My family isn’t quite known for having traditional food for the holidays. While we might do a turkey or a ham, the desserts and side dishes are usually pretty random and not quite what everyone else has. We never do a pecan pie. We never have, and unless I make this pecan cheesecake, we never will have anything pecan related, which is too bad because once I had my first slice of pecan pie, I was hooked!
We all know how wonderful a homemade pecan pie can be. It really is one of the best feelings in the world. Then I tried this butter pecan cheesecake, and it has blown me away. I think I might not ever go back to a regular pecan pie.
If you’re looking to mix up your holiday traditions, or if you need a dessert SOON, the check out this recipe on the next page!
Simple to make and absolutely delicious, you won’t want to miss out on this ever popular dessert: Butter Pecan Cheesecake.
Thanks to Jennifer at Bake or Break for this FABULOUS recipe!
FOR THE CRUST:
- 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
FOR THE PECANS:
- 2 cups pecan halves and pieces
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
FOR THE FILLING:
- 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
TO MAKE THE CRUST:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter, and mix with a pastry blender, a fork, or your fingers until thoroughly combined. The mixture will be crumbly but should hold together when pinched.
- Press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.*
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
TO MAKE THE PECANS:
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans, sugar, and salt.
- Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the pecans are toasted and the sugar sticks to them (about 7 or 8 minutes). Set aside to cool.
- If desired, set aside some of the pecans for garnish. (I used about 20 pecan halves for the garnish you see in the above photos.) Once cooled, roughly chop the remaining pecans.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
- Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until thoroughly combined and smooth.
- In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whip the cream until soft peaks form.
- Fold about a third of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Then gently fold in the remaining whipped cream.
- Stir in the chopped pecans.
- Spread the filling evenly in the cooled crust. Garnish as desired. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
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