Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

December 1, 2019

Directions

For the Crust: In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs, ground pecans and butter. Press into bottom of 9-inch cheesecake pan or springform pan with 3-inch sides, and freeze.

For the Filling: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt caramels in evaporated milk, stirring frequently, until smooth. Reserve about 3 tablespoons; cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining caramel mixture over frozen crust, spreading evenly and leaving a 1/2-inch border uncovered. Sprinkle chocolate chunks over caramel. Set aside.

In a mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, sour cream and sugar on medium-high speed until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Fold in chopped pecans by hand. Pour filling over frozen crust, smoothing out to sides of pan.

Bake in 350-degree oven until top is light brown and center has a slight jiggle to it, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before decorating or serving.

For the Decoration: Reheat reserved caramel mixture in the microwave or in a small saucepan over low heat until melted. Drizzle over cake.

Recipe and photo from The Cheesecake Bible (Second Edition): 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More by George Geary.

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs, store-bought

1/4 cup pecans, toasted and ground

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Filling

1 cup soft caramels

2 tablespoons evaporated milk or whipping (35%) cream

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chunks

1 pound cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

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