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Desserts

Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake recipe
photo by:kraft
This glorious Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake looks like special-occasion fare, but it only takes 20 minutes to prepare for the oven.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
6 hr 30 min
servings
total:
16 servings
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What You Need

16
 graham crackers, finely crushed (about 2 cups)
6
Tbsp.  butter or margarine, melted
35
 KRAFT Caramels
1/4
cup  milk
1
cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans
3
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4
cup  sugar
1
tsp.  vanilla
3
 eggs
1
oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Make It

HEAT oven to 325°F.

MIX graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and 2 inches up side of 9-inch springform pan.

MICROWAVE caramels and milk in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 to 2-1/2 min. or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Stir in nuts. Reserve 1/2 cup caramel mixture for topping; drizzle remaining caramel mixture over bottom of crust. Refrigerate 10 min.

BEAT cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour into crust.

BAKE 1 hour 5 min. to 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours.

TOP with reserved caramel mixture just before serving. Melt chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over cheesecake.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Enjoy a serving of this cheesecake on special occasions.
Note
If using a dark nonstick springform pan, reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
How to Easily Drizzle Melted Chocolate
Melt BAKER'S Baking Chocolate as directed on package. Use a teaspoon to drizzle chocolate back and forth over dessert in desired design. Or, spoon melted chocolate into small resealable plastic bag; press out excess air and seal bag. Cut small piece (about 1/8 inch) from one of the bottom corners of bag. Use bag to drizzle chocolate over dessert.
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