Preheat oven to 350°F. Chop 1/4 cup of the pecans; mix with shortbread crumbs and margarine. Press firmly onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan; refrigerate until ready to use. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream, 1 tsp. of the coffee granules and the vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour into crust.
Bake 1 hour. Turn oven off; leave cheesecake in oven 30 min. Remove cheesecake from oven. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Arrange 12 of the pecan halves around outside edge of cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
Dissolve remaining 1 tsp. coffee granules in hot water just before serving cheesecake. Mix with butterscotch topping in small saucepan; cook on medium-low heat until heated through, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining pecan halves. Spoon over individual servings of cheesecake. Store leftover cheesecake and sauce separately in refrigerator.
You'll know it's a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of this rich and indulgent cheesecake!
How to Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped packages of cream cheese on microwaveable plate. Microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 sec. or until slightly softened.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fiber 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes 16 servings.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.