Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake…..can you hear it calling you?

One of my favorite things about this time of year is how often pumpkin is used and how creative the recipes are!   There are so many talented bloggers coming up with new and exciting uses for pumpkin.  It almost makes you wish we used it all year long, but then I guess it wouldn’t be that special anymore…..sigh

I have to admit, for the most part I only use pumpkin in baking, pies, cakes, and of course cheesecakes.  I’m definitely not re-inventing the wheel here, but   Lisa loves pumpkin pie and she enjoys a good a cheesecake, so I thought why not combine the two and see what she thinks of the combination.

Now I couldn’t just make a plain pumpkin cheesecake, it needed a little something to make it extra special.  Too me that meant a pecan praline topping.

So of course I went to my pantry to see what I could add to the praline to give it a little extra boost.  As luck would have it I had a can of dulce de leche in my pantry, and of course a bottle of Jack Daniels to give it just a little kick!

5.0 from 7 reviews
Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 20 digestive biscuits or graham crackers
  • 6 Tbsp (90 g) butter - melted
Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • 4 8-ounce (227 g each pack) packs cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cup (270 g) brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3 Tbsp (45 g) flour
  • 2 tsp (10 g) cinnamon
  • 2 tsp (10 g) allspice
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • ¾ tsp (4 g) salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 16-ounce can (450 g) solid pack pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
Praline Topping
  • 8 ounce (150 g) chopped pecans
  • ⅓ cup (60 g) brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) bourbon or vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp (45 g) dulce de leche or caramel
  1. place digestives or graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and process into a fine meal. Place in a mixing bowl
  2. Add melted butter and mix together to make the crust
  3. Press mixture onto bottom and up the side of the springform pan one inch to two inches. (2.5 - 5 cm)
  4. Bake in 350 degree (177 C) oven for about 15 minutes, until firm. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Pumpkin Cheesecake
  1. In your stand mixer add cream cheese and beat just until smooth
  2. Slowly add in the brown sugar, scrape down the sides of bowl
  3. Add in flour, cinnamon, allspice, salt, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin, mix for 2 -3 minutes until well blended and smooth.
  4. Pour cheesecake mixture into prepared crust and place in 350 degree (177 C) preheated oven for one hour.
  5. After the hour, turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven for one additional hour
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on wire rack
  7. Place in refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours (overnight is better)
  1. After the cheesecake has completely chilled begin praline topping
  2. in a saute pan or sauce pan add brown sugar, and corn syrup, heat unticorn syrup is well blended into the sugar
  3. Add in pecans and let the mixture brown slightly
  4. Add in dulce de leche or caramel and continue to simmer until thickened
  5. Pour mixture onto top of cheesecake spreading evenly and return to the refrigerator to allow praline to cool and harden.
  6. Serve with fresh whipped cream and enjoy!


My pumpkin cheesecake was a success, especially the praline topping!  It got two thumbs up from Lisa and rave reviews from my neighbors.  I know I can always count on my neighbors to help me out, God only knows I don’t need all those calories….sigh.

But if you’re looking for a delicious and creamy cheesecake for your fall table to impress your family, or to just make a weeknight a special occasion  why not give myu Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake a try.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  Just make sure to whip up a batch of fresh whipped cream to go along with it!    It’s not a party without the whipped cream!

I’d like to thank my friends at the Mid Atlantic Dairy Association for sponsoring this post and for their continued support.

Hope your week is going well my friends and that where ever in the world you are the weather is favorable!  Take care, and see you all real soon!



  1. Oh that looks delicious Chef Dennis! I wish I was your neighbor!!

  2. That cheesecake is soooo going to be on my table this Thanksgiving! WOW! Amazing! Lucky Lisa! 🙂

  3. Oh… the torture! Where’s my fork?

  4. Oh this looks amazing! And I totally use pumpkin year round – haha! Though I do use a lot more of it during the fall!

  5. I want to totally dive in! Wow, what a beautiful combination of pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie! Yum

  6. I just can’t help myself, every time I am at Sam’s Club and I pick up the 3 x 28oz pack of pumpkin they sell. I know I have to find somewhere to store it but the benefit is that I will always have it ready and waiting to make this delicious-looking cheesecake. throughout the year. A definite win.

  7. Love that praline topping!

  8. Chef that looks to die for! Love it!

  9. I love pumpkin cheesecake and that last picture has me drooling!

  10. I could just eat this cheesecake with a spoon. Especially the topping! This is the best combination of flavors for Thanksgiving! Drop by my kitchen and leave us a recipe for the Holiday Cookie Exchange. I would love to see what your favorite it. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. This looks wonderful! I have some pumpkins waiting to be cooked up into something and I am going to have to try this! The praline toppimg sounds delicious!

  12. This looks SO delicious! I just got some baking pumpkins and this one’s on the top of the list- minus the Jack Daniel’s (kids, you know). Thanks!

  13. I want to dig in. Yummmm!!! The weather is lousy here today, but your cheesecake brightened up my day.

  14. Rave reviews from me too. Lordy this looks delicious, Dennis!

  15. OMgosh, this looks decadently divine! Lisa is one lucky gal. Do you give men cooking and baking lessons chef? If so, I need to send my hubby.

  16. I love dulce de leche with whiskey, just the thing to make this cheesecake amazing! And I have a ton of cream cheese and haven´t made a pumpkin cheesecake yet. So perfect timing Dennis!

  17. this looks absolutely amazing – I love ALL cheesecake, and the topping here is perfectly decadent!

  18. Looks delicious!!

  19. My dad went on a cheescake making kick when I was growing up and his first attempt was a praline one. It was amazing!!

  20. What a fabulous looking desert. I can hardly wait for the holidays together here. Thank you for the inspiration!

  21. Does it matter what size Springform Pan you use???

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