Southern Pecan Cheesecake


This recipe makes a cheesecake between a graham cracker crust and a pecan topping for a nice Thanksgiving Day cheesecake.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
1 to 10 - inch cheesecake


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup pecan liqueur

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pecan liqueur

  • 1 cup ground pecans

  • ½ cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ cup pecan halves


  1. Combine 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and melted butter or margarine. Press firmly into the bottom of a 10 inch springform pan.

  2. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese and 1 1/4 cup white sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add vanilla extract. Add 1/2 cup liqueur, and blend for 5 minutes. Pour the filling on top of the crust

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for approximately 1 hour. The cake should be golden brown, and will have risen to the top of the pan. Turn off the heat, and let cool in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. When cool, remove the rim of the springform pan.

  4. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, confectioners' sugar, and 1 teaspoon liqueur together. Spoon onto the top of the cooled cheesecake.

  5. In a small bowl, combine the finely ground pecans, finely ground graham cracker crumbs, 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle the pecan topping on the cheesecake. Carefully press the pecan topping into the sides of the cheesecake. Garnish the top and sides with pecan halves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

512 Calories
35g Fat
43g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 512
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 158mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.