No-Bake Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecakes.
Let’s eat cute things together!
Mini parfaits filled with pecan pie and cheesecake and whipped cream. Aren’t they just cute as PIE?
Ew I hate me. I know.
Now really. As if pecan pie needs to be richer.
That’s exactly what we’re doing though. Because I like to inflict some sort of massive torture on myself. Like just HOW rich can this dessert get? Pecan pie plus cheesecake… yikes.
Don’t worry. I put it in mini shot glasses to be enjoyed because a few spoonfuls is all you need. Says the person who could easily eat four of them. Story of my liiiiife.
First, let’s talk about this pecan pie filling. It’s INSANE. I was eating it by the spoonful and I realize that I may not be the best judge of what to eat by the spoonful these days but this… is incredible.
Also, I never really cared for pecan pie before, so there’s that. That, which is huge. Because this is all I want to eat forever and ever. I still have some of the filling left in my fridge and let me tell you that it goes perfectly in and on just about everything. Toast, oatmeal, biscuits, cookies, bananas, apples. All of it.
It’s super simple to make but you don’t want to cook it on the stovetop TOO long because then it gets rather chewy and caramely, which is all sorts of awesome too, but when refrigerated – not so much. It’s becomes a little tough. And it needs to be placed in the fridge with the creamy and thick no-bake cheesecake filling.
OH WAIT. I forgot to mention the most important part. The bourbon! There is bourbon. BERRR.BAN. It’s in the filling too. You could even make a bourbon caramel or some sort of bourbon reduction and drizzle it all over the top. If you really are demented. (like me.)
At least we’re demented together.
The cheesecake-y part shouldn’t come as that much of a surprised, considering I’ve bastardized multiple no-bake cheesecakes over the last few years. I wanted something DIFFERENT than pecan pie. I wasn’t sure if I’d be down with a full pecan pie. No one in my family really eats it either. What is wrong with us?
So. I wanted something bite-sized and little and delicious and autumn-like. Something in a jar, something adorable, something portion-able and easy to pass off as Thanksgiving dessert. Something that doesn’t make your already ridiculous Turkey Day food coma worse, something that gives you the bite of sweetness that you reeeeeally want after a huge meal.
At least I always really want it. Always. No matter what, I always always have room for dessert. Is that genetic? Like a portion of my stomach is just automatically reserved for dessert for life.
By the way, I TRIED to get a good spoonful shot of the cheesecake. I mean, I swear I tried. I ate like fifty bites trying to get a good shot of the inside. But no go. That was really difficult. I mean, seriously.
No-Bake Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecakes
pecan pie filling
- 2 cups pecans
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup bourbon
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
no bake cheesecake
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- fresh whipped cream, for topping
pecan pie filling
- Add the pecans to a food processor and pulse until small crumbs remain.
- Place the sugar, butter, bourbon, corn syrup and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the sugar dissolves and bring to a boil, letting it bubble for 1 minute. Stir in the pecans and bring to a boil again, letting bubble for just a minute. Remove and let cool completely to room temperature.
no bake cheesecake
- In the bowl of your electric mixer, add the cream cheese and mascarpone. Beat on medium speed until the cheeses are mixed and slightly creamy, then drizzle in the condensed milk with the mixer still going. Add in the vanilla extract and salt and beat the mixture until it is creamy and smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.
- To make the cheesecakes, layer a bit of the pecan filling in the bottom of a shotglass. Add a few tablespoons of no bake filling on top, then another dollop of the pecan filling. Repeat with remaining glasses. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, until the cheesecake layer sets. When ready to serve, top the glasses with whipped cream and a few chopped pecans. You can also drizzle on some caramel and add a few grates of fresh nutmeg.
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(these are the shots I’ll be doing on Thanksgiving.)
81 Comments on “No-Bake Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecakes.”
The sound of this filling with the bourbon and brown sugar is RIGHT up my alley! And cute mini food, in jars, and no-bake…even better! They sound great and I need to try one! Pinned!
Seriously. I have to see these RIGHT before I go to gym, which is causing me to debate skipping said gym-going and trying to face plant into about 6 of these shot glasses filled with all sorts of amazing.
And, you know, what I’m not mad about it. Pinned!
Oh my word. Park a tray of these next to me in front of a cheesy movie (or ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’) and I’m done. I’m through. It’s all over.
I know what is going to highlight my weekend brunch tomorrow! Nothing better than mini shots glasses of dessert; it means you can have two or three ; ) Amazing and so creative!
Wow…these are adorable and look delicious!
These look insane! And adorable and I want to eat ALL OF THEM!
Consider me demented too because a bourbon reduction sounds PERFECT. I love pecan pie so this is up my alley anyway. I want 85 of them and a cup of hot cocoa and a Thanksgiving movie. Except there aren’t any. Pie will make up for that. These look amazing!
These look amazing! Definitely going to make for Thanksgiving…or just for myself!
I’m sending this recipe to my Mom right now and I fully expect her to fall out of her chair when she reads this. SO YUMMY!
These are the absolute cutest! I especially like the looks of that pecan pie filling. Oh my!
Yuuuummm — totally the best of both worlds & they arrrrrreee as cute as pie ;)
This looks delicious!!
I don’t really like pecan pie either! But I have a feeling I would be all over these!
So I’m bringing your amazing sweet potato casserole from last year to my boyfriend’s family for dinner and I sooo want to make these for dessert with mine, but there are always like 50 desserts that nobody eats because they’re so stuffed with turkey on Thanksgiving! Do I indulge and just add to the leftovers?? Lol… decisions, decisions.
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I’m thinking this would make a splendid yogurt topping..
Lovely recipe! The pecans, caramel, bourbon and cheesecake would make such a great dessert! I know everybody in my family will love this as much as I do.
Yum! I esp love that first photo!
OMG! This sounds SOOOOOOOO good! I so want to make this RIGHT NOW! I love pecan anything. And with bourbon! GAH!
Lovely recipe! I’m always flabbergasted by no bake recipes
This seems delicious x
I have never in my life had a slice of pecan pie, but I want to shove all of these into my face. they look so good!
I’m new to the baking scene, a cook at heart, and I really love this recipe. I can hear the holiday jingles summoning this recipe in my near future.
I could eat the whole batch. Pecan pie is my favorite! Plus these are so cute!
You’ve done it again! I happen to love a GOOD pecan pie. But only really truly love my pecan pie bars. Other people don’t make it as good. But I am willing to try this one out.. For science purposes..
You have this insane ability to bring cravings to life. Maybe I want pecan pie AND I want cheesecake. If I have one slice of each in front of me – judgement. If I have one or two shot glasses of this – no judgement. It’s perfect!
Woahhhh these are all sorts of awesome! And I admire your enthusiasm and efforts in getting a sponful photo of the cheesecake. ;) If you ask me, cheesecake shots > vodka shots any day!
This needs to happen in my house!
I don’t like pecan pie either, because it’s too sweet–it needs something rich and creamy like cheesecake to balance it out! I have pecans and am totally making this…just need to buy some bourbon!
Holy awesome! Mini desserts = less guilt and more eating! I can’t wait to try these! All the no bake during this high baking season has me hooked!
I think being pregnant gives you free reign to enjoy any and all cute, tiny things, Jess! This is such a good idea – pecan pie filling is rich, but SO good, I’d love some of these sitting out on Thanksgiving – gives you plenty of space to sample a bunch of other desserts.
Since you mentioned being pregnant, I considered that there may be some who might not want the bourbon; those pregnant, those on medications, those in alcohol recovery programs. I was thinking that perhaps adding a nice rich double vanilla extract in its place might work. Curious about the consistency, though and the amounts. Mmmmn, sounds so, so good. I think I’ll skip my medication for a day just to eat these. :-)
These are so so cute! I’m not a giant pecan pie fan either, but a few bites along with cheesecake? I’m definitely on board with that!
These are too cute and they look delicious!
Oooo my good lord of life…your killing me!! I love pecan pie and am gonna die over this one!! Love cheesecake and the bourbon!! How do u keep creating these recipes!! This too will be on my THANKSGIVING TABLE!! We’re
I love pecan pie. I love cheesecake. I love that you put mascarpone cheese IN the cheesecake. I have to make time to make this.
And this could so be breakfast right! Lookin’ good!
These look delicious! But what is something non-alcoholic I can use so I can serve it to the kids and pregnant ladies in the family?
I just substituted water for the bourbon & its so delicious!!
They look absolutely decadent but are nicely tempered by having them in little glasses. The key is to not eat 10 I guess? I know I do love me some bourbon in my pecan pies and I use maple syrup instead of corn syrup…adding some cheesecake to that mix? Priceless.
MADE THEM & DEVOURED THEM!!!! I have never tried pecan pie… And now ineverwill because this dessert is all I want. I’m makng 2 dozen for Thanksgivng. Aaand i ate the extra pecan filling for a snack. Yum!! Thank you!!!
mmm, this is my kind of drink! Dessert and booze in one! Totally making this for my holiday party!
Oh hot damn. You really are the best kind of demented. i love that there can be pie filling with out the crust. mmmmmm
I swear you seriously rock at the no bake dessert shooters.
oh geez! these look INCREDIBLE.
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I previously made your no-bake cheesecake, which I really enjoy. However, I’m frustrated by the amount of sweetened condensed milk. This is not an ingredient I use that often, so I end up with most of a can of sweetened condensed milk in the trash. Any suggestions for something to do with the leftovers?
Every year I host a dessert and wine party. For some reason, ten is the magic number for the desserts I make. I had my menu minus one all set–couldn’t think of the perfect tenth dessert, until I saw this recipe and knew I had to make it. The party was last night and this dessert was a stand out. So many positive comments. People loved it!!! I made a caramel drizzle , as suggested, which took it over the top! Thanks for rounding out the top 10!! Amazing.
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I just have to say that I tried your pecan filling and I loved it so much that I had to do my own twist on it by putting Fernet Branca and walnuts in the topping and served it over a shortbread crust – it was delicious!