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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is the day when a majority of the us overcook and overeat; yep I’m in the majority. :)

I start cooking the day before by:

  • brine  the Turkey at least 24 hours (let it sit in Kosher Salt and water),
  • making the chocolate caramel pecan cheesecake,
  • preparing the stuffing (so all I have to do is pop it in the oven with the rolls),
  • making Amma’s fruit salad sauce (Amma is Icelandish for grandma – this is my great grandmother’s recipe),
  • make the ham, olive roll-ups (hmmmm ham, olive roll-ups),

The morning of Thanksgiving, it’s time to prep the Turkey and start baking it to perfection.  Then around 3:30 we start the hard core stuff,  people better stay out of the kitchen cause I’m moving fast to get everything ready at the same time to ensure that it’s served up warm and yummy.  Green beans, potatoes, fruit salad, rolls, dressing all within an hour and a half so dinner can be on the table by 5.

How long does it take everyone to eat it?…. 20 minutes; 2 days of prep and cooking demolished in 20 minutes or less…but my Cheesecake I get to dine from for days…:)

I hope you try and enjoy one of my favorite all-time desserts (I make it for Christmas Day too – best breakfast food ever :) ): Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake.   I’ve had this recipe since college written on a recipe card, so I have no idea where this recipe came from…and over the years I’ve made my own tweaks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Unknown
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10-12
This is one of my all-time favorite desserts. Like most cheesecakes, this one takes some time and prep, but is worth every bit of it.
Ingredients
  • Crust
  • 2 cup Vanilla Wafer Crumbs
  • 6 tbs Parkay Butter, melted
  • 2 tbs Sugar
  • 2 tbs Chopped Pecans, toasted[br]
  • [b]Cheesecake[/b]
  • 1 14oz bag Kraft Caramels
  • 1 5oz can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans, toasted
  • 2 8oz package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate chips, melted[br]
  • [b]Whipped Cream[/b]
  • 1 pt Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
Instructions
Crust:
  1. Combine vanilla wafer crumbs, melted butter, 2 tbs toasted pecans, 2 tbs sugar and press into the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes[br]
Cheesecake:
  1. In 1/2-quart heavy sauce pan, melt caramels with Evaporated Milk over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth.
  2. Pour over cooked crust.
  3. Top with toasted pecans.
  4. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla at medium speed until well blended.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Blend in chocolate.
  7. Pour/dollop and spread over pecans.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  9. Loosen cake from rim of pan: cool completely before removing rim of pan.
  10. Chill, then slice.
Whipped Cream
  1. After the Cheesecake is sliced, beat Whipping Cream and add 1/4 Sugar while beating until stiff.
  2. Pipe onto Cheesecake and top with additional finely chopped pecans, if desired.
Notes

To get smooth cuts in the cheesecake; [br]
run the knife under hot water,
wipe dry/clean
slice,
repeat

 

  • November 27, 2012, 1:40 pm

    This sounds divine!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 19, 2014, 5:49 pm

    It looks just incredible, and so beautiful on the table. I’m excited for next week’s festivities!

  • Rachel @RunningRachel
    November 19, 2014, 6:06 pm

    Oh my yum!! This recipe looks delicious! :)

  • Ashley T
    November 19, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Looks like I’ve found another delicious recipe! Pinning for later, I’m so excited about it.

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick
    November 19, 2014, 7:13 pm

    I seriously just drooled on my keyboard. Oh my yum! Thanks, too, for the tip on how to get the smooth cuts in the cheesecake. I’ve always wondered how that was done!

  • November 19, 2014, 7:50 pm

    You’ve combined my two absolute favorites, chocolate and pecan pie. This sounds heavenly.

  • shopwithmemamakim
    November 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

    Wow! Another great recipe to pin for next week! Looks so good!

  • Doodle741
    November 19, 2014, 8:01 pm

    That cheesecake sounds AMAZING! I’d have to leave the nuts out but I am going to make this!!

  • Stephanie Keeping
    November 19, 2014, 9:00 pm

    This looks just amazing!! I wish I had a piece now.

  • Kimberly Grabinski
    November 19, 2014, 9:03 pm

    So, you are totally invited to my house for Christmas…please bring on of these :)

  • Crystal
    November 19, 2014, 11:25 pm

    Plain cheesecake is delicious. But with the chocolate, caramel, and pecans this sounds so amazing. I would blow everyone away if I brought this to Thanksgiving.

  • Jennifer H
    November 20, 2014, 7:35 am

    That looks so good! It’s perfect for turkey day too!

  • Amy Edmiston
    November 20, 2014, 7:39 am

    All those flavors together would make an interesting combination. Love caramel and pecans! And of course cheesecake! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Robin Gagnon
    November 20, 2014, 8:16 am

    OMG, this sound divine. All my dessert faves rolled into one!

  • moscatomom
    November 20, 2014, 9:01 am

    We do Thanksgiving LUNCH here – so I HAVE to prep ahead or I would have to be up at 2am LOL That cheesecake looks amazing! I might have to have that to reward myself for getting it all done lol

  • Valerie Remy-Milora
    November 20, 2014, 10:59 am

    I LOVE hosting Thanksgiving at home and we usually make it a late lunch so we have time for a hike after eating and then room for leftovers ;-) That pie looks scrumptious!

  • SippyCupMom
    November 20, 2014, 11:46 am

    What a delicious combination of ingredients! This looks so good!

  • Amy @GrinCheek2Cheek
    November 20, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Looks so yummy! I’m not hosting thanksgiving this year (Which I thought I was going to be, so yay me!) but this would be a great one to bring!

  • Audrey Watters Holden
    November 26, 2014, 9:55 am

    We do an early Thanksgiving dinner here, because it’s just the three of us this year, but that doesn’t stop me from going all out. My sister loves pecans and cheesecake and I think I’m going to send her this link because she doesn’t like pumpkin pie and I think she’d drool over this; will be perfect for her!