Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

caramel pecan cheesecake Cheesecake is one of those divine desserts that is perfect for any occasion. There are plenty of varieties and twists to take with it, but one of my favorites is caramel pecan cheesecake.

This version from Taste of Home is incredible. The sweet and salty, mixed with the rich creaminess is nothing short of decadent. It's simple to make too. It's one of my favorite go-tos when I'm asked to bring dessert for a potluck or other occasion.

  • 2 cups crushed shortbread cookies
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese (softened or cubed), softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 cups (8ounces each) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir 1/4 cup flour into the caramel topping. Set aside 1/3 cup caramel mixture and 2 tablespoons pecans for garnish. Drizzle remaining caramel mixture over crust; sprinkle with remaining pecans.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar vanilla and remaining flour until smooth.

Beat in eggs and yolks just until combined. Stir in cream.

Pour over crust. Bake at 325° for 65-70 minutes or until center is almost set.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream and sugar; carefully spread over warm filling. Bake 10-12 minutes longer or until topping is set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.

Chill for 8 hours or overnight. Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, drizzle with reserved caramel mixture and sprinkle with reserved pecans. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

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