We know you are waiting for an incredibly decadent low-carb dessert recipe from us. Here we are with a pecan butter cheesecake recipe that is made with delicious pecan crust, creamy cheesecake, keto caramel sauce, and roasted pecans.
Browned Butter Pecan Cheesecake Recipe by Life Love And Sugar
There’s nothing better than homemade cheesecake with pecans. If you’re loving this fall combo, you’ll definitely want to make a Turtle Cheesecake and this yummy Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake too!
An Easy Butter Pecan Cheesecake Recipe
Are you ready for fall? We know we are. We had a good taste of some fall weather this weekend and we were loving it. Cool evenings and mornings and warmer days, but not too hot – it was beautiful! We hope it sticks around because we are ready to stick with jeans instead of shorts.
How To Toast Pecans
First, there are the pecans. They are tossed with some butter and brown sugar and toasted. Of course, We use Challenge Butter, which we highly recommend. It’s a great, high-quality butter that’s 100% real cream and farm to fridge in two days, so you know it’s fresh. Definitely be sure to toast the pecans, because they are SO much better that way. It improves their texture and brings out their flavor. Without toasting them, the flavor is just…off.
And then there’s the crust. It’s your typical graham cracker crust – with one exception. We included a bit of cinnamon. While we could’ve added cinnamon to the filling, We didn’t want it to overpower the browned butter and pecans. So instead, it’s in the crust and it’s perfect! You definitely get that hint of cinnamon, but it doesn’t take away from everything else. Love it!
How To Make Browned Butter
And who could forget that lovely cheesecake filling? Yet again, we are using Challenge Cream Cheese, as close to homemade as it gets with nothing artificial and no added hormones, which we love! And there’s the browned butter. If you’ve never made it before, don’t be intimidated. It really is easy. You literally melt butter and wait for it to brown. You just need a little patience. There’s also brown sugar to enhance the flavor of the pecans and browned butter. All in all – the filling is pure heaven. Full of flavor, smooth, creamy (with the crunch of pecans) and so darn tasty!
The final cheesecake is one you’ll definitely want to make over and over this fall. We drizzled mine with some caramel sauce, which we think is totally awesome, but feel free to go without too. We actually added a little browned butter to my homemade caramel sauce too, which was a fun touch. ? Either way, you are sure to love it! You just might not want to share.
Pecan Butter Cheesecake
- 1½ cup (247g) finely chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, loosely packed
- 2 tablespoons (28g) Challenge salted butter, melted
- 6 tablespoons (84g) Challenge salted butter
- 24 ounces (678g) Challenge cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup (104g) sugar
- ¾ cup (108g) light brown sugar. loosely packed
- 3 tablespoons (24g) all purpose flour
- ¾ cup (173g) sour cream, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup toasted pecans (above)
- 2¼ cups (302g) graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup (112g) Challenge salted butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons (39g) sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
CINNAMON WHIPPED CREAM
- 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
- ½ cup (58g) powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
TOAST THE PECANS:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Combine the melted butter, pecans and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl and toss to coat.
- Spread the pecans evenly onto the cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until toasted.
- Set pecans aside to cool.
BROWN THE BUTTER
- To make the browned butter for the cheesecake filling, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. It’s best to use a light colored pan so that you can see the butter browning. Whisk the butter occasionally so that it cooks evenly.
- Cook the butter until it turns a nice toasty brown. It will foam up at first, but it will eventually subside and you’ll have browned butter. Some of the brown bits may separate, but that’s ok. Once the butter has browned, pour it into a heat-proof bowl and set it aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
- Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
- Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
- VCover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in. Set prepared pan aside.
- Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugars and flour on low speed until well completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and browned butter and mix on low speed until well combined
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
- Stir in 1 cup of the toasted pecans.
- Pour the cheesecake batter evenly into the crust.
- Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan
- Bake for 1 hour 5 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
- Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
- Crack the door of the oven for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly. This process helps prevent cracking.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and refrigerate until firm, 5-6 hours or overnight.
- To finish off the cheesecake, make the whipped cream. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon to a large mixer bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Pipe swirls of whipped cream onto the cheesecake and finish off with the remaining toasted pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.