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Servings: 12-16
2 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies (or 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers may be used)
6 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1 (14 oz.) package caramels
1/2 cup milk
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 oz. semisweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 325°F (160 C), if using a silver 9-inch springform pan (or to 300°F/150°C if using a dark nonstick springform pan). Mix crumbs and butter; press firmly onto bottom and 2 inches up side of pan.

Place caramels and milk in small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Stir in pecans. Pour half of the caramel mixture into crust. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining caramel mixture for later use.

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

Bake 65 to 70 minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around side of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing side of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Microwave reserved caramel mixture on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Pour over cheesecake. Melt chocolate and drizzle over cheesecake. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Makes 12-16 servings.

Date: April 8, 2005


Reviewer:  Gracie
I made this for a bake sale and it was the first item to go. Everyone raved about it and the caramel topping is wonderful.

Reviewer: Tabbitha
I made this for the office Holiday party. It was gone a few minutes after setting it out.

Reviewer: Georgette
This one is a gem! Gooey topping on a delicious cheesecake. Doesn't get any better than this.

Reviewer: Belinda Hill
Sold at a dessert auction for $75. Had to make another one for someone who didn't win the bid, but offered to pay another $75 for. It was that good!

Reviewer: Danielle
Excellent recipe! Easy to put together and got rave reviews from everyone who tried it. I made it with vanilla wafers but will try it with a chocolate crust next time.


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