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maple cheesecake recipeThis maple cheesecake is a nice departure from the pumpkin cheesecake that graces most Thanksgiving tables.  No doubt, pumpkin cheesecake is delicious, but this maple version is truly something special.  I made it for a party that I had at my house, and everyone raved about this cheesecake.  They could not exactly put their finger on what the flavoring was, which is good, because sometimes maple can be incredibly overpowering.  This is delicate, creamy, and rich.  I found these cool dehydrated maple flakes at Williams-Sonoma, and they were the perfect garnish for this cheesecake.

Cheesecake is the perfect make-ahead dessert.  You can make it a month ahead of time and freeze it until you are ready to use it.  Defrost the cake in the refrigerator for 24 hours and then you are good to go.  Cheesecakes are also really easy to make.  The hardest part is getting the cooking time right.  I always have to fight with myself to not overbake a cheesecake.  It will look like the center is not cooked, but it is.  You just have to trust.  If you overbake it, it will lose its creaminess, and that is what cheesecake is all about.  No matter when you make a cheesecake, you need to make sure that you give it enough time to chill in the fridge.  It is a very important step and unless you start baking it in the morning, it needs to be made the day before you want to serve it.

maple cheesecake recipe

For the crust:

3/4 cup flour
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans

For the cheesecake:

3 (8-ounce) packages room temperature cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) container room temperature mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs at room temperature

Maple Whipped Cream:

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 packets Whip-It (optional)
maple flakes (optional)

maple cheesecake recipeCombine the flour and brown sugar.  Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter and add the pecans.

maple cheesecake recipePress the mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool completely.

maple cheesecake recipeCombine the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese in a stand mixer.  Beat until smooth.

Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, half-and-half, flour, and vanilla.  Mix well.

maple cheesecake recipeAdd the eggs, and beat until just combined.

maple cheesecake recipePour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust.

maple cheesecake recipeBake for 35 to 40 minutes or until about a 3-inch area around the cheesecake is set and the middle still jiggles.  Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.  Gently run a knife around the edges, and remove the ring.  Cool for 2 hours, and then cover and chill for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

maple cheesecake recipeMine cracked a little.  So I made a maple flavored whipped cream to cover it up.  No one was the wiser.

maple cheesecake recipeWhip the heavy cream and Whip-It until soft peaks form.  Add the maple syrup and vanilla and continue to whip until it is thick.  I put mine in a piping bag and piped it over the top.  Sprinkle with maple flakes.

maple cheesecake recipeYou can make the cheesecake a few days ahead, or even freeze it for up to one month, but I would add the whipped cream the day that I was serving it.

Maple Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • For the crust:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages room temperature cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) container room temperature mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • Maple Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 packets Whip-It (optional)
  • maple flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter and add the pecans.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  3. Combine the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese in a stand mixer. Beat until smooth.
  4. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, half-and-half, flour, and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Add the eggs, and beat until just combined.
  6. Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until about 3-inch area around the cheesecake is set and the middle still jiggles. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Gently run a knife around the edges, and remove the ring. Cool for 2 hours, and then cover and chill for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  8. Whip the heavy cream and Whip-It until soft peaks form. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and continue to whip until it is thick. I put mine in a piping bag and piped it over the top. Sprinkle with maple flakes.
  9. You can make the cheesecake a few days ahead, or even freeze it for up to one month, but I would add the whipped cream the day that I was serving it.
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33 Responses to Maple Cheesecake

  1. Brenna says:

    This looks AWESOME! I love maple, it is easily my favorite fall flavor. Might have to be on my thanksgiving list.

  2. Brandon says:

    Nice fix on the cracking, they crack so easily!

  3. Becca says:

    I recently made my frist cheesecake and it was delicious! Now I want to make this maple cheesecake because I love anything maple and cheesecakes are starting to grow on me :)

    • bakedbree says:

      Cheesecakes are great because they have to be made ahead of time. And they are really easy and you can flavor them a million ways.

  4. corey says:

    This looks incredible!

  5. Sara T says:

    SO pretty! AND sounds divine!

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  7. Oh my gosh, you might have just changed my pumpkin cheesecake plans. I love the pecan crust!

  8. This looks heavenly! What a lovely winter take on a classic dessert! I’m adding this to my ‘must-bake’ list right away! :) Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Cheers,
    Christi

  9. Deanna says:

    I have mine baking right now…taking to dessert for post Thanksgiving dinner get together…
    :) Thanks Bree!!!

    • Deanna says:

      Ok… so I did use a shortbread pre-made shell… with that…I had enough to make 2 cheesecakes… I only have 1 left… they were not even chilled yet and my husband, and 2 oldest kiddos LOVED this. Thank you again Bree… Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    • bakedbree says:

      You are welcome! This is a really good cheesecake. It was gone in minutes when I made it.

  10. Vera says:

    I made this for Thanksgiving – just a hint of maple flavor. Everyone loved it.
    I love you site!
    Thanks!

  11. Jane says:

    Hi Bree,

    The cheesecake looks so delicious! My son is allergic to nuts, can i substitute the crust to a regular graham cracker crust?

  12. Melinda says:

    I just found this recipe on pinterest. It sounds so yummy.

    I didn’t know that cheesecakes could be frozen. I can’t wait to try it.

  13. Dawn says:

    This was the first cheesecake I ever made and it was AMAZING! Thank you! I used gluten free flour and no one could tell the difference.

  14. EnglishMuffin says:

    As always Bree your recipes are amazing, I know that if I want to try something new, I can trust your recipes to deliver, so thank you. I loved this cheesecake, as did everyone who tasted it. I’ve been making cheesecakes for a bit now and they never crack due to the water bath I bake them in, and this one didn’t either. Can I just ask what tip you used for the piping?

  15. Laura says:

    This is delicious! I made it last year and am just going to the market now to get all the stuff to make it again!

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