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Caramel Cheesecake Recipe

Caramel Cheesecake Recipe

This caramel-topped cheesecake is a divine way to savor the goodness of cream cheese. It always gets rave reviews whenever I serve it to friends and family alike.—Rena Fields, Sackets Harbor, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafers)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, mix wafer crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom and 3/4 in. up sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into prepared crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.
  • 4. In a large heavy saucepan, melt caramels with milk over low heat; stir until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Cool to room temperature. Remove rim from springform pan. Serve cheesecake with caramel sauce. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 352 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein .

Reviews for Caramel Cheesecake

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TrishtheDish1 253444
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"I give the cheesecake 5 stars and the caramel topping 4. The next time I make this, I would make a caramel topping from scratch, no prewrapped caramels! It just isn't as good, or as creamy as what you can make from scratch. As it cooled, it seized up and began to harden and the end result wasn't at all like the photo. I added drizzled chocolate also and made it more of a Turtle cheesecake. Everyone loved it, but I'm my biggest critic...homemade topping next time!"

lovemusic 99889
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"This is so easy to make and delicious! The texture is so creamy and with the caramel sauce, everybody just raved about it! I made it in a 9 inch springform pan and had to bake it close to an hour."

Averysmom7 59350
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"Am i able to make these individually? Meaning in small cupcake mold forms? Pls help it really will help me."

KarenKeefe 33899
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"This cheesecake is one of the easiest and tastiest I have every tried! I also added a chopped Heath bar to the topping. Thank you for sharing!"

bakergirlmd 105872
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"Shake things up a bit with the crust and used crushed biscotti (chocolate, macaroon, or almond)! Also, I double the recipe to achieve a taller cake"

ajb6212 84042
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Very easy to make and tastes excellent! We made this cheesecake for the first time last night and won a cheesecake contest with it today!"

lvarner 76346
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"Yummy! This cheesecake is really good. I love every aspect of it - the crust, the cheesecake filling, and the caramel topping. I often use pecans instead of walnuts because I more typically have those on hand. I have sometimes also drizzled some chocolate syrup or hot fudge sauce over the top of each slice as well, in create a turtle cheesecake-type flavor."

LilaRB 83132
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013


Bikerbabe225 59344
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"Great taste"

choy 35643
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"This is a great cheesecake recipe, turns out great every time."

prcourtney 91549
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"All I can say is, "OH, MY, MY!!!"

Delgar 44003
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"OMG this recipe is outstanding! Someone at my workplace made this recipe and now I'm going to make it myself. The cheescake is savory and the crust is to die for, there's just nothing quite like homemade crust! This one is a keeper."

lbraden 44001
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"I have made this recipe for years and it is resoundingly our family's favorite. I rarely make the caramel sauce as the cheesecake alone is awesome. I also use this crust for any recipe calling for a graham cracker crust as it makes other recipes better. Excellent basic cheesecake. Never fails to impress."

ranson 59343
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011


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