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PREP: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 13x9 square baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, making sure it hangs over on all sides, so it’s easy to remove later, set aside.
CRUST: In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, ⅓ cup sugar, and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. Make sure all the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a baking pan in an even layer and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow for it to cool while you prepare the filling.
FILLING: Beat the cream cheese and the remaining 1 cup of sugar together for a minute until smooth. Then, add the eggs + yolks, one at a time, waiting a few seconds, and allowing each egg/yolk to incorporate before adding the next. Add the sour cream, then add the vanilla extract and continue to mix for a few additional seconds. It's okay if the batter has a few small lumps. When mixed, pour the cheesecake mixture over the graham cracker base and bake for 40-42 minutes or until the cheesecake is set and not wet. Mine was just barely jiggly in the center, and that’s perfect.
PECAN PIE LAYER: Add the butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to boil while you stir it continuously. When boiling, whisk in the heavy cream and allow for the caramel mixture to cook for 4 minutes on medium-high while you whisk continuously. Remove the pot from the heat and pour in the vanilla extract and stir in the pecans. Then, continuously stir the pecan pie mixture for 5 minutes. Pour the prepared pecan pie layer over the cheesecake and let cool completely to room temperature. Allow the bars to cool in the refrigerator for several hours (ideally overnight), so they are completely set. Remove by gently lifting the parchment and place on a clean flat surface. Cut them into bars and serve!