Melissa's Cuisine: Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Can you believe it's August already?  I don't know where this summer has gone!  We've had a great summer, I just wish it wasn't nearly over.  Soon we'll be enjoying the crisper temperature of fall weather, along with delicious caramel apples--the inspiration for this cheesecake!

When Tina announced that this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge was Cheesecake, I was in luck.  I knew exactly what recipe I was going to make--in fact, I had already made it! 

I am typically in charge of making dessert for our Sunday dinners with my parents.  The Sunday that I made this dessert, we had dinner with my parents and Mike's parents, so I chose to make a fancier dessert than I typically would.
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Everyone really enjoyed this cheesecake.  I loved the crunch of the apples on top, and the sweetness of the caramel topping.  This is a recipe I'll definitely be making again!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Serves 12-14

You will need:
2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3 eggs
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large apple, diced
1/4 cup caramel ice-cream topping

1.  In a small bowl, combine the crushed vanilla wafers and butter.

2.  Press into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9" springform pan.

3.  Place pan on a baking sheet and bake the crust at 400 for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and set pan on a wire rack to cool.

4.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.

5.  Add the sugar and flour to cream cheese and mix well.

6.  Add in the eggs; beat on low until just combined.

7.  Stir in heavy whipping cream and vanilla.

8.  Pour filling into crust.  Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, until the center is almost set.

9.  Cool the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Then run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the crust.  Cool for 1 hour.

10.  Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight.

11.  Before serving, remove the sides of the pan.  Garnish with diced apples and caramel sauce.

Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Slightly adapted from: The Taste of Home Cookbook

You can check out the other recipes I've made as part of the Crazy Cooking Challenge:
Double Coconut Fried Chicken--July 2012
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothies--June 2012
Pizza Grilled Cheese--May 2012
Giant Streusel Topped Bluebery Muffins--April 2012
Spaghetti with Apple Tomato Sauce--March 2012
Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake--February 2012
Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles--January 2012
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge--December 2011
Garlic Mashed Potatoes--November 2011
Chocolate Chip Cookies--October 2011
Beer and Bacon Mac and Cheese--September 2011

Don't forget to click on the thumbnail picture for my recipe to vote for me! :)  Thank you :)

42 comments:

  1. My husband is a caramel apple-aholic. Definitely have to make this one for him :)

    Stopping by from CCC #18 - I pinned, tweeted, stumbled, and FB'd your cheesecake :)

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  2. This cheesecake looks awesome! My younger daughter would love this!

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  3. I love the caramel-apple. Definately a recipe I bookmaring for Fall. ♥

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  4. So simple and lovely! Yum ♥

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  5. Love the caramel sauce and fresh apples on this! Perfect complement to cheesecake.

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  6. LOVE caramel apple anything! Definitely making this in the fall. -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

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  7. Oh yes! A very delicious taste of Fall. Gorgeous!

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  8. What a great fall recipe! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

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  9. Oh my goodness!! This recipe looks and sounds delicious! I can't wait to make this!

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  10. Yum! I love caramel apple flavored desserts. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Stopping by from CCC #35

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  11. Hi Melissa, this recipe looks like the perfect fall cheesecake with fresh picked apples. I'll be gaining lots of weight after I bake and eat all these yummy recipes.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Joanne

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  12. This looks great! My husband loves caramel apples so this would be a huge hit with him! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  13. This makes me think of fall and cool weather! Caramel apples are delightful and the only thing to make them even better is to couple them with cheesecake! Yikes!! CCC #13

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  14. I am so adding this to my list of recipes to use in September after apple picking :) thank you for stopping by my cheesecake (#44 in the CCC)

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  15. This is one gorgeous cheesecake...and you reeled me in the the caramel! Definitely a winner! Liz #48

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  16. MMmmm, crisp apples and creamy cheesecake?? Yes please!!

    Thanks for stopping by my CCC entry, #65 {Individual Biscoff Cheesecakes}!!

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  17. LOVE the apples in this cheesecake! Looks amazing! #55

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  18. Wow it look so delicious!
    Thanks for stopping by my entry #58

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  19. OH this is the perfect recipe for fall! I can't wait to make this for the fall bday's!

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  20. What a great flavor combination and your cheesecake looks so very delicious!

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  21. Melissa,
    I am a huge cheesecake fan and have been wanting to try Caramel Apple. Your recipe sounds wonderful. Vanilla wafers make good crusts.

    I made Rolo Cheesecake.

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  22. This cheesecake looks delicious! I have never had apples on the top of my cheesecake, I can't wait to try this! Stopping by from CCC#12.

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  23. Looks wonderful and I love the caramel apple flavor, yum.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  24. Gorgeous cheesecake!I think caramel and apples are the perfect combination, no matter what time of year! Love it! Thanks for stopping by #22.

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  25. Looks incredible! Thanks for stopping by #46.

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  26. What an amazing recipes! I would never have thought of vanilla wafers as an ingredient for cheesecake! This sounds like an absolutely wonderful fall recipe! I can't wait to make and share this!

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  27. It's looks great, it's on my pinterest to do list :-)
    thanks for visiting! #45

    greetz marina

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  28. I am not a big fan of carmel apples unless they are on a stick but this sure looks beautiful!! CCC #53

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  29. How pretty! Perfect for fall, although I'm with you: not ready yet!

    #4

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  30. Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    What a fantastic cheesecake! I love all of the beautiful apple pieces (so pretty with the skin left on)!

    Stopping by from Crazy Cooking Challenge #59 – I pinned and tweeted your cheesecake!

    Amber
    http://thecookssister.wordpress.com

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  31. Wow! What a pretty cake! And the pieces of apple are small enough that they won't overwhelm the caramel. Thanks for sharing this.

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  32. What a great cheesecake! Sounds perfect for the fall, too! :) #66

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  33. OH WOW! I love the look of your cheesecake!

    Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

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  34. Thanks so much for stopping by (#34). This sounds so wonderful for Fall!

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  35. I made an apple cheesecake too. Your cheesecake perfect. I love the cheesecake with the apples, it is something really different. #76

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  36. Yum! I never would have thought tout Carmel and apple with cheesecake. Hmmmm. Now I'm trying to think of an excuse to make this soon. Pinning!! (and following your blog)

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  37. apples and cheesecake - hello yummy

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  38. Great and unique looking cheesecake
    Sounds wonderful :)

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