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1.02.2013

Caramel Toffee Cheesecake



Cheesecakes are my favorite dessert. Of. All. Time. Problem... I am the ONLY on in my house that likes it. I know... I married a weirdo and have strange picky kids. Cheesecake... they don't like cheesecake!

For my husband's holiday party at work a couple weeks ago, my husband announced that he needed to bring something in for the pot luck. I had nothing to whip up on a whim... except a crap ton of cream cheese in the fridge.

Cream cheese is one of those items I buy weekly, but often forget how much we have left in the fridge. I tend to buy too much... a pack here and there adds up to 5,6,7  a stock pile of packages in the cheese drawer in my fridge. I actually have a drawer usually filled with just blocks of cream cheese.




Being that is all I really had to work with for a holiday treat... I made a cheesecake!

This cheesecake is dense, rich, sweet, slightly tangy and perfect in every way. The top was baked with tons of little pieces of heath bar bits, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate. I just had to sneak a slice in before sending it to the holiday party... Instead of sending it whole... I sliced it up into individual servings.... leaving one slice out for me to photograph, and of course EAT!



Caramel Toffee Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tbs sugar
1/2 cup melted butter

 Cake:

5 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese at room temp
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
6 eggs
2 cups of Heath Bar toffee bits

Toppings:
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1 tbs of heavy cream
Caramel- 2 tbs of of butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbs of heavy cream

Directions:
 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a 9-inch springform pan with vegetable cooking spray. Wrap the outside of the pan with aluminum foil. (This will keep water from getting in while the cheesecake bakes in a water bath.) Have a large roasting pan ready that will hold the springform pan.

In a medium bowl combine graham crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well mixed. Pour into the prepared pan and press into an even, compact layer, going slightly higher (about 1 inch) on the sides. Chill until filling is ready.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar and mix on high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly and scraping sides of bowl with a spatula after each addition.

Pour batter into prepared spring form pan. Pour 2 cups of toffee chips on the top. Using a spoon, lightly mix the toffee into the batter. You just want to spread it into the top of the cheesecake.
Place pan in the larger roasting pan (like a turkey roaster) and fill with hot water about halfway up the side of the spring form pan (but not above the foil).

Bake 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 325. Continue to bake for about 30-40 more minutes. It is done when it is evenly browned on the top and slightly giggles. (if it cracks it is overcooked). Open oven door and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for about another 15-30 minutes. Remove and cool to room temp, run a sharp knife around the edges then refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours.
To make your toppings. In a double boiler or small pan over low heat add in chocolate and cream mix until smooth. Set aside.

For the caramel, add your ingredients to a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Mix continuously until smooth and the sugar has completely dissolved. 

Drizzle chocolate and caramel over the top of the cheesecake. Slice and serve.


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41 comments:

  1. That cheesecake is insane looking! Like so insane I want to smother myself in it...LOVE all that caramel and toffee on top! Cheesecake is one of my favorites too...I can't be stopped around it:-)

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    1. Seriously.... I can't have the stuff in my house. I am notorious for a midnight snack... can't count how many times I devour a slice at 3am. Cheesecake is dangerous.

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  2. Carrie, this cheesecake looks freaking amazing! I seriously need to borrow your baking skills for a day so I can make these delicious treats!

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    1. Thanks! Give yourself more credit... you can bake!

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  3. I'm so sorry that you're all alone with your cheesecake love! I know it's hard. I'm all alone with my sweets love. My husband would rather eat vegetables. It's horrifying. And I'm the same with cream cheese. I normally have 6 - 8 packages in there at once. You just never know when you might have to make two cheesecakes!

    This looks fantastic! And the Heath bits. Yum!

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    1. My husband doesn't have a big sweet tooth either! And so glad I am not the only one who hoards cream cheese!

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  4. My husband's favorite desserts are toffee and cheesecake so this is the perfect blend for him!

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  5. Ahh Im the only one in my house that likes cheesecakes too! So I hardly ever make them because I don't want it to go to waste! :( This sounds incredible though!

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    1. Only crazy people don't like cheesecake!

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  6. This looks insanely good and I don't like cheesecake! :)

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    1. You crazy girl... cheesecake is the bomb.

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  7. I have a solution to your cheesecake issue - I'll just move in and you and I can enjoy cheesecake together ;) Caramel Toffee Cheesecake sounds fabulous! I could snack on this cheesecake all day long!

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    1. OH my seriously come be my roomie... I'll kick these guys out and we can eat cheesecake all the time!

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  8. My family won't eat it either. I would happily sit with you and devour this with a fork. Then we can go count our blocks of cream cheese together - I am also a cc hoarder!

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    1. What is wrong with these families! Come to NH... we can have a cheesecake party. No kids or husbands invited.

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  9. PINCH ME. Is this real? I could eat the entire cheesecake. By myself. No joke. But if you want, I'll share with you, when can I come over :)

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    1. I can eat a whole one too! This is why I hardly make them... I will eat it all!

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  10. I don't know if I'd bother cutting this cheesecake into pieces... just hand me a fork! YUM!

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    1. Haha. It's tempting to just dive right in!

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  11. caramel and toffee. Amazing. this cheesecake is screaming my name, Carrie! And what is SO funny is that my boyfriend HATES cheesecake too. I honestly thought everyone loved cheesecake? Oh well, more for me. I might need a larger pant size. :)

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    1. Ok your BF and my Husband are crazy.... this is good stuff. How can you NOT like it?

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  12. Happy New Year Carrie! This looks incredible...def not on my 3 day detox...but it's a good thing I needed an excuse to hold off on that for one. more. day. Happy New Year!

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    1. Your doing a detox!? Good for you... I like cake too much to even try haha. Happy New Year Jess.

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  13. Who in their right mind doesn't like Cheesecake?! I mean HONESTLY! haha This is fantastic Carrie :)

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    1. Seriously... I think my kids were switched at birth. Crazy...

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  14. Carrie, to say this looks divine is an understatement. WOW! And can I tell you that you're totally awesome for stockpiling cream cheese? It's an item that's always welcome in my refrigerator. Happy New Year! May there be plenty more cheesecakes for you in 2013.

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    1. Happy New Year! May you have lots of cheesecakes this year as well !!

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  15. Oh my gosh, this is absolutely divine. I am such a sucker for caramel and toffee. Turn those into a cheesecake and it's heaven on a plate.

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    1. Thanks Kim! I am such a sucker for toffee stuff too....I am known to just snack on the bag of Heath bits!

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  16. ummm i love cheesecake of any kind. I don't discriminate!

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  17. Oh this would not last more than a day in our house! We'd have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert! =)

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  18. This looks like such a scrumptious cheesecake.

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  19. Hey is your husband crazy? marry me marry me! This looks amazing and so easy to do! Found a nice recipe on hubpages it is a baked cheesecake but i tried it without the eggs and just put it in the fridge, keep up the good work, http://nuffsaidstan.hubpages.com/hub/NUTTY-CHOCOLATE-TOFFEE-CHEESECAKE

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  20. I want to go all Golden Girls on this! NOMS!!

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  21. Looks yummy! What can I use as a substitute for the vanilla bean paste? I want to make this for my hubby's 50th birthday this weekend!!
    --Faithy

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