Pecan Pie Cheesecake has a layer of rich and creamy New York cheesecake, sandwiched between two thick layers of pecan pie filling.

Cheesecakes are one of our favorite desserts to make and eat. In my opinion, once you master the baking of a cheesecake, there is no turning back! You will see how easy they are to make, if you follow my tips from this New York Cheesecake Recipe.

This Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the latest addition to my holiday collection, next to mega popular Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake and Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake. Another favorite, especially during the holidays, are these soft like a cloud, Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe

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Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Best Pecan Pie Cheesecake combines two of my all time favorite desserts: pecan pie and New York cheesecake. This recipe is really fairly simple to make, you just have to plan in advance as there is a lot of chilling in between. If you are patient, you will end up tasting one of the most rich, creamy and flavorful desserts.

I am a huge fan of how this turned out, the chewiness and crunchiness of the pecan pie filling works amazing with the creaminess and tanginess of the New York cheesecake. If you don’t have time to make the bottom and top pecan pie filling layer, you can make the bottom one only, by using all the pecan pie filling. You will see, if you make this for your next gathering, people will line up to ask you the recipe.

With the Pecan Pie topping you don’t have to worry about cheesecake cracks, as it covers everything perfectly so you can have a stress free baking session.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe

What do you need to make Pecan Pie Cheesecake

FOR THE CHEESECAKE CRUST YOU WILL NEED:

  • Graham crackers crumbs
  • Pecans
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • 10 1/2 inch springform pan

FOR THE NEW YORK CHEESECAKE LAYER YOU WILL NEED:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla extract

How do you make homemade Pecan Pie Filling?

Homemade pecan pie filling is very easy to make and tastes so much better than the canned version. To make the Pecan pie layer, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups roasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup dark corn syrup or dark maple syrup
  • 1 cup cream, lukewarm
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

Directions:

  • First, mix brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Then, add the mixture to a sauce pan over low-medium heat.
  • Next, whisk in egg yolks, dark corn syrup and cream. Stir and simmer.
  • Remove from heat, stir in cold butter until fully dissolved.
  • Lastly, fold in chopped roasted pecans.

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If you decide to only make the bottom layer of pecan pie filling, add the whole mixture to the prepared crust, bake and chill. Now, since the cheesecake layer, will be the top layer, preferably bake the cheesecake using a water bath to avoid cracks. In case your cheesecake cracks, here are some great tips on How to Fix a Cracked Cheesecake.

How to bake the Pecan Pie Cheesecake in a water bath:

  • First, wrap the outside of the springform pan in a double layer of foil, covering the bottom and sides of the pan, you need to cover the sides only from outside. This is done to prevent the cheesecake from water leaking in. If using a baking pan for the springform for the cheesecake, you can skip this step.
  • Set the prepared pan in a large roasting pan that is deep enough to add water to it. Then, pour HOT water into the roasting pan, about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan.
  • Next, transfer to a pre-heated oven and bake, until the center jiggles slightly like Jell-O and the sides are puffed and a light golden brown. The residual heat will cook the center of the cheesecake. If the cheesecake doesn’t wobble a bit in the center, it means it has been over-baked, and most likely will crack.
  • Lastly, cool the cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly cracked for one hour. After which transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Transfer to the fridge for 6 hours or better overnight.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe

HOW TO SLICE THE PECAN PIE CHEESECAKE

  • First, run a long, sharp thin-bladed slicing knife under hot tap water or dip it into a glass of hot water prior to slicing the cheesecake.
  • Then, wipe the knife clean and run it it under hot water before making another cut, because cheesecake bites will stick to it.
  • An easy, mess free way to cut even slices is to use cheese wire or unflavored dental floss. This method can be easily used on cheesecakes baked in a springform pan. Clean the bits that stuck to the wire/floss before every cut.

HOW TO FREEZE THE PECAN PIE CHEESECAKE

  • You can freeze the cheesecake BEFORE you top it with whipped cream or just remove the whipped cream.
  • First, make sure the cheesecake has fully cooled and also was refrigerated for at least 6 hours.
  • Then, wrap cheesecake bars tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 2 to 3 months.
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Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan Pie Cheesecake has a layer of rich and creamy New York cheesecake, sandwiched between two thick layers of pecan pie filling.

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans ground
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter melted
Pecan Pie Filling:
  • 3 cups pecans roasted and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 egg yolks room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup dark corn syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream lukewarm
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and diced
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or bourbon
Cheesecake Layer:
  • 3 packages 8 oz each cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream room temperature
Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream cold
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar

Instructions

Crust:
  1. Lightly coat a 10 1/2 inch springform pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Add the "Crust" ingredients to a large bowl and stir until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a measuring cup, press the crust and try to line the sides about 2 inches up the pan edges.
  4. Refrigerate or best freeze for at least 20 minutes.
Pecan Pie Filling:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Adjust the top rack to be positioned in the middle of the oven.
  3. If not using canned pecan pie filling, follow the below instructions to make your own.
  4. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, cornstarch and salt, whisk to combine.
  5. Place a sauce pan over low medium heat, add the sugar mixture to it.
  6. Whisk in the egg yolks, dark corn syrup or maple syrup and cream, until smooth. Stir continuously and bring to a simmer.
  7. Reduce heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens like a pudding, 5-10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  8. Remove from heat. Stir in cold diced butter until fully melted.
  9. Fold in roasted, chopped pecans and vanilla extract or bourbon.
  10. Transfer HALF of the mixture to the prepared graham crust. Set aside the other half.
  11. Cover pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, discard foil cover and let it cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Once cooled, transfer to the fridge for about 20-30 minutes for the mixture to settle.
New York Cheesecake Layer:
  1. Adjust the top rack to be positioned in the middle of the oven.
  2. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy on medium-low speed.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients from the "Cheesecake Layer" list and continue beating until well combined and creamy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  5. Remove springform pan from the fridge and pour the cheesecake batter mixture on top of the pecan pie filling. Level the top with a spatula.
  6. Transfer to the freezer for about one hour, until the cheesecake layer is hard enough to pour the pecan pie filling on top of it.
Top Pecan Pie Layer:
  1. Once the cheesecake layer has settled, remove from the freezer and add the remaining pecan pie filling on top of it.
  2. Level the top with a spatula.
Bake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Read the post for "water bath" tips if you want to bake the cheesecake using a "water bath". This should be done if you decide to use the whole pecan pie filling for the bottom layer.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven at 350F for 30 minutes, reduce heat to 325F and bake for another 30 minutes.
  4. Turn oven off and prop open oven door and leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven for one hour.
  5. Transfer cheesecake to a wire rack to cool completely, after which transfer to the fridge for at least six hours or better overnight.
Whipped Cream:
  1. Add cream and sugar to a large bowl.
  2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whisk on slow - medium speed, gradually increasing to high speed. Mix until soft peaks form and the whipped cream holds its shape.
  3. Add the whipped cream to a pastry bag, fitted with a star piping tip and pipe it onto cheesecake right before serving.
Calories: 724, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 147mg, Sodium: 275mg, Potassium: 362mg, Carbohydrates: 91g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 73g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 13.9%, Vitamin C: 0.5%, Calcium: 18.6%, Iron: 10%

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