Take a taste of the best of both worlds with this Butter Pecan Pie Cheesecake! Crisp graham cracker crust, salted brown sugar cheesecake filling and buttery pecan pie topping come together to create a unique, flavorful Thanksgiving dessert!
32ozcream cheese packagesroom temperature (4 8 oz packages)
1/2cuplight brown sugar
4large eggsroom temperature
1cupsour creamroom temperature
1/4cupall purpose flour
For the Pecan Topping
1 1/2cup pecan halves
1/2cuplight brown sugarpacked
1/2cupheavy whipping cream
For the Crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9 inch springform pan with at least 2 ¾ inch sides or a 10 inch springform pan with non-stick baking spray. Make sure it is properly secured too!
Whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of the springform pan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
For the Cheesecake Filling
In a small saucepan, add butter and melt over medium heat. Once the butter has fully melted, white foamy bubbles will begin to appear over the top of the butter. Watch carefully as the butter’s color changes to brown and the smell of the butter becomes somewhat nutty.
As soon as the butter is an amber brown color, remove from heat and cool in the refrigerator for 20-25 minutes or until it reaches room temperature.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and both sugars until completely smooth. Next add heavy cream and browned butter then add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated.
Next add sour cream, vanilla extract and flour and mix until smooth.
Pour cheesecake filling into baked crust.
For extra insurance against cracks, USE A WATER BATH!
Bake cheesecake for 50-65 minutes then turn the oven off and allow the cake to cool in the oven with the door propped open for 1 hour. If using a water bath, bake a little less time.
Remove cheesecake from the oven and allow it to come to room temperature for an additional 30-60 minutes then store in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
For the Pecan Topping
Preheat the oven to 325°F and spread the pecans on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast them for about 8-10 minutes or until just fragrant.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup and vanilla extract. Cook until bubbly, then stir in the toasted pecans. Cool to room temperature before pouring over the cooled cheesecake.
TIP 1: Start with room temperature ingredients. This will ensure that your cheesecake does not have lumps. And believe me, you don’t want that. TIP 2: For extra insurance against cracks, USE A WATER BATH!