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:
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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.
  • [b]Crust[/b]
  • 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
  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]
  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.
[b]Whipped Cream[/b]
  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.

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


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  • http://thenuthousefive.blogspot.com/ Jensamom23

    This sounds divine!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

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

  • Rachel @RunningRachel

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

  • Ashley T

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

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick

    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!

  • http://kidthings.net/ C @ Kid Things

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

  • shopwithmemamakim

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

  • Doodle741

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

  • Stephanie Keeping

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

  • Kimberly Grabinski

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

  • Crystal

    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

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

  • Amy Edmiston

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

  • Robin Gagnon

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

  • moscatomom

    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

    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

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

  • Amy @GrinCheek2Cheek

    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

    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!