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Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake Recipe

Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

cleaninggirl4u User ID: 5507080 203466
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"Loved this, would make again and again :)"

hassall User ID: 4339582 31661
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Made this cheesecake for Easter dinner,

very easy to make, delicious, everybody
loved it."

herosquad User ID: 2340275 27423
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"This is my husband's favorite, although I cut some of the sugar in it. I've made it with Splenda, as well, and it turned out excellently. I use Granny Smith apples for a tarter experience."

tmyers User ID: 1612302 91124
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"wonderful! my sister who hates cheesecake gobbled this up! it's easy prep and great combination of apples/caramel. I will definitely make this again."

tjarman User ID: 4401443 27421
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"Oh WOW! easy to make and absolutely delicious! I failed to follow the instructions on making the filling - I threw everything in and started mixing. But it still came out beautifully! I used gala apples since those were the ones we had on hand - my family likes the sweet apples. My kids haven't gotten a taste of the cheesecake, but my husband and I have. Absolutely delicious!"

Michelle90 User ID: 5194543 38823
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Cheesecakes never turn out for me. Apple-of-Your-Eye Did:)!!!! This was easy and delicious, and For Sure will make it again. Next time double it, as I ran out last time..."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 51635
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"The problem with this cheesecake is that even people who claim to not like cheesecake, like this one. I'm always asked to bring this one to potlucks--it's excellent, but, well, I like to try new recipes. See if you have this problem.LOL"

nursechef User ID: 4715518 38819
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"This recipe is fabulous! Brought it into work and it was completely destroyed. I highly recommend using granny smith apples. The tartness against the sweetness of the caramel and creamy cheesecake was perfect. Will probably make this for fourth of july and Thanksgiving for now on."

stephjamie2008 User ID: 4483299 84505
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"This was the first cheesecake i have ever made and it was so easy. My husband also said it was the best cheesecake he has ever had"

traysea509 User ID: 1591581 38781
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"I have made this cheesecake for almost every holiday or outing. It is a terrific recipe. Even those that do not care for cheesecake, find it very good!"

forsmiley User ID: 4247876 38044
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2009

"I haven't tried the recipe yet and plan on making them soon for my Pastor, I'm curious as to what kind of apple did you use for this one? "

elaswell0607 User ID: 3360258 51633
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"this does sound good."

debrahunt User ID: 4187493 38039
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"this was a delicious cheesecake, my family loved it!!

(and it actually does tell you to bake @ 350, for the crust, then says to leave the oven on)
I omitted the nuts for allergic reasons & it was amazing, will definitely use this one again!!"

zucchini lady User ID: 2608427 72236
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"in reading the recipe/does not tell the temp. of the oven- just assume it is 350??

sounds heavenly!"

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