A quick and easy no bake cheesecake, this Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Topping is light, fluffy and topped with a rich pecan praline topping!
Here is the last easy Thanksgiving recipe that I have for you before the big day later this week! I’m pretty sure I saved the best for last.
Extra pecan praline topping, please! As far as easy Thanksgiving desserts go, I don’t think it gets much better than this.
Light, fluffy cheesecake is filled with my new favorite fall flavor combination this year. . .pumpkin and maple. Now I know people have widely varying opinions on what the true texture of cheesecake really is.
Take my husband and me for instance. My husband likes a dense, rich cheesecake. I, on the other hand, prefer a light, airy cheesecake.
You can see who wasn’t in the kitchen the day I made this cheesecake! (But don’t worry, I also made him a cheesecake the way he likes it!)
Whether or not you refuse to call this type of cheesecake an actual cheesecake, I am confident you will like this “dessert”.
I strongly recommend you use real whipped cream for this cheesecake, it only adds an additional 10-15 minutes of prep and the flavor is completely worth it.
How to make Homemade Whipped Cream for cheesecake
- Start with a hand held electric mixer or a stand mixer affixed with a whisk attachment.
- Place 1 cup whipped cream in bowl and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
- Add in 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
The rich praline topping is made with a simple homemade caramel sauce and pecans. Plus, it can be made ahead of time and warmed right before serving to save you a bit of time in your planning.
If you find that you have some leftover, it makes a great topping for ice cream or french toast.
Actually, you may want to make extra just so you can have leftovers! So, if you need an easy recipe and pie isn’t your thing, this cheesecake is worthy of a place at your Thanksgiving table!
Tips for Making No Bake Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Homemade whipped cream really is the best for this cheesecake. However, if you can’t make the whipped cream, you can use an 8 ounce container for frozen whipped topping that has been thawed.
- It is possible to use a 9 inch pie plate for this cheesecake, but the filling will have to be mounded in the center to get it all to fit.
- You can make both the cheesecake and the pecan praline topping ahead of time. To reheat the topping, microwave it on 50% power until runny or place in a small saucepan and heat it on low to medium-low heat until topping is runny.
For the Crust
- 1 1/2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 Cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
For the Filling
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 Cup confectioner's sugar
- 1/4 Cup brown sugar
- 3/4 Cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 2 teaspoons maple extract
- 3 Cup homemade whipped cream** (or 1 (8 ounce) tub whipped topping, thawed)
For the Pecan Praline Topping
- 3/4 Cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 Cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a 9 inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter until combined.
- Press into the bottom and sides of prepared pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes or until just starting to turn light golden brown. Remove from oven to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In the bowl of stand mixer, beat together cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and maple extract until well combined.
- Gently fold in whipped cream until combined.
- Pour filling into prepared crust. Smooth top with a spatula. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.
- In a medium saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
- Stir in whipping cream and salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.
- Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Stir in pecans. Allow to cool for 15 more minutes before pouring over cheesecake pieces right before serving.
- Store leftover cheesecake and praline topping in refrigerator.
**See post above for instructions on how to make homemade whipped cream.
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