Why is caramel only used as a drizzle on cheesecake that's already flavored with something else? My mother is a huge fan of caramel and a hater of chocolate, so I created this variation on regular cheesecake for her birthday.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
3 hrs 25 mins
total:
4 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 8-inch cheesecakes
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Unwrap 1 package of caramels and place them into a large glass bowl; add water. Microwave on high power, stirring once, until caramel sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes. Let cool a bit, about 5 minutes, so it doesn't cook the cheese or eggs when you add them.

  • Add cream cheese and vanilla extract to caramel sauce and beat together using an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing just until blended; do not overblend batter as it will introduce too much air into the cheese mixture and will cause the cake to crack as it bakes.

  • Pour batter evenly between the pie crusts. Melt remaining caramels in a microwaveable bowl in a microwave, in 10-second increments, 30 seconds to 1 minute total. Drizzle on top of pies, dragging a knife across the lines of caramel to marble the cake.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the centers are almost set, about 40 minutes. Let cool, 20 to 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, to overnight if you can.

Cook's Note:

You can alternatively use 1 cup caramel spread, which requires no other preparation.

Nutrition Facts

377 calories; protein 6.6g; carbohydrates 37.6g; fat 23.2g; cholesterol 83.1mg; sodium 330.8mg. Full Nutrition
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