Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake

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This Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe is one of my favorite fall pumpkin desserts! The thick and creamy pumpkin cheesecake with the streusel on top and the crunch from the pecans is pure heaven!

If you love fall inspired desserts as much as I do, be sure to try these Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars and this easy Pumpkin Cheesecake With Cream Cheese Whipped Cream. They are sure to get you in the fall spirit!

Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

An Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake For Fall

Now that football is back in season, it is basically what consumes our weekends. College football on Saturday, which the hubs is into. Then the NFL on Sunday, which is more my thing, but a shared thing for us as well. The hub’s favorite college team, the Georgia Bulldogs, is doing really well so far. Our NFL team, the Carolina Panthers, not so much. Their record doesn’t really reflect it, but it hasn’t really been very pretty so far.

The nice thing about all the football watching though is it means relaxing, eating and plenty of napping on the couch. All of my favorite things while pregnant. 🙂 The eating isn’t quite an interesting as it would normally be for football food, since my stomach doesn’t tolerate anything that isn’t simple, but that’s fine.

We did venture out for breakfast on Sunday morning and I got my pumpkin on with some pumpkin spice pancakes. I wasn’t sure how they’d sit with my stomach, but fortunately these two little babies are on board with pumpkin so far. Good thing! 🙂

Easy Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
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We were all pretty big fans of this cheesecake too. In fact, it’s one of my new favorite pumpkin treats. It’s seriously so good!

To start, there’s the pecans. They are added to the streusel later, but you want to first toast them. Is softens them up a bit and releases their flavor. I like to toss them with a little butter and brown sugar for some additional flavor too. If you aren’t a pecan fan though, you could just leave them out of the streusel.

Next up is the crust. I went with a classic graham cracker crust, but feel free to change it up. I liked the simplicity of the graham crackers here because it doesn’t take away from all the flavor in everything else.

What Size Pan Do I Use For This Cheesecake Recipe?

The filling has a full cup of pumpkin in it, along with my favorite fall spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. This particular cheesecake is made in a 9×13 pan, which makes it great for transporting and sharing for the holidays. It also doesn’t require a water bath, which is nice and easy. Definitely a bonus with everything going on during the holidays.

I still use the slow cooling process that I use on most of my cheesecakes and in this case, it’s during that process that the streusel is added. Part way through cooling in the oven, you add the streusel. The cheesecake is still slowly cooling in the hot oven, so the residual heat melts the streusel on top of the cheesecake. Once finished, it’s time to cool it until it’s cold and firm.

The finished cheesecake is pumpkin cheesecake perfection! A nice, thick crust, thick and creamy filling with plenty of flavor, and a spiced streusel with a little crunch from the pecans. What’s not to love?!

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Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 65 minutes, plus 3-4 hours cooling
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 12-15 Servings
  • Category: Cheesecake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe is one of my favorite fall pumpkin desserts! The thick and creamy pumpkin cheesecake with the streusel on top and the crunch from the pecans is pure heaven!



  • 1 cup (163g) finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1 tbsp (14g) salted butter, melted


  • 2 cups (268g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp (39g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (112g) salted butter, melted


  • 24 ounces (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (24g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (232g) pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature


  • 2/3 cup (87g) all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (150g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 5 tbsp (70g) salted butter, melted


1. To toast the pecans, preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Combine the melted butter, pecans and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl and toss to coat.
3. Spread the pecans evenly onto the cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until toasted.
4. Set pecans aside to cool.
5. Change the oven temperature to 325°F (163°C). Grease a 9×13 pan.
6. Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
7. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
8. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
9. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar and flour on low speed until well completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
10. Add the pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and spices and mix on low speed until well combined.
11. Add eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
12. Pour the batter into the pan with the crust and spread evenly.
13. Bake the cheesecake for 35-40 minutes.
14. While the cheesecake is baking, make the streusel. Combine all the ingredients for the streusel in a medium bowl, then add the pecans. Mix until crumbly and well combined.
15. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door closed for 10 minutes.
16. Remove the cheesecake from the oven (by this point, the top of the cheesecake should be more firm so it can hold the topping), and sprinkle the pecan streusel over the top.
17. Place the cheesecake back in the oven with the oven door closed for another 15 minutes.
18. Crack the door of the oven, with the cheesecake inside, for 15 minutes. This slow cooling process helps prevent the cheesecake from cracking.
19. Put the cheesecake in the fridge to cool completely, 3-4 hours.
20. Cut the cheesecake into slices and serve.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 462
  • Sugar: 33.8 g
  • Sodium: 383.7 mg
  • Fat: 25.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.7 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 102.6 mg



Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Cheesecake - creamy pumpkin spice cheesecake with pecan streusel! Great for thanksgiving and the holidays!

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    1. Lindsay

      It will be good for about 4-5 days, so any time in that time frame would be fine. I typically would recommend a day ahead, but two days would be fine too.

  1. Lauren

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Just wondering if I want to cut the recipe in half what size pan would you suggest I use?

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, these can be made into mini cheesecakes. The cooking time would be similar to the Banana Pudding, 18-20 minutes plus cooling.

  2. Christina

    Turned out amazing! Followed recipe just as it reads and it was AWESOME! Huge hit! Added homemade whip cream as streusel topping just a tad dry…maybe less flour and more brown sugar & butter for topping next time. Otherwise everyone loved it!

  3. Stacey Greer

    I am making this as we speak and cannot wait to eat it!! But I do have a question about the streusel topping. There is a lot of flour/sugar mixture in comparison to the pecans added. It doesn’t look anything like the video and makes me think there may be too much of the dry ingredients for the topping? I’m sure it will taste wonderful but I’m just wondering about how much streusel there will actually be. 

    1. Lindsay

      The ingredients listed are correct. I’m not sure why it looks like more in the video. It certainly wouldn’t hurt anything to add more pecans though, if you think you’d like to have more in the streusel. There will be plenty of streusel, it’s simply a matter of how many pecans you’d like to have in it.

    1. Lindsay

      Are you on a desktop or mobile? It’s a little teal button that should de within the pink recipe card. On desktop, it’s underneath the little photo of the recipe.

  4. Hannah

    Oh this looks so good! I agree on the graham cracker crust thing-especially when it comes to pumpkin. My favorite pumpkin pie recipe actually uses a graham cracker crust instead of pie crust-I love it!

  5. Teija

    This looks SO good – I’m totally in the fall baking mode right now. Pumpkin everything!! Hope you are feeling good!

  6. Suzy-q

    Another winner, Lindsay! Anything pumpkin is GREAT! This will be on my Thanksgiving table, but
    I will probably try it before then. Thanks for sharing and keep um coming!

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