Allow extra time for mixing up this filling. Remove the pure pumpkin puree from the can and place in a couple of large paper towels. Wrap the pumpkin puree with the paper towels; this will soak up the excess water in the pumpkin puree. Continue to remove excess water from the pumpkin puree for about 60 minutes before making cheesecake mixture. Bring the remaining ingredients for the filling to room temperature while the pumpkin puree is being drained. With a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs one at a time and then combine all ingredients for the filling in a mixer. Blend until very smooth. For best results, allow all ingredients to reach room temperature before mixing the filling. Remove crust from refrigerator, and pour in filling.
  •  Additional notes about cheesecake making: I personally do not use a water bath. I do have a clay baking stone in my oven, and my cheesecakes come out very well. You may wish to use a water bath when you prepare your cheesecake.
    Also, I would really urge you to let your ingredients reach room temperature before blending together the filling. This really makes a difference in getting a nice, smooth filling. Update - I know some people felt like there were nuts in the crust, so I wrote to the Olive Garden and here was their response. †If you will note, they state there are no peanuts or nuts in their recipes. So I am going to assume this meant no nuts in the crust of this cheesecake as well.


    I know some people felt like there were nuts in the crust, so I wrote to the Olive Garden and here was their response.  If you will note, they state there are no peanuts or nuts in their recipes.  So I am going to assume this meant to nuts in the crust of this cheesecake as well.

    Dear Stephanie:

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us at olivegarden.com.

    We recognize the challenges with dining out when an allergy must be considered. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide the information you requested regarding nuts or peanut oil as an ingredient at Olive Garden.

    Identifying allergens is a complex process for restaurants as there may be minuscule amounts of ingredients our vendors may not list. As you know, peanuts have been hidden in pie crusts, gravies, chili, spaghetti, soups, and cheesecakes.

    While none of our recipes include nuts or peanuts, we cannot say with complete accuracy that there are no nuts or possible cross introduction of nuts in our restaurants stemming from our vendors. Our current nutritional database does not include information to the level of detail required for your safety. We are unable to recommend any items with the confidence that we all need.

    If Guest Relations can be of further assistance, please write us again through olivegarden.com(www.olivegarden.com/company/contact_us/ ) or call us at 800-331-2729. We look forward to serving you with Hospitaliano at any of our Olive Garden restaurants.

    Olive Garden Guest Relations

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  • Bake cheesecake at 350 for 30 minutes and then reduce temperature to 325 degrees for an additional 30 minutes. When you remove the cheesecake, it should be slightly jiggly in the center.The cheesecake will set up nicely as it cools.

Sour Cream Layer

  • When you remove the cheesecake from the oven, set aside and prepare the seasoned cream cheese layer. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, and spices. Blend well. Spread seasoned sour cream mixture over the baked cheesecake evenly. Place the cheesecake back into the 325 degree oven for about 8 minutes, until the sour cream layer is set.

Whipped Cream

  • Allow the cheesecake to cool. When the cheesecake is completely cool, you can add the whipped cream. In a medium sized bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar; mix well with a blender or a stand mixer. Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Remove ring from the spring-form pan and either pipe the whipped cream over the pumpkin cheesecake or spread with a knife. When you are ready to serve the Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake, cut each slice, drizzle the top of the cheesecake with caramel sauce, and then sprinkle over ginger snap crumbs before serving.


Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 5850IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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