Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake is the copycat of the famous Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake combined into one amazing dessert, that is perfect for Thanksgiving. 

Pumpkin Recipes are very popular on the blog, check these layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars that have over 6M views on Facebook. Other favorites are this Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake and this Cheesecake Stuffed Pumpkin Bread.
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Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake must be the best dessert that came out of my kitchen. I am on a mission to make all the Cheesecake Factory cakes, and this one is by far my favorite from the menu. Too bad it’s seasonal, but it’s worth every single calorie.

Who said that you have to choose between pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake when you can have the best of both worlds?! This delicious cake is made of a thick layer of pecan pie filling that has been topped with a luxuriously creamy pumpkin cheesecake. To take it over the top, the cake is finished with a pecan caramel layer and whipped cream.

This indulgent dessert is beyond fantastic and while it involves a few steps to make, it is totally worth it. A show stopper and the best way to take your Thanksgiving dessert game to the next level. You should also check my recipe for Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake Copycat Recipe, it has lots of tips on how to make the perfect dessert.

What do you need to make Pumpkin Cheesecake:

FOR THE GRAHAM CRACKERS CRUST YOU WILL NEED:

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

FOR THE PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE LAYER YOU WILL NEED:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream and sour cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Pumpkin spice

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How do you make Pumpkin Spice?

You can make pumpkin spice blend at home pretty easily, here is what you will need:

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions: In a small bowl, mix all the spices together. Transfer to a small jar or spice container.

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:

  • 2 cups roasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup or dark maple syrup
  • ½ cup cream, lukewarm
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

Directions:

  • First, mix brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Then, add the mixture to a saucepan 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.
  • Fold in chopped roasted pecans.

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How to prevent cheesecake cracks?

  • First, make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature and well combined after mixed.
  • Also, adding flour or/and cornstarch to the batter helps prevent cracks.
  • In addition, avoid opening the door oven while baking the cheesecake, because the shift in temperature can cause cracks.
  • Watch the cake closely to avoid over-baking it. When the sides are puffed and the center of the cake is just slightly wobbly, the cheesecake is done.
  • Cooling the cake in the oven, with the door slightly cracked is also very important because the sudden change in temperature can cause cracks.
  • Bake it in a water bath, its one of the most successful techniques to avoid cracks on your cheesecake.

How to fix cheesecake cracks?

  • You will need: 1) small offset spatula or spoon 2) hot water 3) kitchen towel.
  • First, let the cheesecake completely cool and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or per recipe instructions. It needs to be cold to be able to fix the cracks.
  • Next, use the spatula dipped into hot water (or you can use your fingers or a spoon) to gently push and press down in the area of the crack and spread to fill it in until the top is smooth.
  • Clean the spatula with the towel as needed.
  • Once finished, clean the offset spatula with the kitchen towel again, and dip it again into warm water and smooth the top of the cheesecake.
  • Lastly, add a thin layer of sour cream topping if the cracks are small or a layer of whipped cream topping.

How to bake the pumpkin 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 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 it doesn’t wobble a bit in the center, it means it has been over-baked, and most likely will crack.
  • Lastly, cool the cake 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.

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HOW TO SLICE THE PECAN PIE PUMPKIN 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 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 PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE

  • You can freeze the cheesecake BEFORE you top it with the caramel topping and whipped cream. If you already topped it, just remove the whipped cream, before freezing.
  • First, make sure the cake 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 the best quality for about 2 to 3 months.

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Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 14 slices
Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes Total time: 2 hrs

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups  graham cracker crumbs 
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 stick  (1/4 cup) unsalted butter  (melted)

Pecan Pie Filling:

  • 2 cups  pecans  (roasted and chopped)
  • 1 cup  dark brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  cornstarch 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 4  egg yolks  (room temperature)
  • 1 cup  dark corn syrup  (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup  heavy whipping cream  (lukewarm)
  • 4 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (cold and diced)
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 

Pumpkin Layer:

  • 3 packages  8 oz each cream cheese  (room temperature)
  • 1 cup  white granulated sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons  flour 
  • 1 tablespoon  pumpkin spice blend  (see blog post for homemade option)
  • 2  large eggs  (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup  heavy whipping cream  (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup  sour cream  (room temperature)
  • 1 can  (15 oz) pumpkin puree 

Pecan Caramel Topping:

  • 1 cup  white granulated sugar 
  • 6 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (room temperature and cut up into pieces)
  • 1/2 cup  heavy whipping cream  (room temperature)
  • 1 cup  pecans  (roasted and roughly chopped)

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.
  10. Transfer the mixture to the prepared graham crust.
  11. Cover 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.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Layer:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Adjust the top rack to be positioned in the middle of the oven.
  3. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin.
  4. 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.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients from the "Cheesecake Batter" list and continue beating until well combined and creamy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  6. 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.

Bake:

  1. Read the post for "water bath" tips if you want to bake the cheesecake using a "water bath".
  2. Bake in the preheated oven at 350F for 20 minutes, reduce heat to 325F and bake for another 30-40 minutes.
  3. Try not to open the door to the oven. At the 45 minute mark check on the cheesecake if its done. A small area in the center should wobble slightly and the edges should be puffed and light golden brown.
  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 before adding the Pecan Caramel Layer.

Pecan Caramel Layer:

  1. Prepare this layer when ready to add it to the refrigerated cheesecake, as the caramel will harden and it will become impossible to pour it.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt sugar while stirring constantly until a brownish liquid forms. All sugar bits should be fully dissolved.
  3. When sugar has completely melted, add the butter and stir until well combined.
  4. Carefully, while still stirring, add the heavy whipping cream, once all the cream has been added let the mixture boil without stirring for one minute.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in chopped pecans.
  6. Let the mixture cool slightly, pour it on top of the pumpkin cheesecake. Level the top with a spatula. Return to the fridge for 1 hour.

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: 649 Carbohydrates: 91 Protein: 7 Fat: 31 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 114 Sodium: 321 Potassium: 316 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 77 Vitamin A: 5330 Vitamin C: 1.6 Calcium: 144 Iron: 2
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Mahy Elamin

This cheesecake is incredible! Its fantastic! YUM! This looks so delicious! This made me drool. Cannot wait to try this. Thank you for a great recipe!

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Alex Castra

This is just perfect!

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Amanda

Oh my this looks delightful, my family will love this!

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Katerina @ diethood .com

WOW!! Such a fantastic cheesecake!! My family would LOVE this!!

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Allyson Zea

It's like you can see into my soul! Pecan pie plus pumpkin cheesecake?! This is a dream come true!

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Krista

This is a must add to my Thanksgiving menu! Never to early to start planning it out!

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Stacie

Where has this been all my life! It's my three favorite desserts all rolled up into one mega dessert! It's the Voltron of desserts!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I need to try this immediately, it looks so good!

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Liz Mays

Mmm, this dessert looks lovely. I'm definitely in the mood for that pumpkin flavor right about now. This is definitely going to be an option for thanksgiving. The cheesecake tips are helpful too!

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Amy

This looks exactly like the kind of dessert I could go for about now. I love the flavors of cheesecake + pumpkin + pecan!

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Jeni Hawkins

Shut UP! This is AMAZING - it's all of my favorite things about fall, wrapped up into one single dessert. OMG my mouth is DROOLING!

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Reesa Lewandowski

OH MY! what a great pairing of two delicious desserts into 1!

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Rachel

This looks amazing. I am going to have to try to make it for Thanksgiving. I seriously doubt it will look as nice as yours though.

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Jacqui Odell

This looks amazing. I am a huge fan of pecans and cheesecake, so I bet this would be perfect. I will have to try making it this Thanksgiving.

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kristin

Wow, looks amazing. My husband would love this, his 2 favorite pies!

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Angel Blake

Can this recipe be made ahead of time and frozen?

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Yes, it can! BUT preferably do not top it with the caramel topping and whipped cream. Add those after you thaw the cheesecake. I provide instructions in the blog post.

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Jennifer Nieves

Hi! Would it be possible to do the crust and pecan fillin one day, refrigerate and then work on the cheesecake filling the following day? Any guidence is appreciated!

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Hi Jennifer, you can do that! Thats the beauty of this recipe, that it can be done in steps. Follow the instructions to make the crust and the pecan filling and refrigerate. Make the cheesecake filling when ready and bake.

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Natalie

Hi- this is in the oven right now- on the "cool in oven for 1 hour with door propped open" stage. At what point do you remove the outer ring of the spring form pan? I'm thinking the best time would be after the pecan caramel layer has been poured and hardened. I'm going to let it chill in the fridge overnight tonight. What do you think? Thanks!

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Hi Natalie - you are right, after the cheesecake has fully chilled, preferably overnight, them you remove the outer ring. Make sure you run a spatula around the edges before opening and removing the ring. I hope you will enjoy this cheesecake :)

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Angel Blake

Can you use a 9" springform pan?

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May be a bit too small

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Monalisa

I made this 4 times now it’s requested at my church all the time they will even buy all the ingredients just for me to make it.     It’s so rich and yummy.   Thank you for a great recipe.    Oh and just a tip:    Don’t drool on a photo or think your family will love it.  Go make it.  I did and I don’t regret it at all.      It’s wonderful!!!!!!

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Jaci

My husband loves this one. He is abdicated to the Cheesecake Factory one and says this tastes just like it! Thank you for the recipe!

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Hi Jaci, yes this is one rich and amazing cake, if you love pumpkin this is one of the best recipes you can do. Glad you liked it!

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Rhia

How long would I need to bake the pecan pie filling and cheesecake for if i bake them in a cupcake tray?

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about 15mins for the pecan pie filling and 30 mins for the cheesecake layer.

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Rhia

For how long would I need to bake the pecan pie and cheesecakes layers if I use a 1.5 inch mini cake? Thanks.

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Bake the pecan pie layer for 15-20 mins, and about 30 mins for the cheesecake layer.

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Cindy Roach

My pecan pie filling got very hard when trying to cut the pumpkin cheese cake. Please help. What did I do wrong?

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You either added too much sugar or baked it for too long at a higher temperature.

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Kimberly James

I followed the recipe to a T except it was a 9 in pan and it was amazing! But the pecan layer was hard at the crust and the pumpkin was a little soft. Suggestions appreciated as I’m going to be baking again!!

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Michele

If I half the recipe, do you think a 6 inch spring form pan would be good? And if so, how long to bake each component?

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It may be a little too small, you may have some leftover batter, that you can just bake in a small ramekin or muffin tins.

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