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Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake

 Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake
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
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs;

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Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • Bake at 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.
  • Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream. Drizzle with
  • remaining caramel; sprinkle with pecans. Store in refrigerator.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 282 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 189 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.