Caramel Cashew Cheesecake

For a special finale to a holiday meal, this impressive dessert is a sure bet. Prepare it the night before in only 25 minutes.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 9 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 16

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups finely crushed cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (16 squares)
1/4
cup butter, melted
4
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4
cups packed brown sugar
1/4
cup whipping cream
2
teaspoons vanilla
1
cup caramel topping (from 12-oz jar)
4
eggs
1
cup miniature chocolate chips
1
cup whipping cream
1/2
cup cashew halves
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Wrap outside of 9-inch springform pan with foil. In small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs and butter with fork until well blended. Press firmly against bottom and up sides of pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in 1/4 cup whipping cream, the vanilla and 1/4 cup of the caramel topping. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour over crust in pan.
  • 3 Bake 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes or until cheesecake is set 2 inches from edge and center is slightly jiggly. Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Let cheesecake remain in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 30 minutes at room temperature. Cover; refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • 4 In small bowl, beat 1 cup whipping cream with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Remove side of pan. Top individual servings with whipped cream; drizzle with remaining caramel topping. Sprinkle with cashews.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    540
    (
    Calories from Fat
    320),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    36g
    36%
    (Saturated Fat
    21g,
    21%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    145mg
    145%;
    Sodium
    330mg
    330%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    46g
    46%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    38g
    38%
    ),
    Protein
    8g
    8%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    25%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    10%;
    Iron
    10%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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