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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

We're huge fans of a gingersnap crust—especially when there's caramel involved. But if you're not a fan of the spiced cookie, graham crackers would work well too.

Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 30 mins
Total Time: 9 hours 0 mins

Caramel Apple Cheesecake


For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

For the cheesecake:
  • 4 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. lightly packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 c.sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

For the topping:
  • 3/4 c. apple cider
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. cold butter
  • 2 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Pinch salt
  • Toasted pecans, chopped
  • Caramel sauce, for drizzling


Make crust:

Preheat oven to 325° and grease an 8" or 9" springform pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together gingersnaps, sugar, butter, and salt.

Press mixture into prepared pan and ⅓ up sides, packing tightly.

Make cheesecake:

In a large bowl using a hand mixer beat cream cheese and sugars until no lumps remain. Add eggs, one at a time, then stir in sour cream and vanilla. Add flour and salt and beat until just combined, then pour mixture over crust.

Wrap bottom of pan in aluminum foil and place in a large roasting pan. Place in oven then pour boiling water in roasting pan about halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake until center of cheesecake only slightly jiggles, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Turn off heat, prop open oven door, and let cheesecake cool in oven, 1 hour. 

Remove foil and refrigerate cheesecake for at least 5 hours and up to overnight.

Make topping:

In a large skillet over medium high heat, bring apple cider, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened and reduced by almost half. Stir in butter, then add apples and salt cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Spoon apple mixture over cooled cheesecake then drizzle caramel on top and sprinkle with chopped pecans.


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