Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

May 18, 2019

These Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites are an awesome rendition of traditional Southern pecan pie except for the velvety texture of cheesecake. Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully tasty Pecans + Graham Cracker crust and a scrumptious pecan -caramel glaze on top. Perfect for any day, family gathering, or any special occasion.

Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

It’s definitely the perfect day to showcase these mini sweet treats. I’m still daydreaming about the day I made these and took my first bite. Oh My, were they delicious! I definitely have to make these again.

But of course, with the weekend in the full swing, I couldn’t help but give your sweet teeth something good to eat. Did you catch that? Haha.

Ok, so can we talk about my inspiration behind these little bites for a sec? So, if you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’ll know that I’ve spoken a lot about my Southern roots. It’s definitely a huge part of who I am and how my love for food began.

Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

Because of this, I’ve been inspired by a ton of Southern old favorites, which of course I’ve managed to create a twist out of. Don’t believe me? Check these Southerner’s Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bites, which pair my two loves together in one bite—-cheesecake AND banana pudding!

Growing up, I often had banana pudding (religiously) every weekend during a binge watch of horror films with my grandmother. Since then, I’ve grown to truly enjoy banana pudding and these bites didn’t disappoint one bit.

When it comes to this Classic Southern Vegan Pecan Pie, it is naturally sweetened (without corn syrup) and is housed with an orange infused, buttery, flaky crust. This recipe is sure to please the crowd, one slice and bite at a time.

Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

Then there is the Southern staple–Traditional Southern Iced Sweet Tea, which is a refreshing home brewed sweet tea (using black tea bags) with great hints of lemon and a whole lot of sweetness. If you’ve ever been in the South, then you know that conversations around the table cannot go without a glass of this stuff!

This Classic Southern Banana Pudding is a MUST for me on those days where comfort is required, however, I recently re-created this ultimate favorite dessert by incorporating peanut butter! Yup—that’s right. This Delicious Peanut Butter Banana Pudding is something to give a try! It’s just too good to describe.

Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

Let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

PECAN GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a 12-cavity cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Grind the pecans + graham crackers, until almost finely ground (it’s OK to leave a few medium chunks, if your’e a lover a little crunch!). Combine the Pecan-Graham cracker mixture, cinnamon, pure cane sugar and melted butter in a small bowl and mix with a spatula until well incorporated.

Divide the mixture between the cupcake liners (about 2 Tbsps per well) and press down into the bottoms with your fingers (focusing on the middle) to ensure that it’s perfectly covering the bottom and sides (like a deep well).

Bake the crusts for about 5 minutes and then remove from oven and allow it to cool until you’re ready to use.

CHEESECAKE + FILLING:

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together on low speed: the cream cheese, pure cane sugar, and flour until combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl if needed.

Next, add the vanilla extract and the first egg and beat slowly until mostly combined. Then add the remaining egg and mix until well combined, still mixing everything on low speed. Now, add the sour cream and cinnamon and continue mixing.

Change mixer attachment to a whisk and beat on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or so until completely smooth and lump-free.

Add a small amount of filling to each cupcake liner (about 2 Tbsps), repeating until all batter is used.

Bake the cheesecakes for 20-25 minutes, then turn off the oven and allow them to sit in the oven for another 5 minutes with the oven door halfway open to avoid cheesecakes from deflating. **NOTE: When baking, I always prepare a medium pot with water and add it to the oven as well, to keep cheesecake temperature even and to add moisture.**

Remove cheesecakes from the oven and allow them to continue to cool for another 15-20 minutes, before putting them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Once cooled, top with Pecan Pie topping (See Recipes below) and enjoy.

Bon Appetite!

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Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites
Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

Delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bites

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
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Ingredients

PECAN GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:

  • 1 cup Graham crackers, chopped (About 7-8 Graham Crackers)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans (Add more if desired; just reduce Graham Crackers amount)
  • 2 Tbsps organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsps unsalted butter, melted

CHEESECAKE + FILLING:

  • 12 ozs. organic cream cheese, softened at room temp.  (That’s 1 1/2 packs!)
  • 1/2 cup organic pure cane sugar
  • 3 Tbsps organic all-purpose flour  (I use Bob’s Red Mills)
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temp.
  • 3 Tbsps low-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

PECAN PIE TOPPING:

  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsps organic heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsps unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

PECAN GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a 12-cavity cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Grind the pecans + graham crackers, until almost finely ground (it’s OK to leave a few medium chunks, if your’e a lover a little crunch!). Combine the Pecan-Graham cracker mixture, cinnamon, pure cane sugar and melted butter in a small bowl and mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
  • Divide the mixture between the cupcake liners (about 2 Tbsps per well) and press down into the bottoms with your fingers (focusing on the middle) to ensure that it’s perfectly covering the bottom and sides (like a deep well).
  • Bake the crusts for about 5 minutes and then remove from oven and allow it to cool until you’re ready to use.

CHEESECAKE + FILLING:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together on low speed: the cream cheese, pure cane sugar, and flour until combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl if needed.
  • Next, add the vanilla extract and the first egg and beat slowly until mostly combined. Then add the remaining egg and mix until well combined, still mixing everything on low speed. Now, add the sour cream and cinnamon and continue mixing.
  • Change mixer attachment to a whisk and beat on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or so until completely smooth and lump-free.
  • Add a small amount of filling to each cupcake liner (about 2 Tbsps), repeating until all batter is used.
  • Bake the cheesecakes for 20-25 minutes, then turn off the oven and allow them to sit in the oven for another 5 minutes with the oven door halfway open to avoid cheesecakes from deflating. **NOTE: When baking, I always prepare a medium pot with water and add it to the oven as well, to keep cheesecake temperature even and to add moisture.**
  • Remove cheesecakes from the oven and allow them to continue to cool for another 15-20 minutes, before putting them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

PECAN PIE TOPPING:

  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, add the butter and brown sugar, until bubbly, stirring constantly. Add cinnamon, heavy cream, pecans, and sea salt and let cook until completely coated. Once done, remove from heat and let cool (at room temperature) so that the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
  • Once cooled, top with Pecan Pie topping and let the sauce further 'set' as both the topping + cheesecakes continue to cool.
  • Enjoy.
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Leftover Cheesecakes can be stored (tightly wrapped) in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For best results, keep cheesecakes in the freezer until the night before you’re ready to serve. Defrost by refrigerating.
 
TOASTED PECANS: Add chopped pecans to a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on one side.
 
 

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    • Hi Natasha! It’s based on your preference, however, I normally add the toppings after they are refrigerated. 🙂

  1. Serioulsy?! Pecan pie and cheesecake in a bite-sized dessert? I’m in! Oh and I love how you’ve made it small, so it’s almost guilt-free, right?!