Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake Recipe
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Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake Recipe

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My most-often-requested dessert, this exquisite cheesecake with apples, caramel and pecans wins me more compliments than anything else I make. My husband's co-workers say it's too pretty to cut...but agree it's well worth it to do so. -Debbie Wilson, Sellersburg, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 16 squares)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 282 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the crackers, sugar, pecans and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a lightly greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Pour over crust. Toss apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon; spoon over filling. Return pan to baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Drizzle with 4 tablespoons caramel topping. Cool for 1 hour. Chill overnight.
  4. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream. Drizzle with remaining caramel; sprinkle with pecans. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake in Taste of Home February/March 2000, p29

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nanagreen User ID: 6864091 256312
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"I've made many, many cheesecakes for my grown kids and their families, but they claim this is the best one ever, ever! I must admit it's amazingly yummy and I will make it again, and again."

Brenda MH User ID: 4949513 238151
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"I'm not a huge cheesecake fan, but this one is superb. An absolutely lovely dessert."

HSArnot User ID: 5987838 233792
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015


Raederle User ID: 7742216 91212
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"This is one of the best cheesecakes I've ever eaten! I love the apple topping, and the fact that it is not too rich or sweet. This is definitely tops!"

evanblove User ID: 5410230 76314
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"This receipe started our love of making cheesecakes. I won a baking contest at church with this recipe. It was fun watching the judges asking for seconds!"

TWeddle User ID: 6864463 203467
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"Another keeper! I make this recipe for many occasions, my son asks for this in lieu of a traditional birthday cake. Additionally, I will have to say, when I make this for our church action every fall it brings in the highest bid almost every year!"

terik82 User ID: 4217085 29460
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012


bluetigereyes2 User ID: 1073120 22325
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"This is one of the best and easiest cheesecake recipes. I make this when I need to take an impressive dessert to a get together. Its always a hit"

Ruby Irene User ID: 1889596 51642
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"Apple and Caramel pair together beautifully."

cleaninggirl4u User ID: 5507080 76273
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"One of my favorite cheesecake recipes! the pecan crust is especially good!"

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