A friend of mine always made this for her holiday party. This Caramel -Brownie Cheesecake is so yummy - a great Southern Living recipe from one of their Christmas cookbooks. I made it for my teachers this past week and I love it. One of my daughters was home... and she thought it was amazing! I highly recommend this - if you like cheesecake!
Caramel-Brownie Cheesecake (adapted from Southern Living)
1 3/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 (14 oz ) pkg of caramels ( I used an 11 oz bag)
1 5 oz can evaporated milk ( since less caramels, only used 4 oz of can)
2 cups coarsely crumbled cake-like brownies (purchased or homemade)
3 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 8 oz container of sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
garnishes - optional - caramel topping, whipped cream
Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and butter - stirring well. Press mixture firmly in bottom and 2 inches up sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Combine caramels and evaporated milk in a small heavy saucepan - cook over low heat, stirring often, until caramels melt. Pour caramel mixture over crust. Sprinkle with crumbled brownies. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually add brown sugar - mixing well. Add eggs, 1 at a time beating just until blended. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Pour batter into prepared crust Bake at 350 for 50 - 60 minutes or until cheesecake is almost set. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Remove sides and garnish if desired.