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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped nuts

Filling

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped, peeled apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Crust: Mix ingredients and press into bottom of pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool.
  4. Filling: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  5. Add eggs and beat on low until combined.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract. Pour over crust.
  7. Topping:Toss apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Spoon over filling.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set.
  9. Cool on rack for 10 minutes.
  10. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen.
  11. Drizzle with 4 tablespoons caramel topping.
  12. Cool for 1 hour.
  13. Chill overnight.
  14. Remove sides of pan.
  15. Just before serving, drizzle remaining caramel topping on top then sprinkle with pecans.

Serves 12.

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