Apple-of-Your-Eye Cheesecake

valentines day, dessert recipes, cheescake recipes, cheesecake

from Taste of Home

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  • prep 20 min    cook 55 min
  • serves 12

Say “I love you” with this sweet Valentine’s Day recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • Filling
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) 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 ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

    How to make it   1 hour, 15 minutes

  • 1

    Combine the first five ingredients; press onto the bottom of a lightly greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; cool.

  • 2

    In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Pour over crust. Toss apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon; spoon over filling. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

  • 3

    Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Drizzle with 4 tablespoons caramel topping. Cool for 1 hour. Chill overnight. Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream. Drizzle with remaining caramel; sprinkle with pecans. Store in refrigerator.


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