One of my absolute favorite ice cream flavors turned into the most amazing (and simple!) butter pecan cheesecake. Simply delicious!
A DELICIOUS, CREAMY, BUTTERY CHEESECAKE
One of my favorite ice cream flavors is butter pecan. If you get a really good ice cream that manages to balance out the creaminess of the ice cream with that smooth buttery flavor and crunchy pecans. That is pure heaven right there. So, the other day, when I dug into some Butter Pecan ice cream, I thought, this would probably be an awesome cheesecake flavor. And it was!
TIPS FOR MAKING BUTTER PECAN CHEESECAKE
- Feel free to make your crust from scratch. I have a recipe for it on my Easy Creamy Cheesecake recipe post.
- It’s really important that your cream cheese is at room temperature and not cold. It will not only mix better at room temperature but it won’t be lumpy when you mix it either. I like to just set my cream cheese out on the counter the night before I make the cheesecake but you can actually soften the blocks (completely unwrapped on a microwave-safe plate) by putting them in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds.
- Yes, there really is such a thing as butter extract. You can find it in the baking aisle near the vanilla extract. If you can’t find it, just leave it out.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- store-bought graham cracker crust – you want to look for the one that says “2 Extra Servings” – see my ingredient photo below. If you don’t get this one, you’ll have leftover batter. You can, of course, make a homemade graham cracker crust if you prefer.
- cream cheese – it is super important you let your cheese come to room temperature. If you don’t, the cream cheese will end up lumpy and you can beat if forever and the lumps just won’t come out.
- sour cream – this might seem like an unusual ingredient but you don’t actually taste the sour cream. This just makes it creamy.
- eggs – if time allows, let your eggs come to room temperature.
- butter flavor/extract – If you’ve never used this before, you may think it doesn’t exist but I promise it does. You will find it near where all the other extracts are in the baking aisle. If you can’t find it, just leave it out.
- chopped pecans – it wouldn’t be a butter pecan cheesecake without pecans. I suppose you could use another nut like walnuts or macadamia nuts but I just don’t think you’d get that unique flavor that is butter pecan.
HOW TO MAKE BUTTER PECAN CHEESECAKE:
Preheat oven to 300F. Using a handheld or stand mixer, combine cream cheese with sugar and sour cream until smooth and combined well.
Then mix in beaten eggs along with extracts. If you are using a stand mixer, don’t forget to occasionally scrape down the insides of the bowl so it all gets incorporated well.
Mix for about 4 minutes until thick, smooth and creamy. Then stir in pecans by hand.
Pour prepared mixture into graham cracker crust.
Bake (on middle oven rack) for about 65-70 minutes. Top will be puffy and there should just be a slight jiggle still in the center. Allow cheesecake to chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.
Sprinkle the top with a bit of crushed pecans before serving. It will also cover up some of those cracks that may have appeared during baking. To make it a bit more decadent, try drizzling a little caramel sauce on top!
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Originally published: Feb 2014
Updated & republished: July 2020
Easy Butter Pecan Cheesecake (+Video)
- Preheat oven to 300F. Using a handheld or stand mixer, combine cream cheese with sugar and sour cream until smooth and combined well.
- Then mix in beaten eggs along with extracts. Mix for about 4 minutes until thick, smooth and creamy.
- Then stir in chopped pecans by hand.
- Pour prepared mixture into graham cracker crust.
- Bake (on middle oven rack) for about 65-70 minutes. Top will be puffy and there should just be a slight jiggle still in the center.
- Allow cheesecake to chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.
- Sprinkle the top with a bit of crushed pecans before serving. Drizzle slices with caramel syrup when serving (otional)
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