Friday, March 25, 2011

Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake



If you love a certain coffee drink at Starbucks, you will love this dessert. But, you don't need to love coffee to love this - it has caramel and chocolate too, surely you love one of those? It's creamy, decadent and delicious. And it requires no baking, which makes it a wonderful addition to my summer dessert repertoire.

Start by making the crust. Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until they're finely ground. (Or use a rolling pin and work out your aggression!) Add the melted butter



and pulse to blend. Press on the bottom of a greased 8 or 9 inch springform pan.



Put the pan in the freezer while you make the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the coffee and the chocolate chips



and then cover with boiling water.



Let stand a minute or so to melt, then add the caramel topping



and whisk well to combine. Let cool for 10 minutes, and proceed on! Sprinkle the gelatin over water in a small saucepan.



Let stand for 1 minute, then stir over low heat for 2 or 3 minutes until gelatin completely dissolves and the liquid is clear. Whisk this into the coffee mixture.



Now combine the cream cheese and sugar



in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Reduce the mixer to low speed, and beat in the coffee mixture until well blended.



Pour the filling into the crust



then cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight, until firm.



When you're ready to serve, make the topping. In a small mixing bowl combine the whipping cream



and caramel sauce



and beat until soft peaks are formed when beaters are lifted. Place the cake on a serving plate and remove the side of the pan.



Spoon caramel cream on top of the filling



and carefully spread to cover.



Drizzle on the remaining caramel topping.



Yum!



Find more ideas at A Themed Baker's Sunday, Foodie Friday, Friday Food, Food on Fridays, Sweet Tooth Friday, What's Cookin' in the Kitchen, Fun with Food Friday, Recipes I Can't Wait to Try, Fat Camp Friday, Let's Do Brunch, Sweets this Week, Sweets for a Saturday, Mangia Mondays.

Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake

18 chocolate sandwich cookies
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup instant coffee
1/2 cup plus 4 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 packet unflavored gelatin
3 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese (or reduced fat), softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

Coat a 8 or 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray.

Pulse cookies in a food processor until finely ground; add butter and process to blend. Press over bottom of prepared pan. Place pan in freezer while proceeding.

Put chocolate chips and coffee granules in a small bowl and cover with 1/2 cup boiling water. Let stand 1 minute to dissolve coffee and melt chocolate. Add 1/2 cup caramel topping and whisk to blend well. Let cool 10 minutes.

Meanwhile sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water in a small saucepan. Let stand 1 minute. Cook and stir over low heat 2 to 3 minutes until gelatin dissolved completely and liquid is clear. Stir with a whisk into coffee mixture.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Reduce speed to low and beat in coffee mixture until well blended. Pour into crust, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight, until firm.

When ready to serve, beat whipping cream and 2 Tbsp. caramel topping until soft peaks form. Place cake on a serving platter and remove side of pan. Spoon caramel cream on top of cake and carefully spread to cover. Drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp. caramel topping over top. Serves 12-16.

17 comments:

  1. Oh how I love cheese cake! Your recipe sounds wonderful.

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

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  2. This is fabulous and I could make it and I think, I will do just that, as soon as possible. It looks so good.

    If you have a moment, would you link it to Let's Do Brunch at my blog. It would make a great dessert for our brunch table.

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  3. This sounds sooo yummy! I'm a big fan of this certain drink too;)

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  4. This looks so amazing! I'm drooling!!

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  5. Sara, this looks so sinful!!!! Yummy :)

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  6. *gasp* i just died & went to dessert heaven. this looks so.delicious. i would probably eat the whole thing... just sayin'.

    thank you so much for linking up to mangia mondays!

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  7. What an insanely delicious cheesecake! The drink I can leave or take - but the cheesecake I would never be able to resist!

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  8. That is one beauty of a cheesecake. Anything drizzled in caramel can't be anything but yummy. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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  9. That looks really good, I can't wait to try it :)

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  10. I love cheesecake!!

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  11. This looks so rich and decadent! I love a good cheesecake. Thanks so much for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

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  12. What a wonderful cheesecake. I love coffee, caramel and chocolate so it suits me perfectly! It would make a lovely dessert at any brunch. Thank you for linking it up to Let's Do Brunch, and I hope you will come along and link up again today.

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  13. I love when you can combine two of your favorite things, that looks delicious!

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  14. Congrats! You were featured on this weeks A Themed Baker's Sunday! All the treats looked so delicious I wasn't able to rank them this week. Hope you come back for next week's theme which is Cakes! It starts tomorrow and ends next Saturday night! See ya!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/05/themed-bakers-sunday-6.html
    Alyssa

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  15. Great tutorial! I'd love for you to link this up to my sweet treats party this weekend! Hope to see you there :)
    Ashton
    www.somethingswanky.com

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  16. I can only imagine how wonderful this tastes!

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