Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cookie crumbs (vanilla, shortbread, snickerdoodle, etc.)
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter (may be less depending on cookie used)
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons caramel syrup flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup caramel topping
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Whipped cream with hint of cinnamon
  • Caramel

Instructions

  1. One hour before preparing, take cream cheese and eggs out of the refrigerator and cover to warm to room temperature.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees F with one rack in middle and other rack on lowest shelf. Wrap a 9-inch springform pan in a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil, mist with nonstick spray and line bottom and sides with parchment paper circle and 3-inch strip.
  3. Add butter to cookie crumbs a little at a time only adding enough butter until mixture stays formed when pressed by spoon. (All mixing is done at lowest speed and watched carefully and done quickly as not to over beat causing cracks and deflating.)
  4. With a 5-quart mixer, blend cream cheese and sugars on lowest setting just until smooth.
  5. Add two eggs and when incorporated, stop mixer and scrape the sides.
  6. Again, on lowest speed, add one at a time: the last egg, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel flavoring and butter.
  7. Add 1/2 cup caramel topping and heavy cream just until blended. Pour half of batter into pan, drizzle remaining caramel topping on top, and cover with the rest of the batter.
  8. Place pan on middle rack in center of oven. On lowest rack place an oven safe dish or pan around 8 x 11 inches and at least 2 inches deep filled with water. Bake for one hour.
  9. Turn off oven and let stand for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove and cover with kitchen towel on counter and let stand another 30 minutes before placing in refrigerator for AT LEAST 5 hours (overnight is much better).
  11. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzled caramel.