Caramel Fudge Cheesecake Recipe
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Caramel Fudge Cheesecake Recipe

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It's hard to resist this chocolaty cheesecake with its fudgy crust, crunchy pecans and gooey layer of caramel. I combined several recipes to create this version that satisfies both the chocolate lovers and the cheesecake lovers in my family. —Brenda Ruse, Truro, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1-1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled


  1. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes (leave oven on).
  2. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt caramels with milk. Pour over brownie crust; sprinkle with pecans.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in melted chocolate. Pour over pecans. Return pan to baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Fudge Cheesecake in Quick Cooking December 2000, p31

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Michelle User ID: 8981698 257809
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"I've been making this cheesecake for about 17 years, at least once a year for my husband's birthday. I often send one to work with him, too. Someone else has said it already, but the recipe that came in my magazine did call for two ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate, in addition to the unsweetened chocolate. For anyone having problems with raw brownie, make sure you are using enough for ONLY an 8" pan. Most mixes provide enough batter for a 9?13 pan. If you still have trouble, try baking without a baking sheet underneath. I have never used one, it always comes out delicious! I also like to fill a Ziploc with the filling, pipe it around the edges, pour in the caramel, then pipe the remaining filling over. This helps keep the pan cleaner and prevents caramel from dripping out so much."

tralod9 User ID: 3997903 254397
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"I made this last night and it also came out with the brownie being raw. Your cooking time can not be correct. Could someone advise on how long the brownie should be cooked? Really wanted to make this for daughter's team dinner."

GerryH9 User ID: 8853825 247968
Reviewed May. 8, 2016

"This is the worst recipe you have ever put out. 20 minutes is NOT ENOUGH TIME TO bake THE BROWNIE. Either a misprint or not tested thoroughly. The ingredients for this are expensive and to have to throw this runny , sloppy mess in the trash after all that work is really upsetting."

CherylShumaker User ID: 2231606 225306
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"Absolutley delicious! I made this for Easter (and actually made it gluten free) and had people request the recipe so they could make it the next day for a get-together!"

SharonMinks User ID: 7249451 45994
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"This was absolutely family raved over it...and even though my brownie was not completely done...that was the best part because of the fudginess! I will definitely be making this again!"

jpfjjf2 User ID: 5466968 73776
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"I was very disappointed. This was made for a Christmas party and when I pre-cut the cheesecake before the party, I found the brownie crust was still raw! I am not an inexperienced baker so I'm not sure why everyone else raved about this recipe. Fortunately I had some cookies on hand to take to the party."

mpertler User ID: 6313046 45992
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I made a big mistake to cheat. I tried to substitute caramel for caramel ice cream syrup. BAD move! This was very good. Took it to work for a birthday. Everyone of course loved it. Can't go wrong with chocolate."

[email protected] User ID: 4036087 33643
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Very good ! Next time I will cook the brownie just a little longer and maybe not use quite as much caramel. It was a hit at the birthday today"

GRAMMAJG User ID: 1015410 105646
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"well I made this today have not tasted yet looks good but tried to take off pan bottom and caramel started to run out,but it looks delicious and my hubby likes choc and so do my grandkids so I'm sure it will get eaten up in a flash!!"

dardar2002 User ID: 3749507 82058
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"This looks so good, I should have had the recipe yesterday, to serve at my dinner party.

But never the less, I will be trying this soon."

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