Pecan Praline Cheesecake is THE cheesecake for pecan lovers. The crust is made from crushed Pecan Sandies cookies and dark brown sugar and pecans that have been toasted in butter give the cheesecake filing that wonderful praline flavor. The filling isn’t overly sweet but with a super sweet praline sauce dripping down the sides, this cheesecake will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
My son adores cheesecakes so I try and make one at least once a month. It’s so much fun to try out different flavors and I find they are perfect for the holidays since they can be made well in advance. Plus, cheesecakes are so rich, you can get a whole lot of mileage out of one cheesecake.
I made this cheesecake to celebrate Challenge Butter’s 12 Days of Holiday Delights.
For this Pecan Praline Cheesecake I’ve used both Challenge cream cheese and butter. They have become the only cream cheese and butter that I use in my kitchen. Challenge Butter is 100% real cream butter made the old-fashioned way with no artificial ingredients. One taste of it and you’ll feel like you’ve tasted butter for the first time. And you won’t find a creamier cream cheese than the one made by Challenge. Delicious holiday desserts are so much easier to make when you start with quality products.
Pecan Praline Cheesecake makes a wonderfully indulgent holiday dessert but it’s also a dessert I think you’ll enjoy all year long. Don’t forget to make it for Mardi Gras!
If you love Southern Pralines, you’ll fall in love with Pecan Praline Cheesecake. Be sure to have a little whipped cream or Cool Whip on hand. Not only does it add a nice decorative touch, I love the way something light and creamy tastes with the dense cheesecake filling.
Pecan Praline Cheesecake
- 2 cups Pecan Sandies cookie crumbs
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 3/4 cups chopped pecans, divided
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine cookie crumbs and 4 tablespoons melted butter in a medium bowl. Mix well and press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Place in refrigerator while you get filling ready. (Note: To make a harder crust instead of a soft crust, bake crust at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Let crust cool before proceeding.)
- Combine pecans and 3 tablespoons melted butter on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350 degree oven until golden, about 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool and set aside ½ cup of pecans for topping.
- Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar, and flour until smooth.
- Beat in eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.
- Beat in vanilla. Stir in the toasted pecans, except for the ones set aside for topping.
- Pour filling over crust and bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes. Turn oven off and open the oven door slightly. Leave cheesecake in the turned off oven for 30 minutes.
- Using a knife, loosen cheesecake from edge of pan and remove the rim. Let cheesecake cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
- To make topping, combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly for 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened some. Stir in reserved pecans. Let cool before drizzling over cheesecake.
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