It's the best of both worlds! Rich caramel apples and decadent fluffy spiced cheesecake. This is such an amazing recipe that you have to try. Watch the video tutorial below and subscribe to the channel for great cake and dessert ideas!
Double or triple this recipe for a larger cheesecake. I used a 6" Spring-form pan.
2 lg eggs
8 oz. cream cheesecake
1 C sour cream
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 stick butter
1/3 C whole or 2% milk
1/2 C brown sugar
1 C spiced cookie crumbs
3 graham crackers (into crumbs)
2 tbsp melted butter (for a firmer crust)
Step 1: Cheesecake Batter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a standing mixer: Beat room temperature cream cheese for a couple of minutes until smooth. With a spatula, scrap down the sides of the bowl and beat again. Add the eggs one at a time and mixing for 30 seconds after each egg. Once again scrape down the sides of the bowl, add spices and vanilla extract and mix one last time.
STEP 2: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Thinly slice an apple and set aside. I only used half for this recipe but a whole would've been even better. They cooked beautifully and added a great flavor to the cheesecake that I would've enjoyed more of.
Crust: Crush cookie crumbs, and add butter (optional), combine and add to the bottom of a spring-form pan. Use the bottom of a cup to pat cookie crumbs down into a firm crust. Wrap the cheesecake pan in a piece of foil. Add half of the batter then fill with apple slices and finish with the remaining batter and any the last of apple slices.
I put my 6 in. spring-form pan into an 8 in. cake pan and filled it halfway with hot water. Bake at 325 for about 1 hour or until there is no jiggle when wiggled.
STEP 3: CARAMEL SAUCE AND FINISHINGIn a small sauce pot add all caramel sauce ingredients. Stir and cook on medium heat until smooth.
When the cheesecake has baked and cooled, spoon the sauce over the cake and allow to drizzle down the sides.
I often have caramel apples in my fridge so I sliced one up then and also stuck the stick in the center. Lastly I topped the cake off with chopped peanuts.