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Caramel Fudge Cheesecake

It's hard to resist this chocolaty cheesecake with its fudgy crust, crunchy pecans and gooey layer of caramel. I combined several recipes to create this version that satisfies both the chocolate lovers and the cheesecake lovers in my family. —Brenda Ruse, Truro, Nova Scotia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
  • 1 package (14 ounces) 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 large eggs, room temperature, 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 until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in melted chocolate. Pour over pecans. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cool. Remove sides of pan.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 635 calories, 38g fat (13g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 369mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.
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  • sjacnsmith
    Oct 4, 2020

    This recipe is admittedly rich but the slight bitterness of the chocolate cream cheese layer off-sets the sweet of the chocolate crust and caramel layers and we find ourselves wanting more! We omit the pecan layer in our family.

  • familyoffaith3
    Feb 17, 2020

    Made this for Hubby! It gets better every day. Don't change a thing.

  • Michelle
    Dec 7, 2016

    I've been making this cheesecake for about 17 years, at least once a year for my husband's birthday. I often send one to work with him, too. Someone else has said it already, but the recipe that came in my magazine did call for two ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate, in addition to the unsweetened chocolate. For anyone having problems with raw brownie, make sure you are using enough for ONLY an 8" pan. Most mixes provide enough batter for a 9?13 pan. If you still have trouble, try baking without a baking sheet underneath. I have never used one, it always comes out delicious! I also like to fill a Ziploc with the filling, pipe it around the edges, pour in the caramel, then pipe the remaining filling over. This helps keep the pan cleaner and prevents caramel from dripping out so much.

  • tralod9
    Sep 21, 2016

    I made this last night and it also came out with the brownie being raw. Your cooking time can not be correct. Could someone advise on how long the brownie should be cooked? Really wanted to make this for daughter's team dinner.

  • GerryH9
    May 8, 2016

    This is the worst recipe you have ever put out. 20 minutes is NOT ENOUGH TIME TO BAKE THE BROWNIE. Either a misprint or not tested thoroughly. The ingredients for this are expensive and to have to throw this runny , sloppy mess in the trash after all that work is really upsetting.

  • CherylShumaker
    Apr 23, 2015

    Absolutley delicious! I made this for Easter (and actually made it gluten free) and had people request the recipe so they could make it the next day for a get-together!

  • SharonMinks
    Mar 17, 2014

    This was absolutely family raved over it...and even though my brownie was not completely done...that was the best part because of the fudginess! I will definitely be making this again!

  • jpfjjf2
    Dec 23, 2013

    I was very disappointed. This was made for a Christmas party and when I pre-cut the cheesecake before the party, I found the brownie crust was still raw! I am not an inexperienced baker so I'm not sure why everyone else raved about this recipe. Fortunately I had some cookies on hand to take to the party.

  • mpertler
    Dec 9, 2013

    I made a big mistake to cheat. I tried to substitute caramel for caramel ice cream syrup. BAD move! This was very good. Took it to work for a birthday. Everyone of course loved it. Can't go wrong with chocolate.

  • butterworth1119
    Sep 26, 2013

    Very good ! Next time I will cook the brownie just a little longer and maybe not use quite as much caramel. It was a hit at the birthday today