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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This apple cheesecake won the grand prize in an apple recipe contest. With caramel both on the bottom and over the top, every bite is sinfully delicious. —Lisa Morman, Minot, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (about 8 whole crackers)
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, cook and stir caramels and milk until melted and smooth. Pour 1 cup over crust; sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans. Set remaining caramel mixture aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1 tablespoon flour and remaining sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Combine the apples, cinnamon and remaining flour; fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour into crust.
  • Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake for 40 minutes. Reheat reserved caramel mixture if necessary; gently spoon over cheesecake. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until center is just set. Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 446 calories, 26g fat (13g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.
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  • Sabrina
    Nov 29, 2019

    This is honestly one of the most fantastic cheesecakes I have ever made and eaten. My family was blown away by it, I can’t believe how delicious and perfect it turned out. Keeping this recipe forever!

  • H
    Oct 13, 2019

    This cheesecake is Amazing. I did change a few things. My sons favorite nut is pistachio so I used those, the green and pink from them was elegant and beautiful. I also used a few honey graham crackers in with the cinnamon graham, and I went with the suggestion from another review to up the amount of nuts and caramel. Definitely a hit, I will be making this every apple season.

  • Angie
    Nov 25, 2018

    Just made this as my flavor of the month I like to share with my friends, family, and co-workers for no other reason than sharing my love of cheesecake building. My goodness, the flavor in this is absolutely exquisite, and delightfully fresh and light..not too heavy, and not overly sweet. Only thing i changed, is making more than called for caramel/pecan stuff, but I love the extra. Definitely will be added into my cookbook as a regular build..wow..

  • Thomas
    Apr 21, 2018

    Greatest caramel cheesecake ever!

  • candy
    Mar 5, 2018

    My whole family loved this!

  • LifefromScratch
    Nov 21, 2017

    This was amazing!! and super simple to make! It made for a thinner cheesecake in terms of height. I was expecting it be like 3 inches high (first time I ever have made cheesecake) and it was about an inch. Which may be completely normal. lol I'm making it for Thanksgiving in a few days and am going to double the filling to get a more new york size cheesecake. :)

  • Howard
    Nov 19, 2017

    Came out great but the crust was soggy. Any idea how to prevent this?

  • Capfred
    Nov 8, 2016

    I have made this many times and everyone LOVED it.

  • louben68
    Dec 19, 2015

    its the second time I made this and will make it again, I decided to make my own caramel sauce and it turned out pretty awesome

  • borchter
    Dec 12, 2015

    I'd like to make this ahead for Christmas dinner. Can I freeze it?