Pecan Coconut Cheesecake a La Mode

2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs
1/2 cup melted margarine
2 tablespoons sugar

2 cup shredded coconut
Three 8-oz. packages cream cheese
1-1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs

1/2 cup coconut, for garnish
1/2 cup chopped pecans, for garnish
Whipped cream topping, for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 325F. Cooking time: 50-60 minutes. Mix together crust ingredients; press into springform pan. Refrigerate until chilled -- approximately 20 minutes. Mix together filling ingredients and beat until fluffy. Pour into chilled crust. Bake at 325F for approximately 50-60 minutes. Test by inserting toothpick into center; fillings is done when toothpick comes out clean. When done, garnish with pecans and coconut. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Add whipped cream topping.

Serves 8-10

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana