Make your holiday parties extra delicious with this pumpkin pie cheesecake topped with a chocolate-stout ganache swirl.
pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate-stout ganache swirl

Time flies when you’re sipping beer and putting back chocolate bars like it ain’t no thang.

Then you wake up a month later and your skinny jeans don’t fit even though you’ve run, like, five bajillion miles over the past 30 days.


Worth it.

And really, c’est la vie because there is cheesecake to be eaten!

Cheesecake that is chock full of all things autumnal. With a chocolate-stout ganache swirl.

For good measure.


And who are we to stand in the way of all that?


On a slightly more serious note, I seriously cannot believe this month of beer and chocolate is over! But I can honestly say that I loved every second of it, and it was really all thanks to the support of Divine Chocolate.  You can find Divine Chocolate in your local Whole Foods and, if you’re lucky, your local grocery store (I can usually find it in mine!). For more information about Divine Chocolate, visit They also have lots of fun competitions and great deals going on ALL THE TIME. To find out more and stay up-to-date on all the Divine goings-on, sign up for the Divine Newsletter here:

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate-Stout Ganache Swirl {#DivineInNYC}
Make your holiday parties extra delicious with this pumpkin pie cheesecake topped with a chocolate-stout ganache swirl.
Yield: 1 10-inch cheesecake
For the ginger crust
  • 2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
For the pumpkin filling
  • 3 (8 oz) packages of lowfat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin puree
  • 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
For the chocolate-stout ganache
  • 10 oz bittersweet baking bar (70%)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup stout
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 10-inch springform pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the gingersnap crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Spread out in an even layer on the springform pan and press into the bottom. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese. Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Add in the sugar and beat for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, 30 seconds each, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  5. Mix in the vanilla, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Pour the filling into the springform pan and smooth with an offset spatula.
  6. Pour the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the heavy cream and stout to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for a few minutes. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour the ganache over the top of the cheesecake in a concentric circle. Use a knife to draw lines from the outside through the center to make the spiderweb-like design.
  8. Place springform pan on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes. Put a wooden spoon in the door of the oven to hold it slightly ajar and turn the oven off. Let sit for 60 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
Cheesecake adapted from The Pastry Queen. Ganache adapted from The Beeroness
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice


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70 Responses to Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate-Stout Ganache Swirl {#DivineInNYC}

  1. That cheesecake looks so freaking good, I’m almost crying that I didn’t get a slice!

  2. You need to go into the cheesecake making business. Forget all that medical stuff, and make cheesecakes. Then send me some.

  3. bellini says:

    I love the beautiful swirl on top Joanne.

  4. Um, YES? I’ve loved your month of beer and chocolate — I’m pretty sad to see it end, but I think you’ve saved the best recipe for last!

  5. Simply Life says:

    wow, that swirl on top is perfection! this belongs in an upscale restaurant (and in my belly) 🙂

  6. NBD this is perfect! Everyone talks about weight-gain during the holidays i.e. christmas when they are obviously forgetting the best holiday of the year, Halloween!

  7. Kristi says:

    This looks so good! I don’t know if I’ve ever made a cheesecake, but I think that is something I’m going to have to change very soon.

  8. Barbara says:

    Wow…that looks fabulous! Photo perfect and I bet it’s delicious. I even have some stout. 🙂
    I’ve seen that chocolate at Whole Foods, but have never bought any…will click on over and see about the giveaway.

  9. Zainab says:

    This cheesecake looks just freaking amazing!!! I am in love with the swirl top. I wish I could get divine chocolate in my grocery stores. I really like this series.

  10. This looks insanely delicious! I love the idea of using the stout – really perfect for fall!

  11. Julie says:

    Beautiful! What great flavors and i love the addition of the ganache! Happy Halloween.

  12. Woweee! This looks incredible in every way. I’m a fan of just about anything beer and chocolate – but this one is way at the top of my list, for sure!

  13. I’m loving this chocolate kick on your blog! Amazing! I love cheesecake and this just looks like the most delicious slice ever.

  14. May I have another slice, please. (Indulging in a bit of food fantasy here, sorry.) Wow, this pumpkin cheesecake looks INCREDIBLE, Joanne!!

  15. Monica says:

    Love the swirl on top of this luscious cheesecake. I’m all for anything with the word “ganache” in it!

  16. Abby says:

    I almost lost my tea over the worth it part. So funny. This combo sounds amazing…beer pumpkin chocolate = perfection.

  17. Ohhhhhhh my you have outdone yourself Joanne this is BEAUTIFUL! Drop dead gorgeous cake and with stout and chocolate, I am soooooo there with you! MmmmmM!

  18. The hell with skinny jeans… I’m all about the beer and cheesecake! This looks phenomenal, joanne!

  19. danielle says:

    Oh my goodness – seriously! And yes please 🙂

  20. gloria says:

    look absolutely amazing Joanne!!!

  21. Love that the top looks like a spider web

  22. Gorgeous dessert! I love that you incorporated beer!

  23. that is stunning!
    wow, you got those swirls just right.
    i’m a little jealous, but I’ll get over it.

  24. Pumpkin cheesecake is much more important that skinny jeans, always =)

  25. Pam says:

    Oh my – it is absolutely swoon worthy!

  26. I need this cheesecake and its amazing chocolatey swirls in my life. Looks divine! (hah!)

  27. Kate says:

    I haven’t had cheesecake in so long!

  28. Oh cheesecake, how I love thee. Even more when there’s pumpkin and chocolate involved!

  29. Perfection in a cake! Delightful! Magical! Beautiful. Ok every great word I can think of, I just want this.

  30. Beth says:

    What a beautiful dessert! Definitely worth a tradeoff for the skinny jeans.

  31. Sues says:

    Halloween perfection! I don’t even care if my pants don’t fit anymore. I’ll worry about that in January 🙂

  32. Such a beautiful cheesecake! I am not a marathon runner, but I exercise a ton, seriously a ton, and I have to watch what I eat so closely. It’s not fair!

  33. Karen says:

    This would be a perfect thing to take to a Halloween party… the colors are perfect and the top looks like a spider web!

  34. Colleen says:

    Yea, this cheesecake looks totally worth it!

  35. Looks definitely worth the calorie! Yum!

  36. I haven’t had cheesecake in WAY too long. This looks so good, Joanne!

  37. yum! so gorgeous – the design. Wish you took a picture of how you actually did it.. would have loved to see those pics. Love pumpkin cheesecake, I’m going pumpkin crazy, glad Fall isn’t over yet. 😉

  38. @700words says:

    This looks fabulous, perfectly halloweeny (made up word?), and I decided long ago that skinny jeans are overrated.

    Am frustrated that my month of no laptop coincided with your month of beer and chocolate. I may have to lose a few hours reviewing all the posts. Though it may make me want to consume a months worth of beer and chocolate immediately. Good job about the skinny jeans being overrated.

  39. Victoria says:

    This cheesecake is ridiculous! Between the pumpkin and the chocoalte-stout ganache, it’s not only the perfect treat for Halloween, but it’s a must for any autumn sweet craving. Looks fab!

  40. This cheesecake looks so deep and creamy and perfect! I’ve been loving all the chocolate and beer you’ve been working into recipes lately too!

  41. Megan says:

    So autumnal! That swirl is gorgeous!

  42. Beautiful! Pumpkin and chocolate two of my favorite flavors.

  43. patsy says:

    Now, that is a cheesecake that would make anyone swoon on Thanksgiving! Who needs pie when you can indulge in this amazing dessert!

  44. Tahnycooks says:

    Seriously, it is frustrating when you work out all the time and the tiny clothes we desire to fit in don’t fit comfortably! Oh well!

    This cheesecake looks totally worth it! Beautiful swirling job!

  45. Hannah says:

    Screw skinny jeans. I don’t care about fitted pants for the rest of winter; it’s all elastic bands from here on out. I just need my creamy, sweet comfort, and I need it now. This thing would be history if it was in my kitchen.

  46. Serena says:

    I would say chocolate + beer is always #worthit…. I did a pairing a couple years ago. Cant wait to relive the experience with this amazing cheesecake!

  47. Lynn says:

    This looks amazing. Must try!

  48. Tracey says:

    You have no idea how much I wish I’d been in your kitchen when this cheesecake emerged from the oven. I would have helped you and the boy devour it in record time! So much goodness going on, seriously!

  49. Totally worth the tighter jeans! The ganache swirl is so pretty, but not too pretty that it’ll stop me from devouring it.

  50. Veronica says:

    This sounds phenomenal. And bonus with that swirl design on top? Perfect for Halloween if you put a plastic spider on it – looks just like a web!

  51. What a gorgeous cheesecake! Chocolate and stout will always get my attention. Looks delish Joanne!

  52. As if I needed another excuse for pumpkin cheesecake! And yet, I have a brilliant one now 😀

  53. I am scared to get on the scale and I think just looking at this cheesecake has made me put on weight!

  54. Katerina says:

    It looks so beautlful and no doubt bursting with flavors! I definitely would devour it!

  55. Love the gingersnap cookie crust! Can’t go wrong for sure. 🙂

  56. debbie says:

    This looks soooo good that I just cannot handle it!!!! LOL!

  57. I absolutely love everything about this cheesecake. I’m terrible at making cheesecake, usually because of the awful cracks that develop on top, but with this chocolate swirl, I bet it would hid that perfectly! 😀

  58. I cannot create such lovely swirls like you! I’m a cheesecake fan, I always look for vegan cheesecakes whilst traveling 🙂 it excites me!

  59. Oh la la ! Wonderful cheesecake, we just made one ourselves and didn’t get to post it yet. BUT this one looks exquisite!! Bravo!! And, who cares about the skinny jeans, we ‘ll diet shortly after the holidays like every year -right ?

  60. Reeni says:

    What a gorgeous cheesecake! Love the ginger crust paired with pumpkin! Delectable. I just started my holiday diet to lose 10 pounds fast so I can gain 10 pounds – fast – on the Christmas cookie diet. It’s a vicious cycle.

  61. This is making me wish it was autumn again, instead of coming into spring. But given how cold and rainy today was, I think it’s still going to be appropriate!

  62. Hello gorgeous cheesecake! Oh my goodness I need this asap. It looks so pretty and delicious. 🙂

  63. grace says:

    this is great, joanne. i can only really tolerate pumpkin if there’s a competing flavor, and chocolate is one heck of a competing flavor. 🙂

  64. Shannon says:

    i didn’t even think you drank beer! this looks like a great way to satisfy my pumpkin craving 🙂

  65. cquek says:

    It was a definitely a delicious cake i love to have 2 slices

  66. What an insanely mouthwatering (and beautiful) cake! I wish I had had a Halloween party to go to, just as an excuse to make this!

  67. Ashley says:

    This is an absolutely STUNNING cheesecake! So glad you got to play with all this beer and chocolate 🙂

  68. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Wow, this cheesecake is gorgeous! Such fantastic flavors 🙂 I can’t wait to have a taste!

  69. This cheesecake is incredible. I want this for Thanksgiving.

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