Cinnamon Apple and Pecan Cheesecake

Submitted by: Emily Willis Outstanding Adult & 1st Place



1 ½ c finely crushed shortbread cookies (about 5 ounces)


1/2 c finely crushed candied pecans (plus 1/2 c to decorate top)


2 tbsp butter, melted


3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin


1 1/4 c sugar


1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


4 pkg cream cheese


1tsp vanilla


4 eggs


Mix cookies, pecans and butter together until blended. Press into a 9” springform pan and bake for 7 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool.


In a saucepan, mix apples, cinnamon and 1/4 c sugar. Cook until apples are tender. Remove from heat. Arrange half of the apples over the baked crust. Set aside.


Mix cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla in a mixer. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined. Pour cream cheese mixture over crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 70 minutes or until center is almost set. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.


Arrange remaining apples and candied pecans on top before serving.



Photography by: A Table Full of Joy





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