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Caramel Pecan Crunch Cheesecake

Prep time 21 mins
Cook time 59 mins
Other time 9 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Makes 16 servings
Dark brown sugar gives a wonderful caramel flavor and crunchy topping to this cheesecake.


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 3/4 cup pecans, and butter. Press into bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.

  2. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sugars, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, beating just until blended. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until almost set. Turn oven off, and partially open door; leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour.

  3. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours. Run a knife around edges of pan, and release sides.

  4. Sprinkle cake with 1/4 cup brown sugar. Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 2 to 4 minutes or until sugar begins to melt. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans. Store in refrigerator.

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