One of my favorite ice cream flavors is rich and buttery butter pecan . . . I can imagine a cheesecake with that awesome flavor!
This cheesecake, which comes from Taste of Home, is a strong contender for our holiday dessert table this year. We just might make it before the holidays!
Let me know if you try it out!
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Combine the cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar and butter in a large bowl.
Set aside 1/3 cup for topping.
Press remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
Place springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil and securely wrap foil around pan.
Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth in a large bowl.
Beat in the sour cream, vanilla and butter flavoring.
Add eggs, beating on low speed until combined. Fold in pecans.
Pour into crust and sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan (I've never done this step when making cheesecake).
Bake at 325° for 70-80 minutes or until center is almost set.
Remove springform pan from water bath.
Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer.
Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Butter Pecan Cheesecake in Country Woman October/November 2011, p32