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Honey Pecan Cheesecake

 Honey Pecan Cheesecake
Meet the Cook: Birthdays and holidays are great times for cheesecake, and Thanksgiving's ideal for this particular one. In our annual church bake-off, it won first place. I'm a stay-at-home mom to a son, 5...with the energy of 10 kangaroos! -Tish Frish, Hampden, Maine
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed vanilla wafers (about 30 wafers)
  • 1/4 cup ground pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon maple flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, pecans and sugar; stir in
  • butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • Refrigerate.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs;
  • beat on low speed just until combined. Add the flour, maple
  • flavoring and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir in pecans. Pour into

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Honey Pecan Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • crust. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18
  • in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • Place in a large baking pan. Fill larger pan with hot water to a
  • depth of 1 in. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is
  • just set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove foil. Carefully
  • run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool for 1 hour longer.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • For topping, combine the honey, butter and water in a small saucepan;
  • cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add nuts; cook 2
  • minutes longer (mixture will be thin). Spoon over cheesecake.
  • Carefully remove sides of pan before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 349 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.