Inside: Tips for making the best Pecan Pie Cheesecake (+ recipe).
I love trying out new recipes, and this Pecan Pie Cheesecake definitely did not disappoint. This recipe is the perfect treat for upcoming holiday parties and pot-luck get-togethers. Both pecan pie and cheesecake are a classic and delicious dessert, but when you combine them together you have the PERFECT dessert.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe
This sweet recipe is the perfect collaboration of two of my favorite desserts.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake
FOR THE CHEESECAKE
3 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened
1 c. packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 c. sour cream
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
FOR THE CRUST
1 sleeve graham crackers, finely crushed
5 tbsp. melted butter
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
pinch of salt
FOR THE PECAN PIE TOPPING
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. heavy cream
1 3/4 c. whole or chopped pecans
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 325º and grease an 8" or 9" springform pan with cooking spray. Make cheesecake filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment), beat cream cheese and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, then sour cream, flour, vanilla, and salt.
Make the crust: In a large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt. Press mixture into prepared pan.
Pour filling over crust. Wrap the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil and place it on a baking sheet. (If you want to bake the cheesecake in a water bath, wrap the bottom of pan and place in a deep baking pan. Pour in enough boiling water to come up halfway in the baking pan.) Bake until the center of cheesecake only slightly jiggles, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Turn off heat, prop open oven door, and let cheesecake cool in the oven, 1 hour, then remove aluminum foil and refrigerate cheesecake in the pan until firm, at least 5 hours and up to overnight.
Before serving, make pecan pie topping: In a nonstick skillet over low heat, melt butter and brown sugar until bubbly (keep the heat low to avoid burning the butter). Stir in cinnamon, heavy cream, pecans, and salt until completely coated, then remove from heat and let cool and slightly thicken. (You can make the topping up to an hour in advance and keep at room temperature; don't refrigerate as the butter will solidify.)
Release springform pan from cheesecake and spoon over cooled pecan pie topping. Serve.
Tips for Making a Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Here are a few times for making the perfect pecan pie cheesecake recipe.
- Instead of graham crackers, you can also use gingersnap cookies. They are a crunchier cookie, making your crust have a little more crunch!
- To make ground pecans pulse them in a food processor until they resemble crumbs, they don’t need to be super fine.
- Pressing the crust up the sides makes it easier to remove the cheesecake from the pan and keeps the cheesecake filling contained during baking.
- For the best result, the cream cheese and the eggs need to be at room temperature otherwise the cheesecake will take longer to bake.
- To slice the perfect slice of cheesecake make sure you have chilled it all the way through.
More Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipes
Gluten-Free: This gluten-free pecan cheesecake is a perfect option for all those with a gluten allergy. There is no reason they should miss out on a delicious dessert.
Instapot Cheesecake: The creamiest low carb pecan pie cheesecake EVER! This divide keto dessert cooks up in an Instant Pot and takes a fraction of the time of conventional cheesecake.
Mini Pecan Cheesecakes: These little mini cheesecakes are the perfect little treat to satisfy that nagging sweet tooth. Plus they are Gluten Free.
Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake: Add a fun twist to your cheesecake with a pumpkin twist! Talk about two delicious worlds colliding.
Caramel Twist: Add a sweet twist with this delicious pecan caramel drizzle.
Cheesecake Bars: These pecan cheesecake bars are a perfect mix of a traditional pecan pie with a cheesecake punch. So yummy!
PS. For more cheesecake recipes check out this Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake or this Sweet Lemon Cheesecake. And make all your holiday pies extra amazing with these fun pie toppers.