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These Pecan Pie Cheesecakes are the perfect easy dessert for the holidays! Plus, they’re mini cheesecake which makes them so much more fun and easy – no water bath and no worries about cracks!

mini pecan pie cheesecake in a white cupcake wrapper.


Pecan Pie Cheesecake in a Cupcake Pan

Pecan pie is a classic pie recipe that cannot go wrong, but these mini pecan pie cheesecakes are a fun new twist! With the texture of a cheesecake and a pecan pie topping, they also are filled with pecans and toffee bits!

The fact that these are mini make life so much better. They are easier to eat, easier to serve, and they’re perfect for any potluck or dessert table that you’ll be needing to fill!

ingredients in pecan pie cheesecakes.

Ingredients Needed

  • Pecan Sandies Cookies: If you are not interested in using Sandies, shortbread cookies or Golden Oreos will go fine as well. Just use something the size of your muffin pan.
  • Pecans: These need to be chopped small – that way you have pecans in every bite.
  • Cream Cheese: It must be softened! Do not use low fat or fat free.
  • Sour Cream: Room temperature to help the mixing go smoothly – you want to avoid lumps!
  • Egg: Room temperature so it mixes in easily!

How to make Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pans with liners. Place one cookie in each cup.
  • Beat room temperature cream cheese and sour cream with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg, sugar, and vanilla until no lumps remain.
  • Stir in chopped pecans and toffee bits.
  • Evenly divide cheesecake among cookie crusts. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until they just begin to brown. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • To make the topping, melt butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Boil for about 2 minutes and remove from heat. Immediately stir in chopped pecans.
  • Evenly divide onto each cheesecake. Work fast – this hardens as the mixture cools. Let cool before serving.
pecan pie cheesecake sitting on a white plate.

Expert Tips

  • I recommend using the toffee bits without chocolate, but you can use your favorite.
  • Make sure these mini cheesecakes have cooled completely before topping with the pecan pie mixture.
  • You can toast your pecans before adding if you would like but I don’t find that necessary.

FAQs

Does pecan pie cheesecake need to be refrigerated?

Yes, these should be stored in a fridge for up to 3 days. 

Can you freeze mini cheesecakes?

You can freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight container. 

mini pecan pie cheesecake in a white cupcake wrapper.

Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes

5 from 8 votes
Mini cheesecakes are easier to serve and so much easier to eat – perfect for a party!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Yield 12 cheesecakes
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

For the Cheesecakes:

  • 12 Pecan Sandies Cookies (see note)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • ¼ cup (66g) sour cream , room temperature
  • 1 large egg , room temperature
  • ½ cup (73g) toffee bits
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Topping:

  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pans with liners. Place one cookie in each cup.
  • Beat room temperature cream cheese and sour cream with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg, sugar, and vanilla until no lumps remain. Stir in chopped pecans and toffee bits.
  • Evenly divide cheesecake among cookie crusts. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until they just begin to brown. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • To make the topping, melt butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Boil for about 2 minutes and remove from heat. Immediately stir in chopped pecans. Evenly divide onto each cheesecake. Work fast – this hardens as the mixture cools. Let cool before serving.

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Recipe Notes

  • Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze cheesecakes for up to 3 months.
  • You can use any similar sized cookie to the Pecan Sandies. I love shortbread cookies for this recipe, but Golden Oreos work too, or you can make a graham cracker crust.
  • If you want, you can toast your pecans before adding to the topping, but I don’t notice a difference.
  • I recommend using the toffee bits without chocolate, but you can use your favorite.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 552IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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48 Comments

  1. These look delicious!!! I have never heard of those cookies before so I will definitely be keeping my eye open for them next time I am grocery shopping. Pinned!

  2. Sounds delicious! What a fun talent you have! My dad loves to try to get the grandkids to spill the secret of what they bought for him. He likes is more than he like the actual gift! He thinks it is really special that kids are completely honest and can’t keep secrets.

  3. These make me happy- they remind me of my mom and her pralines she made this time of year. Thank you! 🙂

  4. oh yes, please! could they look any more delish? no way.

    if you haven’t already, we would love to have you stop by the blog for our giveaway!

    smiles to you.

    michele

  5. I am so proud of you for being a good girl! These desserts look so wonderful! I love the little size! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Confession time … I want to make these … I can’t, because Pecan Sandies are forbidden to be in my home. I am the only person that likes them … I will eat the entire package … I made the rule … no Pecan Sandies. Maybe I will change the rule 🙂