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Desserts

Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake

Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake recipe
photo by:kraft
This amazing pumpkin cheesecake starts with a spicy gingersnap crust and gets even better—thanks to a drizzle of warm caramel and a sprinkling of pecans.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
6 hr
servings
total:
16 servings

What You Need

1/2
cup  chopped PLANTERS Pecans, divided
38
 gingersnaps, finely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/4
cup  butter or margarine, melted
4
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
cup  sugar
1
can  (15 oz.) pumpkin
1
Tbsp.  pumpkin pie spice
1
tsp.  vanilla
4
 eggs
25
 KRAFT Caramels
1/4
cup  milk
1
cup  whipping cream, whipped

Make It

HEAT oven to 325°F.

CHOP 1/4 cup nuts finely; place in medium bowl. Add gingersnap crumbs and butter; mix well. Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan.

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add pumpkin, spice and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.

BAKE 45 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours.

MICROWAVE caramels and milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until caramels are completely melted, stirring every 30 sec.; spoon over individual servings of cheesecake. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Serve with whipped cream.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
The winning flavor combination of pumpkin, caramel and pecans makes this delicious cheesecake one that's sure to win raves when served at your next special occasion.
How to Test Cheesecake Doneness
To avoid overbaking a cheesecake, check for doneness at the minimum baking time by gently shaking the pan. If the cheesecake is done, the edge should be slightly puffed and it will be set except for a small area in the center that will be soft and jiggly. Do not insert a knife into the center as this may cause the cheesecake to crack during cooling.
How to Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
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