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Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake

Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake is completely worth breaking any rule for your diet! Containing three of my favorite things (bacon, whiskey, and cheesecake), this is a dessert that gives you savory and sweet!

Slice of Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake

For the past couple of weeks, I have spent a limited amount of time in the kitchen. Being sick when you have a 10-day vacation from work is not fun. I’m finally starting to feel more like myself — except now I have an annoying cough that is hanging around like a hair in a biscuit.

Medicine and the constant need for a cough drop makes food taste odd, so it was nice to actually be able to taste the original flavor of my meals today. My energy levels are slowly increasing and that means my desire to cook has returned. To appease my desire for something sweet and salty, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with this dessert!

I recently received a new springform pan from Zulay Kitchen and what better dish to create than a cheesecake? This 9″ pan is nonstick and features a heavy-gauge stainless steel core that evenly distributes heat, ensuring every dish you make turns out perfect.

The Zulay Springform Pan is perfect for a Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake!

I’ve owned several springform pans over the years and this is one of the highest quality pans I’ve used. And you can’t beat the price!

Tools & Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Zulay Kitchen Springform Pan
  • Deep Roasting Pan – To create a water bath for the pan
  • Foil – 2 pieces to wrap the springform pan before baking in the water bath
  • 1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs – Approximately 10 full-sheets of graham crackers
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup of butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 TBSP caramel sauce
  • 1 TBSP Jack Daniel Tennessee Apple Whiskey
  • 1 TSP lemon juice
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • 5-6 pieces of crispy, cooked bacon
  • 3 TBSP caramel sauce
  • 1 ½ TBSP Jack Daniel Tennessee Apple Whiskey
Slice of Bacon Tennessee Whiskey Cheesecake

Prep the Crust

Wrap the pan with two layers of foil and set to the side. If you know your pan sticks a little, use a nonstick spray. Use a food processor or blender to grind the graham crackers into fine crumbs. Don’t create a powder — just a smaller crumb. Mix the granulated sugar in well. Pour the melted butter over the mixture. Using a fork, combine until completely moist.

Press the crumbs into the bottom and partially up the sides of the spring form pan. Ensure that it is even and firmly pressed in place. Put in the freezer to set while mixing the cheesecake.

If you haven’t invested in a KitchenAid stand mixer, I highly encourage you to do so! This is my favorite, must-have kitchen gadget! I use it at least 4-5 times per week!

Cheesecake Filling

Preheat your oven to 300° F. Attach the paddle handle to your electric mixer and combine your cream cheese with the butter, mixing until smooth. Add in one egg at a time, thoroughly mixing each one in. Beat in the sour cream until just mixed.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, and cornstarch. Turn your mixer on stir and slowly add, letting it all completely blend. Add lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix the caramel sauce and Tennessee Apple Whiskey by whisking together, then add to cheesecake filling.

Remove the graham cracker crust from the freezer and pour the cheesecake filling on top. Place the springform pan in a large roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with boiling water to reach at least halfway up the sides.

Bake for approximately 2 ½ hours. The cheesecake will be a beautiful light brown color on top and the middle will still wobble. I shut the temperature off, then crack the oven door open and allow the cheesecake to sit for an additional 15-20 minutes to help prevent cracking.

Remove the springform pan from the water bath and foil. Cool at room temperature for 10 minutes then place in refrigerator to set for a minimum of 8 hours. I prefer to let it cool overnight!

Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with bacon. Serve and enjoy!

Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake
Slice of Bacon Tennessee Whiskey Cheesecake

Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 11 hours 10 minutes

Containing three of my favorite things (bacon, whiskey, and cheesecake), Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake gives you the best of both worlds - savory and sweet!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 3 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 TBSP caramel sauce
  • 1 TBSP Jack Daniel Tennessee Apple Whiskey
  • 1 TSP lemon juice
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract

Topping

  • 5-6 pieces of crispy, cooked bacon
  • 3 TBSP caramel sauce
  • 1 ½ TBSP Jack Daniel Tennessee Apple Whiskey

Instructions

    Wrap a 9" springform pan with two layers of foil, spray with non-stick spray if needed, and set to the side.

    Use a food processor or blender to grind the graham crackers into fine crumbs. Do not turn into powder.

    Mix the granulated sugar in well.

    Pour the melted butter over the mixture.

    Using a fork, combine until completely moist.

    Press the crumbs into the bottom and partially up the sides of the spring form pan. 

    Place in freezer until ready for use.

    Preheat your oven to 300° F.

    Attach the paddle handle to your electric mixer and combine your cream cheese with the butter, mixing until smooth.

    Add in one egg at a time, thoroughly mixing each one in.

    Beat in the sour cream until just mixed.

    Add sugar and cornstarch.

    Add lemon juice.

    Add vanilla.

    Mix the caramel sauce and Tennessee Apple Whiskey by whisking together, then add to cheesecake filling.

    Remove the graham cracker crust from the freezer and pour the cheesecake filling on top.

    Place the springform pan in a large roasting pan.

    Fill the roasting pan with boiling water to reach at least halfway up the sides.

    Bake for approximately 2 ½ hours, until a rich golden brown color on top. The middle will still be wobbly.

    Shut the oven off and crack the door, allowing the cheesecake to sit for at least 10 minutes.

    Remove the springform pan from the water bath and foil and allow to cool at room temp for another 10 minutes.

    Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.

    Drizzle with caramel sauce and bacon.

    Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/4/2020

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Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake is completely worth breaking any rule for your diet! Containing three of my favorite things (bacon, whiskey, and cheesecake), this is a dessert that gives you savory and sweet!

17 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! This looks beyond fantastic! What a combination! Can’t wait to try it out!

  2. This sounds absolutely amazing! I’m on Weight Watchers, so would only be able to enjoy a tiny slice, but this one is getting pinned and shared!

  3. Yum! For a minute there, I thought the bacon was inside too! Have you tried that? Does that work? LOL

    I have saved this recipe!

    • Oh you definitely can put it in the cheesecake, too! My family prefers a smooth filling but that would add even more delicious bacon flavor!

  4. I would love to enjoy a slice of this and perhaps I will on my birthday. I would suggest that you check the Nutritionix numbers they gave you because they are listing 42g of carbs and 0g of fiber then listing 0 Net carbs. It is my understanding that to get net carbs you subtract total fiber from total carbs. Not that it would slow me down from trying a slice on my birthday but I think they might of made a mistake in their numbers.

    • Definitely give it a try for your birthday — it’s a wonderful treat to indulge in for your special day!! I will check into Nutritionix. I want it to be as accurate as possible!

  5. Just WOW! Shelly. I am hunting down a Graham Cracker substitute here in OZ!
    Jack Daniels I know is available…..
    This is a major piece of cookery in my opinion…..
    If your tastebuds were tired/asleep before making this, I am sure they woke up when it landed on your tongue.
    Hope the cough has been eased by Jack (in the bottle).

    • Thank you!! It was quite a shock to my tastebuds after not being able to taste anything for a couple weeks. My cough is finally starting to get better. I like to mix the Jack with a little local honey and cinnamon. It calms it down quite a bit. Some good alternatives to graham crackers are crushed ice cream cones, cereal, pretzels, oats, or cookies!

  6. Wow! I came across this recipe and now it’s a must try for me. This sounds so delicious and perfect for a homebody kind of day! Thanks for sharing

    • I hope you get a chance to try it soon, Kristen! It’s definitely a perfect boost to these dreary winter days of rain and clouds. Although, I don’t think my jeans like it much.

  7. Oh, I love apple whiskey! This pie sounds absolutely delicious and so cozy. I need a slice of this while cuddled on the couch in a blanket!

  8. Gorgeous! I love a good cheesecake recipe. Pinning this to try later!

  9. Dana Rodriguez

    WHOA! This looks amazing! Thank you for the recipe!!!!!

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