Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Crust Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 2 cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 1 cup butter, softened
<br>- 1 cup chopped pecans
<br>- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
<br>- 5 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
<br>- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
<br>- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
<br>- 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
<br>- ½ cup milk
<br>- 3 cups pumpkin puree
<br>- 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
<br>- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
<br>step 2: In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, butter or margarine, and 1 cup chopped pecans. Beat until thoroughly combined. Press mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
<br>step 3: Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
<br>step 4: In a medium mixing bowl combine cream cheese, 2 cups of the whipped topping, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly over cooled crust.
<br>step 5: In a large mixing bowl combine pudding, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and 2 more cups of whipped topping. Stir until thoroughly combined. Spoon mixture over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining 1 cup of whipped topping. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped pecans if desired. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
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Ingredients
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 5 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
- ½ cup milk
- 3 cups pumpkin puree
- 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions
step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
step 2: In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, butter or margarine, and 1 cup chopped pecans. Beat until thoroughly combined. Press mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
step 3: Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
step 4: In a medium mixing bowl combine cream cheese, 2 cups of the whipped topping, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly over cooled crust.
step 5: In a large mixing bowl combine pudding, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and 2 more cups of whipped topping. Stir until thoroughly combined. Spoon mixture over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining 1 cup of whipped topping. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped pecans if desired. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

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