Caramel Fudge Cheesecake

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Preparation time: 30 minutes plus cooling
Cooking time: 35 minutes plus chilling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings


•1 package fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
•1 package (14 ounces) Werther's® Original Chewy Caramels
•1/4 cup evaporated milk
•1-1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
•2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
•1/2 cup sugar
•2 eggs, lightly beaten
•2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled


•Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes (leave oven on).
• Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt caramels with milk. Pour over brownie crust; sprinkle with pecans. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in melted chocolate. Pour over pecans. Return pan to baking sheet.
• Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.


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