Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Masterpieces of flavor and texture. Smooth cheesecake base meets buttery, caramelized pecan topping, creating a harmonious blend of creamy and nutty goodness.

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Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy? If you’re a fan of pecan pie and cheesecake, you’re in for a delightful treat with our Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes! These little gems combine the creamy richness of cheesecake with the nutty, toasty goodness of pecan pie, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that’s simply irresistible.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, you’ll find this recipe to be a satisfying and delicious endeavor.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the creation of these delectable treats, and along the way, we’ll share tips, variations, and some questions you might also want to ask.

Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Mini Pecan Cheesecake
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes are a dessert lover’s dream come true for several reasons. First and foremost, they offer an exquisite blend of flavors and textures. The creamy cheesecake base provides the ideal canvas for the luscious, caramelized pecan topping, creating a harmonious symphony of taste in every bite.

Moreover, this recipe strikes a perfect balance between ease and indulgence. While it may require a bit of patience and time, the results are absolutely worth it. These mini cheesecakes are the perfect individual-sized portions for sharing or indulging in a guilt-free dessert journey.

How to Make the Recipe

Making Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes may sound intimidating, but we’ve broken down the process into simple steps to ensure your success.

Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecake Ingredients
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Ingredients:

For The Crust: 

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Ground Pecans
  • Sugar
  • Butter, melted
  • Salt

For The Cheesecake: 

  • Cream cheese, softened, Package
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Whipped cream
  • Corn starch

For The Toppings 

  • Chopped pecan
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Flour
  • Corn syrup
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla
  • Chopped pecans to sprinkle on top

Directions:

To Make The Crust:

  1. Preheat and Prep: Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake liners in a cupcake pan, enough for approximately 24 mini cheesecakes.
  2. Prepare the Crust: Crush graham crackers by placing them in a ziplock bag and using a rolling pin to smash them. Transfer the crumbs to a large bowl and mix with melted butter, sugar, salt, and ground pecans. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Fill Cupcake Liners: Using a heaping tablespoon, fill each cupcake liner with the crust mixture, pressing firmly to compact it to the bottom of the pan. You can use the bottom of a 1/4 cup measuring cup for this.

To Make The Cheesecake Filling:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine softened cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. Mix on medium speed for about a minute. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, eggs, and cornstarch. Mix well, scraping down the sides when needed and mixing again. Increase the speed to medium and mix for an additional minute.
  2. Fill the Liners: Scoop approximately 1/4 cup of the filling into each cupcake liner with the crust at the bottom. Cheesecakes do not overflow like cupcakes, so you can fill them up to the brim of the liner.
  3. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the edges are set with a slight jiggle in the middle.
  4. Cool Slightly: Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly while you prepare the topping.

To Make The Toppings:

  1. Create the Topping: In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, corn syrup, heavy cream, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Slowly add in the pecans, maintaining the boil. Boil for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  2. Pour Topping: Gently pour about 1 tablespoon of the pecan pie mixture over each mini cheesecake, allowing it to pool in the center. Be careful not to overfill, as it may spill over the liner.
  3. Bake Again: Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cheesecakes to cool to room temperature. Sprinkle each one with a few more chopped pecans.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate the mini cheesecakes for at least 4 hours to set.
Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecake
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Variations For This Mini Pecan Cheesecake

While this Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes recipe is already a crowd-pleaser, you can add your personal touch to create delightful variations:

  1. Chocolate Drizzle: For a touch of chocolatey goodness, drizzle some melted chocolate over the pecan topping before refrigerating.
  2. Maple Glaze: Swap out some of the corn syrup in the pecan topping for maple syrup to infuse a warm, maple flavor into the dessert.
  3. Salted Caramel: Add a pinch of sea salt to the caramel sauce for a sweet and salty contrast that’s simply irresistible.
  4. Nut Mix: Experiment with a mix of different nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, and cashews, in place of or alongside pecans for a unique twist.
Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecake 3
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Storing and Making Ahead

Yes, you can! These Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes can be stored for future enjoyment. Here’s how:

Storage: Place your mini cheesecakes in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The cool temperature will help maintain their freshness and flavor.

Freezing: If you want to prepare them in advance or have leftovers, you can freeze these mini cheesecakes for up to 3 months. Wrap each cheesecake individually in plastic wrap, place them in an airtight container, and ensure they are properly sealed to prevent freezer burn. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw them in the refrigerator.

Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes

Masterpieces of flavor and texture. Smooth cheesecake base meets buttery, caramelized pecan topping, creating a harmonious blend of creamy and nutty goodness.
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Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:40 minutes
Total Time:1 hour

Ingredients

For The Crust

  • 2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans ground
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ tsp salt

For The Cheesecake

  • 3 – 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 medium eggs
  • ½ cup whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

For The Toppings

  • 2 cup pecan chopped
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pecans chopped, sprinkle, optional

Instructions

To Make The Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 325F and place liners in a cupcake pan for approximately 24 cupcake-sized mini cheesecakes.
  • Crush the graham crackers by placing them in a ziploc bag and using a rolling pin to smash them. Transfer to a large bowl and mix with melted butter, sugar, salt, and ground pecans. Mix well.
  • Using a heaping tablespoon, fill each cavity of the cupcake pan. Press firmly to compact the crust to the bottom of the pan. We like to use the bottom of a ¼ cup measuring cup as it fits perfectly – simply press down to compress.

To Make The Cheesecake Filling:

  • Combine the softened cream cheese and heavy whipping cream in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium speed for about a minute. Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, eggs, and cornstarch. Mix well, scraping down the sides when needed and mixing again. Bump up the speed to medium and mix for an additional minute.
  • Scoop approximately ¼ c of filling into each cupcake liner with the crust in the bottom. Cheesecakes do not overflow like cupcakes, so you can fill up to the brim of the liner.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the edges are set with a slight jiggle in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly while making the topping.

To Make The Toppings:

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, corn syrup, heavy cream, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Add in the pecans slowly, maintaining the boil. Boil for 5 additional minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Gently pour about 1tbsp of the pecan pie mixture over the mini cheesecakes – should pool right in the center. If you overfill with the pecan topping, it will spill over the liner of the cheesecake.
  • Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Sprinkle each cheesecake with a few more chopped pecans. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to set.
  • Enjoy!
Servings: 24

Common Questions about Pecan Pie Cheesecakes

  1. Can I use a different type of nut for the topping? While pecans are the traditional choice, you can experiment with other nuts like walnuts or almonds for a unique flavor twist.
  2. Is there a substitute for corn syrup in the topping? You can use maple syrup or honey as a substitute for corn syrup in the topping. The flavor profile will change slightly, but it can be a delicious variation.
  3. Do I need a stand mixer for the cheesecake filling? A stand mixer is recommended for the best results, but you can also use a handheld electric mixer if that’s what you have available.
  4. What’s the key to a perfect cheesecake texture? Be sure to bring the cream cheese to room temperature before mixing. This ensures a smooth and creamy texture without lumps.
  5. How can I prevent cracks in my cheesecakes? Baking your cheesecakes in a water bath can help prevent cracks. Simply wrap the bottom of the cupcake pan with aluminum foil and place it in a larger pan filled with water before baking.

These Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes are a dessert masterpiece that combines the best of both worlds. With their rich and creamy cheesecake base and the decadent pecan pie topping, they’re sure to become a favorite among family and friends.

Whether you choose to stick with the classic recipe or explore creative variations, these mini treats are bound to delight your taste buds. Make them ahead for convenience, and don’t forget to savor every bite of this heavenly dessert.

If you want to try out this delectable mini pecan pie cheesecake, please share your experiences with us, and don’t forget to tag us on social media using #minipecanpiecheesecake and #foodieaholic. We can’t wait to savor your culinary creations!

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