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5 from 2 votes

Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars

These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars are silky smooth and utterly divine! A must-make!
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time52 mins
Total Time3 hrs 12 mins
Course: Bars, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dessert
Servings: 9
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel

Ingredients

  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 (11.3 oz pkg) Pecan Sandie Cookies finely ground
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • FOR CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 (8 oz pkgs) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • FOR PRALINE SAUCE:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" square pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pecan Sandie cookie grounds, melted butter and brown sugar together until moistened. Press into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and keep oven on.
  • While crust bakes: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and brown sugar together until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla, beating well after each addition. Lastly, beat in the sour cream until just combined. Pour the cheesecake filling over the still-hot crust and place into the oven.
  • Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set. If it's slightly jiggly, that's okay - but it should not be sloshing around in the pan. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.
  • While cheesecake chills, make your praline sauce. In a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar and butter and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add in the cream and vanilla, taking care as the mixture may violently bubble up. Stir until combined, then cool to room temperature. Stir in the pecans just before serving.