Pecan Cheesecake

This cheesecake is big, beautiful and oh so delicious.
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 5 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (see Note, below)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Additional finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • Pecan halves (optional)
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter, mixing well. Firmly press the mixture into bottom of a 10-inch springform pan. Chill.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the brown sugar, mixing well. Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 325°F for 1 hour. Turn oven off and let cheesecake remain in oven with door closed for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Remove sides of springform pan. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and pecan halves, and gently press finely chopped pecans onto sides of cheesecake.
Makes 12 servings.

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Note: Place chopped pecans in a single layer on a cookie sheet and toast in a 350°F oven for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you begin to smell them. Allow them to cool.

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