Bourbon Praline Cheesecake

This is a recipe I have had for over 30 years!! The Bourbon Praline Cheesecake is one of our favourite cheesecakes & this year it is going to be our New Years Eve 2022 dessert!

My friend Wendy Carter gave me this recipe, Bourbon Praline Cheesecake, (her recipe had rum in it, but I changed it to bourbon0 while we lived in Yellowknife! I lived there with Murray after we got married in 1979 until we moved to Edmonton In 1986. Wendy taught me many things about cooking and baking in those years! I knew nothing really.about being in a kitchen & Wendy was an inspiration to me. I still remember many of the delicious dishes she made that we ate! We used to decorate birthday cakes together, bake & decorate sugar cookies for my son’s pre-school, so many delicious & fond memories! I asked Wendy if I could put her name to this cheesecake & she said I thanks Wendy!!

I doubled the ingredients for the crust since I love a thick graham wafer crust & I added Bourbon instead of rum that is in the original recipe.

I will cut into the cheesecake to show all of you what it is like & give it a taste taste for you too!! So glad to have an excuse to get into this! Then I am going to save the rest for Friday!

I can’t stress enough how delicious this is! I hope you try it! Let me know if you do and what you think about it!

Here is a tip I heard about using a springform pan… Put the base into the ring upside down so that it is easier to remove whatever delicious thing you have baked in there!



Crust ( doubled for a thick base…if you want you can halve the amounts for a thinner base)

2 cups graham wafer crumbs

1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup melted butter


1 1/2 pounds cream cheese ( 3 – 250 g pkg of cream cheese) ROOM TEMPERATURE

1 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp flour

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp Bourbon or you can use Rum

1/3 cup chopped pecans


2 tbsp maple syrup

pecan halves to trim the cake … I used 25

Whipping cream, icing sugar & bourbon to serve with the cheesecake


Preheat the oven to 350f

1 10 inch springform pan

Make the Crust

  1. Mix the graham wafter crumbs, chopped pecans, sugar & melted butter together in a bowl . Evenly press the mixed ingredients firmly into the bottom of the springform pan. Put into the refrigerator to chill while you ,make the filling.

Make the Filling

  1. Using a food processor ( you can use a mixer if you do not have a food processor) cream the cream cheese, sugar & flour together until smooth and there are not any cream cheese lumps! Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary with a spatula.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mix after each egg, then add the vanilla & rum, mix
  3. Now, mix in the chopped pecans using a spatula
  4. Remove the crust from the fridge & pour in the filling. Gently tap the springform pan on the counter to smooth out and settle the filling in the crust
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, then open the oven door and let the cheesecake cool in there until it is room temperature
  6. When the cheesecake is cool, brush with the maple syrup then garnish with pecan halves. To remove from the pan, use a knife around the edges of the pan than loosen the ring and remove.
  7. Chill completely before serving . I whipped up some cream, add some icing sugar & a bit of bourbon to it to serve with the cheesecake!
My friend gave me this nut grinder and it is actually one of my favourite kitchen tools!
mixing the dry ingredients for the crust
pouring in the melted butter
press the crust ingredients into the base of the springform pan
press the crust in firmly and evenly, then put into the refrigerator to chill
adding the cream cheese, brown sugar and flour into the food processor, mix until smooth
adding the eggs in one at a time, mixing after each addition the add the vanilla and bourbon
mixed until smooth
add the ground nuts
mix the nuts in by hand
pour into the chilled base…. then tap on the counter to smooth the filling out in the pan
ready of the oven
Finished baking & out of the oven
Brushing on the maple syrup
look at that!

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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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