Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie has a chocolate hazelnut graham cracker crust and a pumpkin cheesecake filling. It’s topped with chocolate ganache and chopped hazelnuts.
Cheesecake. It’s one of the heaviest desserts around, and unfortunately it’s also one of the tastiest.
The end of the year (mainly October, November, and December), is a time to celebrate. And with those celebrations comes a ton of sweet treats.
From Halloween parties, Thanksgiving, and all the gatherings in December, it’s really hard to decline dessert.
Here’s a lighter version of pumpkin cheesecake!
While most pumpkin cheesecakes have at least a pound of cream cheese, this recipe uses a mere 8 ounces of cream cheese and almost of pound of pumpkin puree.
Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin cheesecake is deliciously perfect the way it is.
The creamy pumpkin puree mixed with the tart and tangy cream cheese is such a delicious combination. However, it’s soft.
There isn’t much variety in texture!
In order to add some crunch and excitement, I added ground hazelnuts to the graham cracker crust as well as roughly chopped hazelnuts to top the finished pie.
In my husband’s opinion, this is the quintessential autumn dessert!
I’m sharing this recipe in honor of Sara (Cake Over Steak) and Aimee‘s (Twigg Studios) annual #virtualpumpkinparty.
Check out the links below to see everyone else’s pumpkin recipe!
Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Hazelnut Crust:
- 1 cup ground graham crackers (110 g), graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup ground hazelnuts (50 g)
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (10 g)
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar (12 g)
- 7 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (98 g)
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:
- 8 oz brick-style cream cheese (227 g), room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar (150 g)
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 15 oz can pumpkin puree
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate (170 g) chopped
- 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
- ⅓ cup toasted hazelnuts (50 g) roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
- Crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, ground hazelnuts, cocoa powder, sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom and sides of prepared pie plate. Reverse about 2 tablespoons of crust mixture to use later to top finished pie. Set aside.
- Filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar until combined. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and salt. Continue to mix on low speed until smooth and thoroughly combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake for 50 minutes until the center of the pie is set and no longer jiggles. Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack for an hour until filling has cooled to about room temperature.
- Topping: Place chocolate and cream in a small bowl over a bain-marie. Gently melt chocolate over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Pour melted chocolate over cooled pie. Spread into an even layer. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts and reserved crust mixture on top.
- Chill uncovered in the fridge for one hour until chocolate has set. Place pie in an airtight container (or cover with plastic wrap) and allow to chill for another 2 hours (or overnight) until ready to serve.
Pumpkin Party Links!
Cake Over Steak • Quick Pumpkin and Kale Risotto + Arancini
Twigg Studios • Sausage Stuffing Baked in a Pumpkin
Cloudy Kitchen • Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla German Buttercream
Vegetarian Ventures • Smoky Pumpkin & Black Sesame Hummus
Eat Boutique • Pumpkin Scallion Dumplings
A Little Saffron • Pumpkin Stuffed Shells
Two Red Bowls • Pumpkin & Maple Caramel Baked French Toast
Wallflower Kitchen • Mini Pumpkin & Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Wit & Vinegar • Pumpkin Butterscotch Banana Split
Style Sweet CA • Pumpkin Creme Brulee Cake
Nommable • Pumpkin Biscuits with Mushroom Thyme Gravy
With Food + Love • Cinnamon Raisin Pumpkin Seed Bread
Sevengrams • Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Grain Changer • Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
Girl Versus Dough • Pumpkin Cranberry Flax Crisps
Earthy Feast • Pumpkin Grits + Pumpkin Home Fries + a Fried Egg
Harvest and Honey • Truffled Pumpkin Papardelle Alfredo with Frizzled Sage
Tasty Seasons • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
Broma Bakery • Pumpkin Butter Pop Tarts
Tending the Table • Roasted Pumpkin and Barley Salad
The Sugar Hit • Super Soft Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Delicious Not Gorgeous • Waffles with Spiced Pumpkin Butter and Brown Sugar Walnut Crumble
Taste Love and Nourish • Pumpkin Bread Pudding
The Green Life • Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk & Hazelnut Skillet Cookie (Vegan)
Foolproof Living • Pumpkin Creme Fraiche Pasta with Sage
The Monday Box • Pumpkin Butterscotch Cakes
Design Crush • Pumpkin Bourbon Hot Toddy
The Road to Honey • Pumpkin Pie & Chocolate Layer Cake
My Name is Yeh • Roasted Pumpkin with Yogurt and Hazelnut Dukkah
Give Recipe • Orange Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
Heartbeet Kitchen • Magic Vegan Pumpkin Pie Fudge
Beard and Bonnet • Marbled Pumpkin Muffins
Eat Within Your Means • Vegan Pumpkin Blender Muffins
Snixy Kitchen • Pumpkin Tapioca Pudding with Candied Pumpkin Seeds
Ruby Josephine • Moroccan Sweet Pumpkin + Beef Tagine
An Edible Mosaic • Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding
Hey Modest Marce • Mascarpone Pumpkin Pie
Inspired By the Seasons • Pumpkin Applesauce Smoothie
CaliGirl Cooking • Pumpkin Praline Cinnamon Rolls with Spiked Cream Cheese Glaze
Sally’s Baking Addiction • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Well and Full • Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus
Appeasing a Food Geek • Cheese Fondue Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin
SweetPhi • Pumpkin Chili Biscuit Bake
Warm Vanilla Sugar • Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts
Mademoiselle Poirot • Cinnamon-Pumpkin Mousse on Honey Panna Cotta topped with Hazelnut Brittle
Heart of a Baker • Pumpkin Sticky Buns with Vanilla Bean Frosting
Flourishing Foodie • Massaman Curry with Pumpkin and Chickpeas
Ginger & Toasted Sesame • Pumpkin Jeon
Lindsay Jang • Best Ever DIY Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Fix Feast Flair • Hokkaido Pumpkin + Sage Mac and Gouda
Will Frolic for Food • Pumpkin Kale Patties with Coconut Cilantro Rice
A Couple Cooks • Pumpkin Pecan Baked Steel Cut Oats
Vermilion Red • Pumpkin Pie Souffle
Britnell • Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Displaced Housewife • Brown Butter Pumpkin Donuts
Sweet Gula • Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
La Pêche Fraîche • Pumpkin and Condensed Milk Cakes
Kitchen Konfidence • Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Rosemary Brown Butter Sauce
Loves Food, Loves to Eat • Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Kale & Caramel • Goat Cheese & Sage-Stuffed Pumpkin Challah
Okie Dokie Artichokie • Pumpkin Chorizo Chili with Sweet Potatoes + Pinto Beans
Salted Plains • Easy Pumpkin Bread
Liliahna • Chicken Legs with Pumpkin and Tortellini
TermiNatetor Kitchen • Whole Wheat, Pumpkin & Brown Sugar Brioche
Vermilion Roots • Sweet Rice Dumplings with Pumpkin
Celebrate Creativity • Pumpkin Mini Cheesecake Tarts
Serendipity Bakes • Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake
So Much Yum • Vegan Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts
The Brick Kitchen • Pumpkin, Pecan & White Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Lisli • Pumpkin Pie Cake
Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt • Pumpkin Pie Dip
Fig+Bleu • Pumpkin Granola
The Speckled Palate • Pumpkin Caramel Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies
Floating Kitchen • Chicken and Pumpkin Chili
The Wood and Spoon • Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting
Fork Vs Spoon • Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Lemon & Vanilla • Pumpkin and Coconut Caramel Flan
Dunk & Crumble • Pumpkin Chocolate Icebox Cake
Chicano Eats • Pumpkin Butter Pan de Muerto
On the Plate • Pumpkin Pancakes, Salted Caramel & Pecans
Rough Measures • Cosy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Caffeine and Dairy Free)
Brewing Happiness • Pumpkin Ginger Breakfast Cookies
A Butterful Mind • Pumpkin Cheesecake with Vanilla Whipped Cream
The Little Loaf • Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Fork to Belly • Pumpkin Gnocchi
The Little Epicurean • Chocolate Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie
Bourbon and Honey • Spicy Roasted Pumpkin with Honey and Feta
What to Cook Today • Spicy Pumpkin Noodle Soup
Food by Mars • Pumpkin Pie (Grain-Free, Diary-Free)
The Bojon Gourmet • Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding
Oh Honey Bakes • Pumpkin Cake with Gingersnap Toffee
Long Distance Baking • Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
The Jam Lab • Pumpkin Madeleines Dipped in White Chocolate
The Lemon Apron • Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf with an Olive Oil Glaze
Sun Diego Eats • Thai Pumpkin & Sticky Rice Cakes
A Cozy Kitchen • Pumpkin Chai Scones with Black Tea Glaze
A Cookie Named Desire • Pumpkin Shrubs
Eating Clean Recipes • Vegan Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Kingfield Kitchen • Vegan Fresh Pumpkin Soup
Drink and Cocktail Recipes • Pumpkin Dirty Chai
The Pig & Quill • Pumpkin Sage Cannelloni (Dairy-Free)
My Lavender Blues • Pumpkin, Banana & Olive Oil Bundt Cake
Betty Liu • Pumpkin + Pear Butter Baked Melty Cheese
Happy Hearted Kitchen • Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin with Tahini Yogurt + Hazelnut Dukkah
InHappenstance • Pumpkin Scones with Maple Butter
Live Eat Learn • Pumpkin Gingerbread Hot Cocoa