Caramel- Pecan Cheesecake Bars

These delicious cheesecake bars are topped with a layer of gooey caramel, a drizzle of melted chocolate and chopped pecans.

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I fear I’ve become that “sports-crazed Mom.”  You know, that Mom who actually comes to enjoy watching sports because she’s living in house full of boys?  Yep, I’m one of those.  It’s football season now, and I find myself asking questions like, “When are the Chargers playing this week?” or “How did Aaron Rodgers do today?” and “What food should we make for football Sunday?”  It’s weird because I’d never have guessed in a million years that I’d turn into a football fan.  In any case, it makes Sundays fun around the house, and it gives me an excuse to make munchies.  Sunday’s featured football munchie this week was these: Caramel- Pecan Cheesecake Bars.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars

If you’re a cheesecake lover (then you’re also my best friend), these bars are especially for you.  There is a thin vanilla wafer crust and a thick cheesecake layer.  The bars have a fabulous chocolate and caramel topping with a sprinkle of pecans included too.  After a nice chill in the refrigerator, they cut cleanly into bars and are perfect for a dessert treat.

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Since I’m an extremely avid cheesecake and caramel lover, I’ll include full disclosure here.  I added more caramel to the bars when it came time to serve individual pieces.  They’re especially good with more caramel oozing over the top and down the sides.

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For football Sunday, these Caramel- Pecan Cheesecake Bars were indeed a big hit.  And to answer those questions posed at the beginning of the post:
1.  The Chargers played yesterday and WON their game (phew.  finally).
2.  Aaron Rodgers (QB of the Packers) had a phenomenal game, leading his team to beat the Redskins.
3.  Football Sunday food yesterday included sub sandwiches, these bars, and Chicken Taquitos for dinner.

And if you hate football, don’t worry… you’ll still love these bars :)

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Caramel- Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 24 servings

Prep Time: 20 min + chill time

Cook Time: 40 min

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 50 wafers)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted
Four 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
24 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1 tablespoon water
Three 1-ounce squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Spray the foil and the sides of the pan with nonstick spray.

2. Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press firmly onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Place the pan with the pressed crust into the refrigerator or freezer while you prepare the filling.

3. In a large bowl, use and electric mixer to combine the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until well-blended. Add the sour cream, flour and vanilla; mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour the filling over the crust and spread to make an even layer.

4. Bake 40 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool completely. Place the caramels and water in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until caramels are completely melted when stirred. Pour the warm caramel over the cheesecake; top with the chopped pecans. Melt the chocolate as directed on package (I just put mine in a glass bowl in the microwave for a couple of minutes); drizzle over cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Use a knife to loosen the sides of the cheesecake, then use the foil to gently remove the cheesecake from pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into pieces to serve. Store leftovers in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.

Tips:

*The longer you leave the bars in the refrigerator, the more your caramel will tend to liquify and drizzle off of the bars. If this happens to yours, just microwave a little bit more caramel and drizzle it onto the bars before serving.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (adapted from Kraft)

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42 Responses to “Caramel- Pecan Cheesecake Bars”

  1. 1

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 16, 2013 @ 3:13 AM

    They look great. The thin vanilla wafer crust sounds sooo good! And the topping is like a Turtle candy, deconstructed. Love it!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 16, 2013 @ 3:26 AM

    Sweet goodness, these look heavenly!!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 16, 2013 @ 4:10 AM

    Lori, your bars look divine! I just adore caramel and pecans together…especially with cheesecake!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — September 16, 2013 @ 5:04 AM

    Wow, wow, wow! What’s not to love about all of this deliciousness in one single dessert?! Can’t wait to try these, Lori!

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    Tieghan — September 16, 2013 @ 5:05 AM

    Haha! I know what you mean, I live in a house full of boys. It is snowboard, football, golf, more football and more a lot more snowboard talk all the time. I try and just do the cooking, but I have to say that I have come to like football. It just feels fun and cozy!!

    These bars are picture perfect. I love the crust, the topping and that thick cheese cake layer!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 16, 2013 @ 5:05 AM

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I would have no self control around your cheesecake bars! they look to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jamie @Lifelovelemons — September 16, 2013 @ 5:16 AM

    Obsessed… Look at that filling!

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    Jenny Flake — September 16, 2013 @ 5:41 AM

    Look at these ooey gooey bars of deliciousness! Need :)

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    Julia — September 16, 2013 @ 5:53 AM

    I’m so glad I’m in a house full of girls (and my husband), because I can’t stand football… but I’m sure, if I was in a house of football lovin’ boys, I’d eventually grow to love it. Now the bars, HOLY COW, I am with ya, I lOVE cheesecake and caramel!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — September 16, 2013 @ 6:46 AM

    Lori, these are absolutely amazing! Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than this, with all of my favorite flavors combined in one delicious dessert.

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    carrie@bakeaholicmama — September 16, 2013 @ 8:57 AM

    Love these! I love cheesecake bars, so much easier to whip up when I get a cheesecake craving.

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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — September 16, 2013 @ 9:02 AM

    I’m madly in love with these cheesecake bars, they look so delicious!!

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    Cassie — September 16, 2013 @ 9:51 AM

    These sound incredible, Lori. I love caramel and pecans!

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    Marlene — September 16, 2013 @ 9:52 AM

    These look wonderful, Lori! I buy Kraft caramel bits instead of wrapped caramels for baking; much easier than unwrapping! I found substitution info on the package: 1 cup = 25 caramels.

    • Lori Lange replied: — September 16th, 2013 @ 5:10 PM

      I’ve purchased those before… but I like having those little wrapped caramel around. Plus it gives my kiddo something to do :)

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    Emelreem — September 16, 2013 @ 9:54 AM

    These bars look so good, can’t wait to try! Do you use soft or hard caramels, or does it not matter?

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 16, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

    I have a serious weakness for all things cheesecake! And caramel! And pecan! Yeah, I will have to make these bars!

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    Cookbook Queen — September 16, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

    Lori, I am DYING over these. DYING!!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — September 16, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

    Wow, these bars are over-the-top amazing, Lori!! My sweet tooth is hit just from looking at these!

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    Des — September 16, 2013 @ 2:07 PM

    I had to laugh at your sports loving mom comment. I too am finding that I am asking when the Seahawks are playing and who they are playing. And actually sitting down and watching the game instead of spending the whole time in the kitchen. :) These look fantastic by the way!

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    Barb — September 16, 2013 @ 3:41 PM

    I love cheesecake….especially ones with a thin crust. I bet using a good butter cookie, such as Pepperridge Farms Chessmen would also be a good one for the crust. Since salty/sweet is so popular I think Nut Topping (by the ice cream toppings) would work quite well too. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — September 16, 2013 @ 3:44 PM

    Yum, cheesecake is my favorite and these look perfect!!

  22. 22

    Diane {Created by Diane} — September 16, 2013 @ 3:47 PM

    oh these sure do look FABULOUS!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — September 16, 2013 @ 6:57 PM

    I am SO in love with this recipe. Cheesecake rocks, especially with caramel. And football…my husband wishes I’d get on board. Maybe if he’d stop dieting and eat football snacks like this I would be, ha!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 16, 2013 @ 7:17 PM

    Cheesecake and caramel – do I need anything else?!

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    Joanne — September 16, 2013 @ 7:42 PM

    So…annoying thing. My weirdo boyfriend DOESN’T EVEN LIKE CHEESECAKE! So my hope for making this on a sunday is pretty much ruined. But Monday? That seems like a fairly good time. Or you know. Any day that ends in y.

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — September 16, 2013 @ 8:38 PM

    So I’m sitting here drinking my Sleepytime Herbal Tea…swearing to all the planets that I will not get up and ravage the pantry for a sweet treat. And then this pops up all gooey and delicious and I’ve just lost my willpower. So getting up now to gorge on something that is going to wreck any sense of good eating I’ve had today and Pinning these for later. Darn you. No more football okay?!

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    Maegan @ The BakerMama — September 16, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

    Oh good lordy, Lori! These look amazing!!! I’m a football-loving mom in a house full of boys, as well! These are perfect for game day!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — September 17, 2013 @ 4:22 AM

    Delicious! I love cheesecake. Love the drizzled caramel, pecan and chocolate topping!

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    Becki's Whole Life — September 17, 2013 @ 4:48 AM

    Love caramel and pecans together. When you add chocolate and put them on cheesecake -yum!

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    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — September 17, 2013 @ 7:43 AM

    OMG – these look heavenly!

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    Kate@Diethood — September 17, 2013 @ 6:30 PM

    My good Lawd! That right there is the ultimate fall cheesecake!! Beautiful!

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    Melissa M — September 20, 2013 @ 6:35 AM

    I am absolutely going to make these… just as soon as I get invited somewhere because I cannot have these in my house for too long…. like more than an hour.

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    Donna @The Slow Roasted Italian — October 16, 2013 @ 12:49 AM

    OMG I am completely in cheesecake heaven. Caramel, pecans, cheesecake. Sign me up. We start sports next year (once she turns 4). I can’t wait to be the mom in the bleachers cheering for my munchkin. In the meantime its 2 girls to 1 guy, so aside from Super Bowl we don’t see much sports around here. :)

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    Reese — November 30, 2013 @ 4:46 PM

    I made these today and they looked beautiful but when I tried to cut them into squares the caramel was so hard I couldn’t get the knife through them. :-( What do you think I did wrong?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 1st, 2013 @ 7:41 PM

      It was hard? I’m not sure.. mine was actually very thin, so I have no idea!

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    Christal — December 6, 2013 @ 6:52 PM

    Great recipe..but is the sourcrean required?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 5:59 AM

      You may be able to use yogurt, but since I haven’t tried it I hesitate to recommend it.

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    ladyj3669 — December 26, 2013 @ 9:49 PM

    This looks absolutely delish! Does the cheesecake need to be baked in a water bath?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 27th, 2013 @ 2:53 PM

      No, it does not.

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    Sally R — February 3, 2014 @ 7:34 AM

    I tried making this on Sunday. It’s super yummy and easy – it’s scary! All I needed to do was measure the ingredients and combine them in the food processor. The only change I made was I used walnuts instead of pecans because it’s expensive here in Singapore. Thank you for sharing this. I’m very sure I’ll bake it over and over again.

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    Tracy Beck — April 6, 2014 @ 8:11 PM

    Could not cut these. I wouldnt use cooking chocolate, too much wax. I also would make a caramel sauce. I was very disappointed in the outcome.