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Smart-Choice Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Bars
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Smart-Choice Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Bars

6 Hours
15 Min Prep
6 Hr Cook
Caramel, pecans and cheesecake...what more could you want from a dessert? Oh yeah—chocolate. We didn't forget: A chocolate drizzle tops the tasty bars.
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32 servings
Original recipe yields 32 servings
1 cup PLANTERS Pecan Pieces, divided
50 reduced-fat vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream
3 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. vanilla
4 eggs
24 KRAFT Caramels
1 Tbsp. water
3 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
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Let's Make It
1
Heat oven to 325°F.
2
Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Reserve 1/2 cup nuts. Finely chop remaining nuts; mix with wafer crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3
Beat Neufchatel and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add sour cream, flour and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
4
Bake 45 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely.
5
Microwave caramels and water in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until caramels are completely melted when stirred. Pour over cheesecake; top with reserved nuts. Melt chocolate; drizzle over cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use foil handles to remove cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.
Kitchen Tips
Small Changes Add Up
Small ingredient substitutions, such as reduced-fat vanilla wafers, PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese and BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream, result in a savings of 40 calories and 5g of fat per serving when compared to a traditional recipe.
Easy Microwave Melting of BAKER'S Chocolate
Microwave BAKER'S Chocolate to be used in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec.; stir. Microwave 30 sec. more; stir. Continue heating and stirring in 10-sec. increments until chocolate is completely melted.
Substitute
Substitute 1 cup KRAFT Caramel Bits for the KRAFT Caramels.
Nutrition
Calories
210
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
17%
Saturated Fat 7g
35%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
17%
Sodium 180mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
7%
Dietary Fibers 1g
4%
Sugars 15g
30%
Protein 5g
10%
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
Makes 32 servings.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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