Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake recipe at marissabaker.wordpress.com

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

I made this cheesecake for a potluck last week. It is my favorite cheesecake for fall, and also works well as a winter dessert. Since trying it with this oatmeal crust, I’ve stopped using graham crackers at all for this cheesecake. This crust works well for other fruit cheesecakes and can be used with a New York style cheesecake.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake recipe at marissabaker.wordpress.com

Crushing up almonds for the crust

Crust

1-1/2 cups quick oats, uncooked

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake recipe at marissabaker.wordpress.com

No need to butter the pan — this crust doesn’t stick

Combine, mix well and press into 9-inch spring-form pan.

Filling

2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

Caramel Apple Cheesecake recipe at marissabaker.wordpress.com

Be careful when spreading the batter. It sometimes pulls up the crust if moved around too much.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing at low speed after each addition. Pour over crust.

Topping

4 cups peeled apples, thinly sliced

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Caramel Apple Cheesecake recipe at marissabaker.wordpress.com

Sprinkle the topping evenly

Toss apples with combined sugar and cinnamon. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with pecans.

Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Drizzle with caramel ice-cream topping just before serving.

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