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Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Butter Pecan Cheesecake is filled with buttery, toasty pecans for a dessert that’s completely crave-worthy!

Butter Pecan Cheesecake topped with toasted pecans

It’s not the most interesting choice, but butter pecan is my favorite flavor of ice cream. That’s been the case since I was a child. Truth be told, I’m not likely to pass up any dessert labeled as butter pecan.

A while back I shared with you one of my favorite ways to toast pecans. It involves butter and sugar (and sometimes a bit of cinnamon). With minimal effort, you’ll get a batch of toasty, sweet, caramel-y pecans. They’re perfect for a sweet snack, but I also love to think of ways to use them in baking. (Helloooo, cookies!)

And now I’ve added them to one of my absolute favorite things – cheesecake!

slice of Butter Pecan Cheesecake

The no-bake filling is a simple combination of cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and whipped cream. Perfectly delicious all on its own. But! Then a whole bunch of those buttery, toasty pecans get stirred into the filling to give it a fantastic nutty twist.

I paired that luscious filling with a basic shortbread crust. If you like, try a cookie crust instead. The classic graham cracker crust is always a good choice. Or try a cookie crust made from Pecan Sandies, vanilla wafers, or another of your favorite store-bought cookies.

Butter Pecan Cheesecake

The flavor of this cheesecake is remarkably reminiscent of butter pecan ice cream. If we share a mutual adoration of that wonderful ice cream, then this may very well become your favorite cheesecake. It’s like a wonderful mashup of that ice cream and cheesecake. And I have to say that I am 100% okay with that.

Find more cheesecake recipes in the Recipe Index.

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Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Yield 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes

Buttery toasted pecans add big flavor to this Butter Pecan Cheesecake!

If butter pecan is your favorite ice cream, then this Butter Pecan Cheesecake may very well be your favorite cheesecake! It's filled with buttery, toasty pecans, and it's absolutely fantastic! - Bake or Break

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) 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 (453g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (237ml) heavy cream

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. 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.
  3. Press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.*
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned. Do not overbake, or the crust will become too hard. Set aside to cool.

To make the pecans:

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans, sugar, and salt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whip the cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Fold about a third of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Then gently fold in the remaining whipped cream.
  4. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  5. Spread the filling evenly in the cooled crust. Garnish as desired. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes

*This cheesecake can also be made in a 9-inch pie pan or a 9-inch springform pan. A note about the crust: Shortbread crusts can be temperamental. Be sure your butter is cold and that you've measured the ingredients accurately. Avoid dark pans. Don't overbake. If at all possible, make sure your oven temperature is correct with an inexpensive oven thermometer.

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    145 Comments on “Butter Pecan Cheesecake”

  1. Try Butter Pecan Ice Cream with a little Praline Liqueur poured over it.

  2. This looks amazing! Even better that it’s no bake…I can’t wait to try it!

  3. I love every one of your recipes. This looks delicious. Thanks!

  4. Great ingredients.  I’ll be making this recipe.  

  5. I made this and everyone LOVES it!! The only thing is that the crust came out rock solid to the point where it was extremely difficult to cut it into slices. I followed all directions and the baking time exactly. Any ideas as to what happened?? Overall DELICIOUS recipe and I would definitely love to make it again! 

    • Hi, Brooke. It sounds like the crust got over-baked. If you used a dark pan, that could be the problem. Or it’s not uncommon for oven temperatures to be inaccurate. I have an inexpensive oven thermometer I use to routinely check my oven’s temperature.

      • How could I change this from a no bake recipe to a baked cheesecake? My husband prefers baked lol.

        • Hi, Elizabeth. The batter for a baked cheesecake is fairly different. I don’t currently have a recipe for a baked version of this cheesecake, but there are several baked cheesecake recipes in the Recipe Index.

        • Easy…when adding the regular sugar to your cheesecake batter add light brown sugar instead. You can also add half vanilla extract and half butter extract or my favorite…butter rum extract….this is how I’m making ours for Thanksgiving.

    • make a graham cracker crust, receipe is on the back of the graham cracker box, do not over cook, do not press the ingredients to hard on the bottom of the pan

    • The same thing happened to me. I will just substitute with a graham cracker crust next time. It’s very easy to make

    • Same thing for me! I think I’ll try a different crust next time. 

  6. This cheesecake looks and sounds amazing! I don’t really know why, but I have always been a little intimidated by making cheesecake, even though I’ve been baking for over forty years. This one is the one I’m going to start with. 
    Butter pecan is my second favorite ice cream flavor, (after vanilla). Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, so, it is too tempting to pass up.
    Wish me luck! 😀

  7. To make with pecan sandier cookies- how to make crust?

  8. This looks absolutely amazing. I can not wait to make it. Your blog is awesome.

  9. Lovely! Do I need to weighed down wi h baking stone when I bake the shortcrust base?  Also is it necessary to prick the base?

  10. I love this recipe it very simple and easy just a tip for anyone with a lactose problem the 16oz might be to much so use 8

  11. Could I use cool whip instead of whipping cream?

  12. I want to make the no bake butter pecan cheesecake.,
    How can I substitute the flour and sugar for wheat flour and Splenda without changing the taste? Or just use original. I am diabetic just asking.

    • Hi, Tonja. I’ve never tried this cheesecake making either of those substitutions, so I can’t give you any specific advice. In my general experience, most any change to a recipe will change the taste. If you’d like to make the substitutions, I recommend following the guidelines of the manufacturers.

  13. Can you use some kind of prepared crust?

  14. My daughter  just ask me to  make this dessert  for thanksgiving, butter  pecan is my favorite  ice cream.  I love trying  new Recipes.  This  will  be one of my dessert for Thanksgiving  . Thank for sharing.  

  15. My daughter wants me to make this for her birthday cake. I will she’s my only girl and gets whatever she wants.

  16. My boyfriend loves butter pecan ice cream– except for the actual pecans in it! :O He says if he could find an ice cream with the same flavor but without the nuts, he’d buy it, lol… So I’m wondering: would this cheesecake have the flavor he enjoys if I made it without the pecans, or would it be missing something essential to that buttery flavor, you think? Any suggestions on how I could replicate this flavor without adding the pecans? (I’m not a huge pecan fan either, so I’m at a loss on this one…) Thanks- and the recipe does sound and look delicious!

    • Hi, Hope. The flavor of the cheesecake comes from the buttery pecans. The rest of the cheesecake is a fairly basic vanilla cheesecake. It’s plenty good on its own but it won’t have the flavor of butter pecan.

      • Thanks- that’s what I sort of figured… But I talked to him and a relative who’s more experienced in the kitchen than me, and we came up with an idea to try this recipe as is– except after toasting the pecans, giving them a whirl in the food processor to chop them more finely, since I think it’s primarily the texture of the pecans that he doesn’t like. 🙂

        • You can buy walnut favoring(next to vanilla extract in grocery store), but I have never seen Pecan. I have used this in Walnut Pound Cake. ( My Mother can’t eat nuts)  It taste great!  You might could try that.

  17. This looks and sounds amazing….I think I’m going to try this for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Do you think I could use half n half in this recipe instead of the  heavy cream? 

  19. I don’t have a tart pan, what other kind of dish could I use?

  20. The filling consistency was more like a whipped icing. The texture wasn’t as thick as typical cheesecake filling. Is is suppose to be this way, or did I do something wrong to where mine didn’t set properly?

  21. I love the sound of this but wondering if the amount of sugar in the cheese cake can be cut in half?

  22. This sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try it! I am wondering though if it may be a candidate for make ahead and freeze? I want to bring it to thanksgiving and we travel several hours to the next state over.

  23. I can’t wait to try this recipe as I love cheesecakes.

  24. My cheesecakes that are baked always shrink in size while it is cooling?
    What is the problem?

    • If it’s falling in the center, that usually means the outside is baking too fast. If you’re using a dark pan, that can be the culprit. You might also use an oven thermometer to check the accuracy of your oven’s temperature.

  25. Hi,
    I was wondering if it was possible to bake this to have that dense cheesecake instead of the fluffy cheesecake? And would it taste the same?

  26. Pie recipe sounds delicious!

  27. Yummy

  28. Don’t like pecans could I use walnuts? 

  29. Do you have a sugar free way of making this?

  30. 1. So many ads it was very difficult to read the recipe.
    2. These were not butter pecans but candied pecans!

  31. I love the Recipes! Looking forward to making them for family. 

  32. I make a Pumpkin Chiffon pie with a Pecan crust. I think the Pecan crust would also be good with this Cheese Cake. It is just a Gram Cracker crust, with ground Pecans replacing the Gram Crackers. It has a Toffee taste, and is one of my family favorites.

  33. I will make this fir thanksgiving.

  34. I made this last night and it was yummy…,,however I used a store bought gram crust and didn’t realize that one block of cream cheese is 8oz! So I cut the recepie in half and it still filled the store bought shell…it taste great, but if I had the 16 oz of cream cheese and remaining whipped cream, no way could it have fit in one pie shell…did I miss something?

    • Hi, Rachel. Often, store-bought graham cracker crusts are not as deep as a traditional 9-inch tart or pie pan, and they have fairly slanted sides, so there’s less room for filling. I know that for some of my mother’s old recipes that used a store-bought crust, I’ve had to increase the amount of filling to use a standard 9-inch pan. The recipe as written here works in a 9-inch pan. It domes a bit higher than the edges, as you can see in the photos.

  35. Could you share your toasted pecan recipe?

  36. I just made it. It was a disaster. After I started i discovered I only had 8oz of cream cheese. Slightly burnt the pecans. Discovered that my Dad’s mixer had no wire whip attachment. But in the end It was like Jesus with the fishes and loaves. It turned out perfect! Delicious!

  37. Silling question, but here goes. I would like to try this, but I’m not sure what the one cup of heavy cream is that is needed for the filling. What do I ask for at the grocery store?

  38. Could plain greek yogurt be substituted for heavy cream It is a very heavy yogurt?

    • Hi, Linda. The cream is whipped and folded into the cheesecake mixture, so it’s a question of texture. You can theoretically whip yogurt, but I’ve not tried it. If you do, let me know how it works.

  39. This recipe looks so good!! I just made it, and it is in the refrigerator cooling for 4 hours.

    How do you get it OUT of the pan???

    Thanks!

    • Hi, Dianne. If you used a tart pan with a removable bottom, removing it should be easy. If you set the pan on something elevated that’s slightly smaller than the pan (hold the sides until you’re ready to remove), you can just ease the side rim off and down. With some tart-pan-removing experience, you can usually just hold it in the palm of your hand and gently remove the sides. 

  40. I baked two of these yesterday and I can not cut the crust.  It’s harder than a rock and I followed the directions to a tee.    So disappointed..  You need to rethink the crust recipe.  This is not ok.

  41. Does the crust get harder after you put it in the fridge?

  42. Thank you I love this site great recipes 

  43. Could I make this in a muffin tin to make individual cheesecakes? Would they hold up ok in paper muffin cups?

  44. Hi the recipe sounds delicious and great I finally use my lovey ceramic oven safe tart pan, but the bottom of course is not removable can I still use it, thank you in advance.

  45. Hi i have a question. When it says 1 cup heavy cream is that like heavy whipping cream or like whipped cream in a can? Help please asap

  46. Hi! Thank you so much for the recipe. I want to make this for Thanksgiving, but I was thinking about making it tomorrow to get dessert done in advance. Will it still be good on Thursday?

  47. Hi, I am making this cheesecake for Thanksgiving using the pecan sandies crust you linked. I followed the directions and popped it in the oven to brown slightly, however rather than browning it got mushy and the butter all pooled in the bottom of the crust. Any suggestions about what I may have done wrong?

    • Hi, Caleigh. I’m sorry you had troubles! My first thought is that there was too much butter. If that’s not the case, then it could be the pan. Dark pans bake faster, which could alter the crust. My only other suggestion would be to chill the crust 15 or 20 minutes before baking. As an alternative, you can chill an unbaked cookie crust for about an hour and skip the baking time.

  48. I made this for our family thanksgiving. The filling was too much for my tart pan but we didn’t mind eating the leftovers! Absolutely delicious! I almost hope no one at the party eats any so that we can bring it home and devour it!

  49. Just made this and can’t wait to eat it!!  I was going to buy a graham crust but found a premade shortbread crust and got that instead.  I wonder how my family will feel about skipping Thanksgiving dinner and going straight to dessert!

  50. I just finished making this but i used a spring form pan and im worried about what its gonna look like when i remove it from the pan… Does anyone have some tips on how i can free it from the pan without ruining they cheese cake.

  51. I made this last night and it is so beautiful. I nailed it 🙂 I wish I could post a picture on here. I keep having to remind myself that today is about giving every time I look at it.

  52. I made this for Thanksgiving using the pecan sandie crust. Delicious!!!

  53. I was just passing through & now after seeing this amazing Dessert my tounge is slapping around like crazy in my mouth. I have to have one of these.

  54. Since this is very rich and I will be making this for a crowd, is it possible to double the recipe and make in a 10X15 jelly roll pan? I was not sure about the crust and baking time. Could you please advise me.

    • If you double, I’d recommend a 9″x 13″ pan, as that’s roughly twice the volume. The crust should be the same thickness, so I wouldn’t adjust the baking time. If it were me, I’d just make two cheesecakes, but I also understand the appeal of bars.

  55. You used granulated sugar and light brown sugar in ur cheesecake part ,, wud that give that crunchy texture of sugar in ur cheesecake or does it some how just melt and blend right in while being mixed? 

    Just wondering 

  56. Butter pecan is a favorite flavor of mine too! It’s a perfect combination with cheesecake. Thanks for sharing!

  57. I made this cheesecake and the flavoring was awesome, but my crust came out hard as a rock? I seen that a lot of others have experienced the same thing and you have not responded to those comments. Is there a problem with the crust recipe?

    • Hi, Lynn. I’ve made this crust or a variation of it multiple times with no issues. My only guess, which I’ve addressed in the recipe notes, is inaccurate measurements. Over-baking could also be a problem. 

  58. I make this (I don’t like crust, so I make mine without) in paper muffin cups to give to people, sell at fundraisers, and just generally make it easier to store and serve.
    I have made it many, many times and have yet to meet anyone who didn’t like it.
    The recipe is so easy to make, takes such little time and is guaranteed to make a splash no matter where it is served.
    I have shared the link to it bunches of times and my friends all loved it.
    Just wanted to thank you for one of my “go to” recipes.

  59. I’ve literally just finished making this cheesecake, it’s resting in the fridge as I type! I have to say, I do have one problem with this: it was INCREDIBLY difficult not to eat the filling straight out of the bowl. I mean, seriously, how there was any left to put onto the crust is beyond me!!

    Thankyou so much for sharing this with the world!

  60. I have a crust that has 1 stick butter, 1 c flour and 1 + c chopped pecans to make a short bread crust that does not get too tough. Just do not press too tightly.

  61. How about using a no-bake shortbread crust using shortbread cookies??

  62. I’ve made this cheesecake twice now 
    The whole family LOVED  it!!! ❤️
    Thank you for the recipe!!!

  63. Jennifer, thank tou for sharing this recipe!  I’ve made it twice now and it’s a BIG hit with family and friends.  I did add some butter extract on the second time and it was wonderful too!

  64. Yummy hope to have it made at home if not try to get at good bakery one recently opened some distance from my place

  65. My crust was rock hard after I let the pie chill in the fridge overnight. I could barely cut it. I only baked it for 20 minutes so I’m not sure what went wrong. The flavor of everything was good tho. Next time I will just buy one of the ready made crusts from the store.

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