Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake with a Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust

New York Cheesecake with a Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust made in the pressure cooker.

Rich, dense New York cheesecake paired with a crumbly toffee pecan shortbread cookie crust, then decorated with caramel topping, chopped pecan, crushed toffee bits, and grated chocolate. 

This cheesecake recipe was sent to me from one of my wonderful readers. Jerry said it was a fantastic cheesecake, and his friends and family loved it. Since I love making cheesecake in the pressure cooker, I was happy to give his recipe a try, and even happier that he said I could share the recipe with you.

Making a shortbread toffee cookie crust.

The recipe called for toffee shortbread cookies. I didn’t know you could buy toffee shortbread cookies, and I was pleased to discover they’re easy to find, and delicious.

I pulsed the cookies and pecans together in my little food processor. Then I put the crumbs and the melted butter in a Ziploc bag and just tossed them until they were blended. I think that’s easier than mixing them in a bowl.

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I also changed a couple of other things in the recipe. I didn’t have any half and half, so I substituted heavy cream. My cheesecake wasn’t done at 25 minutes, the middle was still liquidy, so I cooked it 5 minutes longer, and it was perfect. I also change the directions below to cook the cheesecake uncovered. My cheesecake stuck to the tin foil covering and I pulled some of the cheesecake top off when I removed the tin foil, so I would cook it uncovered next time.

Despite those few changes, I was super impressed with this cheesecake. I like a rich, dense New York style cheesecake, and this one made quickly in the pressure cooker in a cute little 7-inch size is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe Jerry!

Before you get started, be sure and read my Making Perfect Pressure Cooker Cheesecake posts for additional tips.

New York Cheesecake with a Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1/2 cup crushed shortbread toffee cookies, about 6 cookies
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted

Filling

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, room temperature

Directions:

Prepare a 7 inch springform pan by greasing it or coating it with a non-stick spray.

In a bowl combine the cookie crumbs, chopped pecans and butter. Spread evenly in the bottom and up the side of the pan. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

In a mixing bowl mix cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until smooth, blend in heavy cream, sour cream, vanilla, and flour. Mix in eggs one at a time just until incorporated; don’t over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared crust.

Place a trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker, add one cup water, and lower your springform pan with a sling* on to the trivet. Lock the lid in place, set pressure cooker to high, and timer to 30 minutes. Allow ten minutes of natural release then perform a quick release.

Let cool one to two hours before placing in the refrigerator for an additional two to three hours, or overnight.

If desired, serve topped with caramel ice cream topping, toffee bits, chopped pecans and grated chocolate.

* Using a 18 to 20 inch piece of aluminum foil, folded three times length wise to make a sling to lower and raise your pan.

Update: Jerry shared some tips about covering the cheesecake with foil: I hate getting the water off the cheese cake, so I fold the foil like a tepee and then crimp it around the sides. Works great and the only way of defeating the sticking problem unless you rub a little vegetable on the foil. The teepee is more creative, but either works.

I’ll have to try his tepee suggestion next time. Although, if you do cook it uncovered and a few droplets of water get on the top, an easy way to get the droplets off, is to dip a corner of a paper towel in the drop and let the paper towel soak up the water.