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Caramel Fudge Cheesecake

It's hard to resist this chocolaty cheesecake with its fudgy crust, crunchy pecans and gooey layer of caramel. I combined several recipes to create this version that satisfies both the chocolate lovers and the cheesecake lovers in my family. —Brenda Ruse, Truro, Nova Scotia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1-1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

Directions

  • Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes (leave oven on).
  • Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt caramels with milk. Pour over brownie crust; sprinkle with pecans.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in melted chocolate. Pour over pecans. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cool. Remove sides of pan.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 635 calories, 38g fat (13g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 369mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.
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