English Toffee Cheesecake

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  • 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup English toffee bits (such as Skor)
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 32 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 ounces chocolate-covered English toffee (such as Skor or Heath bars), cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted candies (such as gumdrops and holiday M&M's)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Add butter; stir until moist clumps form. Press mixture over bottom and 1 inch up sides of 10-inch-diameter springform pan.
  3. Bake crust until just set, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  5. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until blended.
  6. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, blending well after each addition.
  7. Beat in both extracts. Pour half of mixture into prepared crust; sprinkle with toffee pieces. Pour remaining mixture over.
  8. Bake until edges are puffed but center is barely set, about 55 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare topping. Mix sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract in medium bowl until smooth. Pour topping over hot cheesecake.
  10. Bake cake until topping is just set, about 5 minutes.
  11. Transfer to rack; cool 10 minutes.
  12. Run knife between cake and pan sides.
  13. Chill cake uncovered overnight.
  14. Remove pan sides and place cake on platter. Garnish top with candies.

Prepare this cake a day ahead.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 767 Calories; 55g Fat (63.4% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 61g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 208mg Cholesterol; 433mg Sodium

Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 10 1/2 Fat; 3 Other Carbohydrates

Source: Bon Appetit, December 2000