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Coffee Praline Cheesecake

Coffee Praline Cheesecake recipe
photo by:kraft
This praline cheesecake made with brown sugar and coffee is baked in a pecan and cookie crumb crust and served with warm butterscotch-pecan sauce.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
4 hr 50 min
servings
total:
16 servings
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What You Need

1
cup  PLANTERS Pecan Halves, divided
27
 square shortbread cookies, finely crushed (about 2 cups crumbs)
1/4
cup  (1/2 stick) margarine or butter, melted
3
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4
cup  firmly packed brown sugar
1-1/2
cups  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
2
tsp.  MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee, divided
1
tsp.  vanilla
4
 eggs
1
Tbsp.  hot water
1
cup  butterscotch ice cream topping

Make It

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Chop 1/4 cup of the pecans; mix with shortbread crumbs and margarine. Press firmly onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan; refrigerate until ready to use. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream, 1 tsp. of the coffee granules and the vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour into crust.

BAKE 1 hour. Turn oven off; leave cheesecake in oven 30 min. Remove cheesecake from oven. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan. Arrange 12 of the pecan halves around outside edge of cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

DISSOLVE remaining 1 tsp. coffee granules in hot water just before serving cheesecake. Mix with butterscotch topping in small saucepan; cook on medium-low heat until heated through, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining pecan halves. Spoon over individual servings of cheesecake. Store leftover cheesecake and sauce separately in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size-Wise
You'll know it's a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of this rich and indulgent cheesecake!
How to Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped packages of cream cheese on microwaveable plate. Microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 sec. or until slightly softened.
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