Marbled Pumpkin Ginger Tart

PUMPKIN PIE  is a part of our Thanksgiving tradition that will never change.  Not serving pumpkin pie would be in the same category as not serving turkey…gasp! I am, however, thinking that I could be a little more creative about it and serve a pumpkin pie that is a  little fancier than the old Libby standby.  Don’t get me wrong…we love Libby’s but a little change now and then is good for everybody. I spent a few hours net surfing over the weekend and found this pumpkin recipe at Eats Well With Others  and it didn’t require a degree in rocket science to know that this might be the “one” I was looking for.  I had some gingersnaps in the cupboard and their flavor when combined with graham crackers complimented the spicy pumpkin filling perfectly.

I love a good crumb crust and combining ginger snaps and graham crackers produced great flavor
and texture for the pumpkin and cream cheese filling

If you have problems pressing the crumb mixture into your tart pan
try using a flat bottomed measuring cup or glass.

It compacts the crumbs and helps make a nice edge.

Here we are…all ready to bake.
I had visions of a beautiful marbled top on my tart
but it sort of got away from me and this is what I ended up with.
I think the willy-nilly design actually enhanced the flavor

5.0 from 4 reviews
Marbled Pumpkin Ginger Tart
  • CRUST:
  • 4 ounces (115g) ginger cookies
  • 3 ounces (85g) graham crackers (about 5-1/2 sheets)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 ounces (115g) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons (40g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1-1/4 cups (300g) pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. To make the crust, finely grind the ginger cookies and graham crackers in a food processor. Add the melted butter and process until the cookie mixture is moistened. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. For the cheesecake batter: mix together the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  3. For the pumpkin batter: beat the egg and the egg white lightly in a large bowl. Whisk in the pumpkin, sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Gradually whisk in the cream.
  4. To assemble the tart: pour the pumpkin batter into the crust. Dollop the cheesecake batter over the pumpkin batter, then marble the two together with a knife. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool the tart on a rack and then refrigerate. Can be made a day ahead.
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I know this delicious tart will get lots of “oh’s and ah’s from everybody at the table.
Sometimes breaking tradition…if only a little bit…can be a good thing
and this is one of those times.
I thought the flavors were even better the second day
so this is on my Wednesday’s list of things to do next week.
A spoonful of whipped cream would be a festive addition although the tart is plenty rich without it. 


  1. Foodiewife says

    I love breaking tradition, and this is one beautiful cheesecake/tart. Love the marbeling effect. Sorry I haven’t been around to comment, but please know that I’m opening up every email I get, when you post a new recipe. I can’t believe we are less than two week away from Thanksgiving. Yikes!

  2. elifla says

    My first “” with a Thanksgiving Day was in New York many years ago, and pumkin pie was “love at the first sight and then at the first bite ” , here in Italy we don’t have unfortunately any Thanksgiving, but this year some American friends of my invited me and hubby on 22nd Nov….and guess what? I’m going to prepare a pumpkin pie, but I want to bake a homemade crust and even the pumpkin for purè!!
    Anyway I’m going to try even your recipe, xoxox , Flavia

    P.S. of course a big turkey will be on the table 😀

  3. elifla says

    My first “” with a Thanksgiving Day was in New York many years ago, and pumkin pie was “love at the first sight and then at the first bite ” , here in Italy we don’t have unfortunately any Thanksgiving, but this year some American friends of my invited me and hubby on 22nd Nov….and guess what? I’m going to prepare a pumpkin pie, but I want to bake a homemade crust and even the pumpkin for purè!!
    Anyway I’m going to try even your recipe, xoxox , Flavia

    P.S. of course a big turkey will be on the table 😀

  4. Jacqueline says

    I am not a pumpkin pie fan, but this is something I would definitely eat from the menu. I have to Pin it! I love the beautiful look of it with the swirls and the tart pan. Yum. I might even have to serve it Sunday just to get an early try on it!
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  5. Eileen says

    Wow, this looks delicious. I’ve pinned it so I won’t lose the recipe. I’d really like to try this.
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  6. Sue/the view from great island says

    I agree, the old stand by pumpkin pie could use a nudge now and again, and this looks so pretty with the marbling, it’s now on my next Wednesday’s list as well, thanks!

  7. Pam says

    That would be a hit here. I prepared an early Thanksgiving dinner Saturday and wish I had seen this. But, it will be perfect for the next one on Thanksgiving Day!
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  8. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen says

    This is a work of art Cathy. Here’s to breaking tradition!
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  9. Linda says

    Divine? That scarcely sounds like a good enough word to describe this sensational looking tart. I love the idea of ginger with the pumpkin.
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  10. Penny says

    It is absolutely beautiful. I may just make this in addition to the traditional pumpkin pie. It is a winner Cathy
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  11. Susan says

    I thought it looked delicious when I saw it on Joanne’s blog also and so glad to get another good review of it. It sounds like a winner, Cathy!
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  12. Kathleen says

    It looks wonderful and sounds delicious! I have some gingersnaps in the pantry. I will give it a try!
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  13. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says

    Very pretty Cathy! I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake equally well! Enjoy your Thanksgiving preparations:@)

  14. The Café Sucré Farine says

    I would call that cut piece in the first picture “a slice of heaven”! Wow, Cathy this looks fantastic. I’m in charge of dessert this year, I think I know one thing I’ll be making! :)
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  15. Angie@Angie's Recipes says

    This is one perfect tart! Ginger cookie crust looks fabulous!
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  16. ciaochowlinda says

    I love the idea of the gingersnap crust. I think this will be on my Thanksgiving table, but I’ll still have to make a traditional pumpkin pie for my dad, who doesn’t like cheesecake of any kind.
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  17. Pat says

    Of course I had to pin this to my Thanksgiving Pinterest board, Cathy! It looks scrumptious!
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  18. Roz says

    Awesome for this season, Cathy! If I don’t get around to visiting you in the next week, please know that I wish you and your loved ones a most Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season!

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  19. Karen (Back Road Journal) says

    Combining the flavors of cheesecake and pumpkin pie would make everyone at the table happy.
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  20. Marie says

    Gorgeous, my family would love this, plus a pumpkin pie! Happy Thanksgiving Cathy!
    BTW, I love my hazelnuts and the flour, I’ll be baking cookies right after Thanksgiving.
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  21. Red Nomad OZ says

    That even looks good down here in the non-pumpkin-pie-eating Antipodes!!!
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  22. Lynda says

    That’s a beautiful tart Cathy and delicious I’m sure. I always make the Libbys pie too for Thanksgiving, and would like to change things up a bit. Your tart looks like a winner to me!
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  23. JG says

    The combo of ginger cookies and graham crackers must make a delicious crust. Yum! I’d like a little whipped cream on my slice!
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  24. A Couple in the Kitchen says

    Wow – that is beautiful! If only our family would allow us to break tradition without complaining. It will be plain ole’ apple pie for us next week. Maybe we will make this for ourselves and eat it in secret!
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  25. Erin @ Making Memories says

    Beautiful! And it was amazing! Thanks for sharing. If Pumpkin Pie tasted like this I would actually eat it =o) This is way better!
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  26. Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) says

    What a beautiful dessert! I agree, Pumpkin Pie is a must but it doesn’t hurt to have another treat on the table. Have a great Thanksgiving Cathy…hugs.
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  27. Liz says

    I was just visiting Erin and thinking that I was overdue to stop by here! Then I saw that you had commented on my blog on Friday and I knew it was a sign you had something spectacular that I HAD to see! Yup, I was right on the money…this is one fantastic tart. If Bill would let me skip the Libby’s, this would be on our Thanksgiving table. But it will just have to wait till another time. Pinning so this old brain won’t forget 😉

  28. Velva says

    I was just having a conversation about jazzing up a few traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Your post inspired me. This look delicious. I have a potato dish that I was thinking about….I think I will do it.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


  29. Jamie says

    I love breaking tradition… or doing both! This cheesecake is a wower and would definitely have people lining up for a slice!
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