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Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Many of us cheesecake lovers thoroughly enjoy the taste of plain cheesecake. There are, also, times when I want just a little something to accentuate the pure flavor and chocolate(of course) and caramel drizzled over the top satisfies this craving

Ingredients

For 4 people

Recipe

  • 2 cup(s) chocolate water cookies, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1/3 cup(s) butter or margarine, melted
  • 15 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup(s) plus 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup(s) chocolate chips
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup(s) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
  • 3 eggs

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine crushed cookies, sugar and melted butter, mixing well. Press into the bottom and up the sides 1-inch of a springform pan. Refrigerate. Meanwhile, make filling. In a small saucepan, add the caramels and 3 tablespoons milk. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric hand or table-top mixer on high, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, until all 3 have been combined well.
  3. Preheat oven to 325-degrees F. Remove chilled crust from refrigerator and pour cheesecake filling into crust, spreading evenly. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until the center is just barely done. Remove from oven to cool to room temperature.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and remainder of milk in a microwavable bowl. Cook, on high, for 1 minute, removing to stir until smooth. If there are still lumps, continue heating in microwave in additional 15-seconds increments until smooth when stirred. Remove from microwave; set aside.
  5. Pour or drizzle melted caramel and melted chocolate over the top of the cheesecake and refrigerate until completely cool before unmolding, slicing and serving.
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