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Honey Pecan Cheesecake

Birthdays and holidays are great times for cheesecake, and Christmas is ideal for this particular one. In our annual church bake-off, it won first place! —Tish Frish, Hampden, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


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


  • 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 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 349 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Jane
    Dec 8, 2020

    Better than 5 stars. Loved by all at Thanksgiving! But one change only, a half tsp. Of maple flavoring is plenty! If you can't find maple flavoring, I'd go for one tsp. Of butter flavoring. Thanks for this delicious new cheesecake!

  • Invertebrate
    Dec 23, 2019

    This is a great recipe! My daughter-in-law requests it each year. I have no suggestions to improve it; it's delicious!

  • lvarner
    May 31, 2018

    I loved this cheesecake! It was just delicious. I really enjoy making and eating cheesecakes, and this one is a new favorite. I have no suggestions for improvement - it was great! It will definitely impress family and company.

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