My husband’s birthday was on Monday. When I asked him what he wanted for a dessert, his only request was something with caramel and pretzels. I love that sweet and salty combination and immediately thought of a cheesecake. He liked that idea and I started thinking up different flavor variations.
Of course, the first cheesecake that I thought up contained chocolate. We all know that chocolate, caramel, and pretzels is a great combination! However, since my husband isn’t a fan of chocolate, I figured I would make a dessert without chocolate in it. . . it was his birthday after all. 😉
Despite not having chocolate, the combination of creamy cheesecake and crunchy pretzels combines to make one highly addictive dessert! The crust is a combination of pretzels and graham crackers that is topped with a rich layer of salted caramel. The vanilla cheesecake layer evens out the richness of the caramel and is perfect with a drizzling of more salted caramel right before serving!
- 1¼ C crushed pretzels
- ¾ C crushed graham crackers
- ¼ C sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ½ C butter, melted
- ⅓ C butter
- ¾ C brown sugar
- ⅓ C half and half
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 (8 oz) packages ⅓ of the fat cream cheese, softened
- ½ C sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Stir together graham cracker crumbs, crushed pretzels, sugar, salt, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch pie plate.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- In a medium saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and half and half. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Lower heat to medium and cook for 7-8 minutes until mixture thickens. Stir in salt one minute before finished cooking. Make sure to whisk occasionally to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- While caramel is cooling, prepare cheesecake. In the bowl of a stand mixture, beat together cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and beat until mixture is smooth.
- Spread all but ¼ cup of caramel over the top of cooled crust. Spread cream cheese mixture over top. Even top with a spatula.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until center is set. Transfer to wire rack and bring to room temperature. Move cheesecake to refrigerator and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
- Drizzle with remaining caramel right before serving.
This recipe is linked with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday.