Caramel Swirl Cheesecake

A few weeks ago, I went home to visit my parents for their birthday. Yup, they have the same birthday – two years apart. It’s cute. They’re cute.

I told my dad I would make him cheesecake for his birthday and asked him what kind he wanted. His response was “ribbons of decadent caramel in a cheesecake platform.” Whatever that means, right? After some Googling, I selected the recipe below, and it was AMAZING. Although I was informed I didn’t make “decadent enough ribbons” of caramel. We had to drizzle some extra on top when we served it. So make sure you ribbon the caramel with a heavy hand!

caramel swirl cheesecake

Caramel Swirl Cheesecake

From Taste of Home

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut, lightly toasted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and coconut; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Press into a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and ricotta until blended. Add sugar and flour and mix well. Combine cream and vanilla; gradually beat into cream cheese mixture. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Spread filling over crust. Drizzle with caramel topping; gently cut through filling with a knife to swirl.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1-1/2 hours. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
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