Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 13 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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.

Best Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake

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:


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


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

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 to make the best 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 for Pecan Pie Filling:

  • 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.

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) a small offset spatula or spoon 2) hot water 3) a 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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Transfer to the fridge for 6 hours or better overnight.


  • 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.


  • 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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5 from 13 reviews

Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake

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

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



Pecan Pie Filling:

Pumpkin Layer:

Pecan Caramel Topping:

Whipped Cream:



Pecan Pie Filling:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Layer:


Pecan Caramel Layer:

Whipped Cream:

Nutrition information

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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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!


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 :)


Angel Blake

Can you use a 9" springform pan?


May be a bit too small



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!!!!!!



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!


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!



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


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



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


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


Cindy Roach

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


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


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!!



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?


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.



I was able to make this last year for thanksgiving and all the flavors were spot on and the crust and pecan pie part were great as well. The one down fall was the cheesecake part though. When I cook regular cheesecake it comes out more firm and creamy and the cheesecake layer in this was more soft ...almost like ice cream just beginning to melt. I'm a super amateur baker so if any one has any hints on how to make the cheesecake part more firm I would be greatly appreciated as I want to make this again! Unsure if it has to bake longer maybe?


try baking it for a few minutes longer, that should make it firmer. Thanks



It worked for me actually, just makes a taller cheesecake!



If I want to use a 9" pan how should the recipe be adjusted?


You minght just havee to bake it 10 minutes longer.


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Comparing your recipe to another Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe it necessary to bake the pecan pie filling for 20min? Someone else said that pecan pie filling got very hard. Also I will be using a 9" springform pan and no water bath. At 350F, is 60 minute bake time sufficient? I have never used a water bath before when making cheesecake. What is the reason?


The water bath usually is needed to avoid cracks in the cheesecake and too cook it uniformly.


Grace Kawaguchi

Compared your recipe to post mentioned pecan filling came out you have to bake for 20min before doing pumpkin cheesecake layer? And if using a 9" springform pan, is 60min bake time sufficient? What is the reason for water bath?


I usually bake it for 15-20 mins before adding the pumpkin filling, and if you use a 9inch pan you may have to bake the cheesecake 10-15 minutes longer. Make sure the center is settled.



Made this dessert and it was delicious. Baked pecan pie layer for 15min. Cheesecake turned out perfectly. Caramel layer tasted great also but hard to slice. I've made caramel topping for cheesecake before but I add water. Any suggestions for making that layer creamier?


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