Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

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A super easy No Fail pumpkin cheesecake topped with a gorgeous brown sugar and pecan praline sauce that will wow your guests!


No Fal Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake


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Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake


Holiday traditions run strong in my family – we do things pretty much exactly the same as I remember us doing them when I was a child. Especially thanksgiving, where we have had pretty much the exact same menu for as long as I can remember – the same dishes, the same recipes, the same routine. The day starts off with recipe prep while we eat breakfast and watch the parade, followed by snaking on cheese and crackers (and the occasional stollen deviled egg) while we work on cooking food, a late lunch, and then family games while we eat pie. In fact, the only thing that has changed has been where the meal has been held and the people doing the cooking. We have always shared the responsibility of the meal as a family, and everyone contributes different dishes. I remember my grandparents arriving at our house and unloading pies, turkey, and hot dish after dish that they had prepared and cooked at their house. As my grandparents started to age, my father and I started to take over more and more parts of the meal. First we took over the responsibility of the turkey, and then I received countless hands on lessons on the proper way to make gravy from my grandmother. And as my grandmother aged even more, we started replacing the homemade pies and rolls with ones bought from the store.


Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping


Now that I am grown and with a house and family of my own, I am loving that we are passing on these exact same traditions that I remember as a girl to my own children. Especially now that my grandparents are no longer with us.  Now all of the meal is prepped and shared at my house – all except the pies, which we have still been buying from a local restaurant. But this year I wanted to change that, and to once again enjoy a dessert made with love and care on the day we are remembering and being intentionally grateful for the amazing family and friends we have.


Easy Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Pie


This pumpkin cheesecake is the ultimate fuss-free dessert – its almost fool-proof, it doesn’t require a finicky water-bath, and it hardly ever cracks. And it doesn’t really matter if by some strange happenings it does crack because you are topping it with a gorgeous brown sugar pecan sauce. The whole thing ends up being dreamy and creamy and so silky smooth. Add a dollop of slightly sweetened whipped cream and you have a decadent dessert that hardly requires any work at all. It’s holiday dessert heaven.


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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Pie Sauce


Yield: 12 Servings

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Sauce

This pumpkin cheesecake is the ultimate fuss-free dessert – its almost fool-proof, it doesn’t require a finicky water-bath, and it hardly ever cracks. Topped with with a gorgeous brown sugar pecan sauce, its dreamy and creamy and so silky smooth that hardly requires any work at all!

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes



  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter, melted


  • 24 oz full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Praline Sauce

  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


! Crust
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Spray a 8 or 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
Pat into the bottom of the springform into an even layer, and up the sides about 2″.
! Pumpkin Cheesecake
In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
Add in the pumpkin, vanilla and cinnamon and beat until well combined.
Pour the batter into the crust and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the center is almost set (it will still jiggle slightly when moved but will feel firm when touched).
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1 hour in the pan.
Carefully use a knife to run along the edges of the pan and loosen the cheesecake (but leave it in the pan). Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge at least 4 hours, or overnight.
! Praline Sauce
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat.
Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon, heavy cream and chopped pecans.
Allow to cool to room temperature before pouring over the cheesecake.
*** Serve with whipped cream if desired


This should be stored in an air-tight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Top with whipped cream right before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 555 Total Fat: 40g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 119mg Sodium: 276mg Carbohydrates: 44g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 32g Protein: 7g


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  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    November 18, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    This looks and sounds super delicious. It would make a Thanksgiving dessert show stopper.

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    November 18, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    That sure is such a tempting recipe. Love it!!

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    Kristina @ Love & Zest
    November 18, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    WHOAH!!!! YES PLEASE> Get in my belly.

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    Julia (@imagelicious)
    November 18, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    I love food traditions! Food triggers so many memories and brings people together and brings back people who are no longer with us!

    The cheesecake looks amazing and the sauce is such an awesome addition!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    November 18, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    this looks DELICIOUS!!! And now I’m starving!

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    Natalie Dicks
    November 22, 2016 at 3:34 AM

    This looks SO good! Pumpkin cheesecake is my absolute favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving!

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    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    November 22, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    What a gorgeous creation!

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    November 22, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    WOWIE! Yummy!

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    Warm Cocotte
    November 22, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    I always promise to cook a pumpkin pie but I never had the occasion… This version is definitely one of my favorite!
    Wish you a lovely week!

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    Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
    November 23, 2016 at 1:59 AM

    Oh yum! This looks amazing! Just what I need for turkey day!

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    November 23, 2016 at 2:27 AM

    This look and sounds totally addictive and delicious. I love pumpkin everything and could eat it all year long. Cheesecake is such a great way to end a meal…and not to mention that sauce….yummmm!!!

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    Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
    November 23, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    That praline sauce!! Such a perfect topping for cheesecake.

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    Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    November 24, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Pumpkin cheesecake has quickly become one of my favorites this year. Your praline sauce looks wonderful, and I bet the two taste great together.

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    Michelle Ferrand
    November 25, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    I am normally not a cheesecake fan, but pumpkin cheesecake…yes please!

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    November 25, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    This looks heavenly! I’ve never seen pumpkin cheesecake with the praline sauce. Move over, traditional pumpkin pie! This will get my vote every time.

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    November 26, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    This recipe looks delicious. Like I need to make it right now! Yum!

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    November 27, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    There’s nothing like a good cheesecake and that pecan praline sauce sounds amazing!

  • Reply
    November 27, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    What a great recipe!

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    November 28, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    This looks super good! I wish I had a slice now!

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    Amanda Mason
    November 28, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    This looks so yummy!! I’m always looking for new dessert recipes! I’ll make this one this week!

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    Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed
    November 29, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Your pumpkin cheesecake looks delicious and the praline sauce looks divine. A fab dessert for special occasions.

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