Praline Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake: The BEST Thanksgiving Dessert

Don’t get me wrong- I love pie as much as the next person, but this Praline Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake (We’ll call it PPP for short), is always an unexpected showstopper! Move over pumpkin pie, there’s a new dessert in town!

I can’t take full credit for this recipe, though. It actually came from my friend Mary Jo, who shared it with me as part of a bridal shower gift. Since then it has been my go-to fall dessert, especially for Thanksgiving!

I love this recipe because it has the perfect hint of pumpkin without overwhelming the cheesecake. The praline topping is what really makes it special though, especially with the sweet crunch of candied pecans (I buy mine pre-candied.)!

Praline Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake

A creamy pumpkin cheesecake coated with a praline topping and sweet candied pecans


Graham Cracker & Pecan Crust

  • 2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c chopped pecans
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar 2

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 (8 oz) packages soft cream cheese
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c canned pumpkin
  • 4 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Praline Topping

  • 1 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • candied pecans for garnish


Graham Cracker & Pecan Crust

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Mix all crust ingredients in a bowl.
  • Press in the bottom and 1" up the side of a 9" spring form pan
  • Bake 8-10 min or until set. Cool 10 min.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

  • Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add eggs one at a time while continuing to beat mixture. Then beat in pumpkin and lemon juice.
  • Pour mixture over crust.
  • Bake 1 hr 10 min.
  • Turn oven off, open the door 4", and let sit in oven for 30 min.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 30 min, then refrigerate for 6+ hrs.

Praline Topping

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add 1 c brown sugar, whipping cream, and butter. Heat to boiling, stirring often. Once boiling, continue to stir for 1 min.
  • Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Let stand 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove side of springform pan. Place cake on serving plate.
  • Pour praline topping over the top within 1/4" of the edge.
  • Garnish with candied pecans!
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