Homemade Holiday Inspiration 2020 - Holiday Desserts!

We've survived this crazy year thus far... and now that the holidays are fast approaching, let's make the best of it by ending it out in a delicious & memorable way! One of my favorite bloggers is Liz of Hoosier Homemade. She has been doing her wildly popular Homemade Holiday Inspiration series for the past 7 years and this year, I've been asked to join in on the fun! Each week will be a different theme from desserts to savory recipes, entertaining ideas, decorating and gifts from the kitchen. To kick off the Homemade Holiday Inspiration series for 2020, we're delving into Holiday Desserts

I love using the Instant Pot for meals but don't forget how versatile it is to also be used for desserts... like this Instant Pot: Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake! It makes for a show-stopping holiday dessert for either Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. It's definitely one to indulge in and will be a sweet addition to any menu...

Instant Pot: Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Cheesecake Crust
2 cups graham cracher crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup light brown sugar

1. Gather all your ingredients and measure out.

2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and brown sugar until it resembles wet sand.

3. Spray an 8x3 inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. 

4. Scoop graham cracker mixture into pan and press into the bottom and up the sides, about 1/2 inch. Chill crust while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

Cheesecake Filling
24oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup  sour cream
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs, room temperature

5. In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.

6. Add in heavy cream, vanilla, sour cream and flour; mix until blended.

7. Mix in eggs one at a time, just until combined.

8. Pour into crust and seal top of pan with aluminum foil.

9. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot, followed by a trivet. Set the foil covered pan into the Instant Pot. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and seal according to your pot instructions. Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.

10. When time is up, allow cheesecake to remain in pot for 10 minutes, then manually release pressure. Remove cheesecake from pot and uncover. Cool cheesecake on wire rack, then cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours.

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Salted Caramel Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
7 tablespoons salted butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup (light or dark; dark will produce a darker color topping)
12oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt'
3/4 cup halved or chopped pecans, toasted

In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar and butter until butter is melted and thoroughly combined with sugar.

Add in sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, salt and vanilla, bringing to a boil.

Continue to boil, continuously stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 225 degrees. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can drop small spoonfuls into a 1/2 cup of cold water. It is ready when the misture forms a soft ball. Do not overcook as this will make the caramel brittle.

Remove from heat and cool for about 7 minutes. Drizzle on top and over the sides of the cheesecake. Top with pecans. Chill for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.

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Be sure to check out these amazing holidays desserts from fellow bloggers also participating in the Homemade Holiday Inspiration series – 

Orange White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from Chipa by the Dozen

Chocolate Covered Oreo Reindeer from Design Dazzle 

Black Forest Brownies from Devour Dinner

Eggnog Cookies from Fresh Coast Eats

Gingerbread Cookies from Hoosier Homemade

Burnt Almond Cupcakes from House of Nash Eats

Butter Pecan Cookies from Rose Bakes

Nutella Fudge from Savory Experiments

Lemon Shortbread from Taste of Homemade 

Instant Pot Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake from What’s Cookin’ Chicago 


  1. you had me at salted caramel, and cheesecake 😍😋 two of my favorite! Thanksgiving will be much better with a slice of this amazing cheesecake.

  2. Cheesecake is my weakness! And now that I can make it in my Instant Pot?? I am sold!