Preheat oven to 325 degrees.Grease 9 inch spring form pan or spray with non-stick spray.Combine crust ingredients and line sides and bottom of pan. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar.Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.Gradually add flour and pumpkin pie mix and blend well.Stir in nuts. Pour into crust-lined pan.Bake 1 hour and 45 minutes or until center feels firm when touched. Cool in pan on wire rack.Brush top with maple syrup. Cool completely.
NOTE: To substitute canned pumpkin for pumpkin pie mix, use 1 (1 pound) can pumpkin, increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups, use 5 eggs instead of 3, 1/4 cup flour instead of 2 tablespoons and add 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice.