How to Make It
Stir together first 3 ingredients. Press crumb mixture into bottom and up sides of an 8-inch springform pan.
Bake crust at 325° for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Beat cream cheese and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Pour mixture into prepared crust.
Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours.
Stir together 3 tablespoons butter, brown sugar, and pecans; spoon over top of cheesecake.
Broil 3 inches from heat for 3 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Store in refrigerator.
Tip: Use a straight-sided glass to press crumb mixture onto bottom and up sides of springform pan.
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