Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel

  • Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel
  • Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel
  • Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel
  • Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel
Posted on October 10, 2014

It’s October so let the pumpkin recipes begin!

I know, I know. I’m a little late to the game. Everyone else started baking with pumpkin in August (um, no friggin way). But honestly, I’m not THAT into pumpkin. It’s good. But it doesn’t really get my motor running the way some other foods do (like chocolate).

Side note: I have never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte in my life. Can you believe that?


It wouldn’t be fall without a few pumpkin recipes, so here I go. I realized it’s been a while since I’ve made cheesecake, so pumpkin cheesecakes seemed like the perfect way to start off my pumpkin baking season. I love to make individual sized cheesecakes because they are adorable and perfectly portion controlled (always a good thing). I topped them off with a little bourbon whipped cream and salted caramel sauce because that’s how I roll over here at Floating Kitchen! The recipe for the salted caramel sauce is the one from David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen. I’ve been making it for a while now and it’s hands down the best caramel sauce EVER. Seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever make another recipe.

I was originally planning to use gluten free graham crackers in the crust, but then I spied a box of Annie’s Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bunny Cookies in the grocery store and decided to try them out. And they worked out perfectly in this recipe. If you are gluten intolerant, any type of gluten free graham cracker or spiced cookie would work well for the crust layer. And if you aren’t worried about gluten, you can certainly use regular graham crackers.



Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel

Yield: Makes one dozen

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream and Salted Caramel


  • For the Crust
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups gluten free graham cracker or cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice mix

  • For the Cheesecake
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • For the Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Sea salt

  • For the Bourbon Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Make the crust layer. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker/cookie crumbs and the pumpkin pie spice. Divide the mixture evenly between the lined muffin cups (I used about 1 tablespoon/cup) and press it down firmly into the bottom of the muffin cup. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 7 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. While the crust is baking, make the cheesecake layer. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add the pumpkin, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and salt and beat until everything is well blended and there are no lumps. Divide the cheesecake mixture evenly into the muffin cups over the crust layer, using about 1/4 cup per well. The cups will be very full (that’s OK!). Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 22-25 minutes. The cheesecake will have puffed up slightly and the centers should be almost set. Remove from the oven and set the cheesecakes aside to cool in their muffin tin. Once cooled to room temperature, transfer the cheesecakes to your refrigerator to chill for about 2 hours. The cheesecakes can be made up to 2-3 days in advance.
  4. Make the salted caramel sauce. Spread the sugar in the bottom of a heavy-bottom saucepan. Pour the water over the sugar and swirl the pan gently to moisten the sugar evenly with the water. Heat over medium-high heat. Allow the mixture to cook without stirring. It will bubble quite vigorously. If it’s not cooking evenly, you can gently swirl the pan, but you want to avoid stirring if possible. After 5-8 minutes, the mixture will turn a deep caramel color. Once it gets to this stage, quickly but carefully remove it from the heat. Whisk in the cubed butter. Then gradually whisk in the heavy cream until smooth. Stir in the sea salt, starting with just a pinch and adding more as necessary to suit your taste preferences. Once the sauce has cooled slightly, transfer it to a small container and store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Re-warm slightly before serving.
  5. Make the bourbon whipped cream. Place the bowl of your stand mixer in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill. Remove it from the freezer and immediately add the heavy cream and start beating on medium-high speed with the whisk attachment. As it starts to thicken, add the powdered sugar. Continue to beat until peak forms. Add the bourbon and beat until it’s incorporated.
  6. To serve, top each cheesecake with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.


  • I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte either!! Really not sure why, I just don’t really need it in my life.
    That being said, pumpkin cheesecake plus bourbon whipped cream? You’ve found my soft spot.


    • Thanks, Sarah. I feel like I’m missing out on some serious social culture by not getting on the PSL bandwagon!

  • Drooool. Wow these look so moist and delicious!


    • Thanks, Tori!

  • YES PLEASE, LIZ!!! These look absolutely gorgeous. I am a total pumpkin addict and can’t wait to dive into these–that frosting sounds especially delicious 🙂


    • Thanks, Amy! Dive away!

  • These are so awesome Liz, seriously craving these now!


    • Thanks, Matt!

  • Gluten free graham crackeeeeeer! Ugh that sounds so good! I’ve been on the prowl for GF grahams and a pumpkin-y treat is such a perfect use for them! I don’t feel like you’re missing out on the PSL…especially since you have amazing pumpkin treats like these cheesecakes. SO tasty!


    • Thanks, Julia. The Annie’s cookies worked perfect in this recipe. And maybe I’ll give in some day and try a PSL. I feel like I should at least know what all the fuss is about!

  • Oh my gosh, these look fantastic! Love the caramel sauce and whipped cream together!


    • It’s a pretty unbeatable combination! 🙂

  • I love pumpkin cheesecake, and those GF snickerdoodles sound like a great crust! I love the sound of that bourbon whipped cream, and I’m all over that caramel sauce. Delicious, Liz!


    • Thanks, Marcie! These are the ones I was making the day you posted your mini-cheesecakes a few weeks back. Great minds think alike!

  • Liz, you’re not alone with not ever having a Pumpkin Spice Latte… I’ve never tried one either. 🙂
    This creation is seriously amazing! My most favorite (more so than chocolate!) is caramel… and pumpkin, together! I’m definitely wishing I had this to eat right now!


    • Thanks, Gloria! Glad I’m not the last person on Earth who hasn’t had a PSL! This salted caramel is so good I just eat it straight off the spoon!

  • Ya know….there’s a reallllyyyy simple way to remedy that tragic PSL confession you just made… 😉 But really, these look delicious! A coworker made me a pumpkin cheesecake for my birthday last year and it was soooo good! I need to try yours! Because bourbon, obviously.


    • Thanks, Stephanie! Yeah I should just try one (or make one myself!) and join the madness that this the PSL!! Hope you like the cheesecakes!

  • I’ve also never had a pumpkin spiced latte! It’s just not a thing here in Australia? These sound incredible though and the bourbon whipped cream with salted caramel, ugh! Amazing!


    • Thanks, Jess! If you try the cheesecakes, let me know how you like them!

  • I bet the bourbon whipped cream and salted caramel sauce are incredible! Yum!!! It’s hilarious you actually live in Seattle and haven’t tried a pumpkin spiced latte 🙂


    • I know, right? I feel like I am committing some kind of crime by not having one!

  • These are incredible! That sated caramel sauce is calling out to me…so luscious!


    • I think the caramel sauce might be my favorite part of these little cheesecakes!

  • Love these Liz! I’m not a huge pumpkin person but do enjoy it in certain foods and this I can do, especially that frosting! yum!


    • Thanks, Kayta! They aren’t overly pumpkiny so I think you’ll love ’em!

  • Bourbon whipped cream?? Clearly, you know the way to my heart. (and that caramel sauce is seriously the best!)


    • Thanks, Erin. Bourbon makes everything better!!

  • Liz, love that you waited until October to share this one with us!! love the Annie’s Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bunny Cookies for the crust!! sounds great and these look amazing! and get thee to a Starbucks and try a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s fall. 🙂


    • Thanks, Alice! And I do feel like I am seriously missing out on some pop culture by not having had a PSL. I need to get my butt to Starbucks and just do it!

  • BOURBON!!! And salted caramel? Yummm! These cupcakes look amazing!


    • Thanks, Zainab!

  • These little cheesecakes look delicious, Liz! I especially love the caramel on top. So perfect for this time of year!


    • Thanks, Gayle! Yeah for fall and salted caramel!

  • These look so dang good!! LOVE!


    • Thanks, Katrina!

  • What an amazing recipe to kick off pumpkin season! I LOVE that you added bourbon to the whip, and that caramel sauce looks seriously to die for!!


    • Thanks, Allie! I love the bourbon whipped cream in this recipe!

  • Oh gosh, these look so good! I can’t believe all the great flavors you packed into these. Totally perfect for fall! 🙂


    • Thanks, Beth. They certainly are packed with all kinds of fall goodies!

  • Yum! These look super amazing, especially with the bourbon whipped cream and salted caramel. Need to try these!!


    • Thanks, Rachel. If you try them, let me know how you like them!

  • These cheesecake look fabulous! So good, cannot wait to try them out!


    • Thanks, Jess!

  • Oh gosh!! Yess!! I am drooling. .. This is absolutely fantastic.. the bourbon cream and the salted caramel are just top notch. . Simply amazing!!


    • Thanks, Arpita! It’s all about the toppings! 🙂

  • You had me at bourbon whipped cream! These look insane!


    • Thanks, Amy! The bourbon part is my favorite too! 🙂

  • I’ve also never had a pumpkin spice latte! I’m still crazy for pumpkin-spiced desserts and these sound like little bites of heaven, especially with that salted caramel drizzle.


    • Thanks, Sarah! I think we should all put salted caramel on everything!

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