Deluxe Caramel Cheesecake #GalentinesDayParty

This Deluxe Caramel Cheesecake made jaws drop. I served this uber-decadent, not for the faint of heart  homemade cheesecake to a bunch of 22-year-old guys and their parents. Those youngsters still have excellent metabolism and swarmed the dessert table!Caramel Cheesecake | A sublime dessert topped with toffee studded caramel sauce

Rich and Gooey Caramel Cheesecake

Over the holiday break, we gathered a bunch of Nick’s former classmates and their parents for a fun reunion. After one bite of my caramel cheesecake, one jokester queried, “Do you have a patent on this?”

I could only laugh. The moms took slivers, the dads raved as they savored each decadent bite, and the boys, who have all been cooking for themselves, did, too.

Caramel Cheesecake | A sublime dessert topped with toffee studded caramel sauce

Galentine’s Day

Today, we’re celebrating “Galentine’s Day,” a holiday made famous by the television show Parks and Recreation. One of the best days of the year, it’s celebrated on the day before Valentine’s Day.

Ladies leave their hubbies to celebrate with their gal pals. And a little indulging is fair game. I brought this deluxe caramel cheesecake to the celebration! Check out what my blogger girlfriends brought to the party!!!

Caramel Cheesecake | A sublime dessert topped with toffee studded caramel sauce

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A huge thanks to Nancy of gotta get baked and  Courtney of NeighborFood for hosting this fun event again this year!!

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Caramel Cheesecake

Serves 12-16 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hour 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins

An outrageously decadent cheesecake that will thrill both cheesecake and caramel fans!


Adapted from Yammie's Noshery via Lick the Spoon

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 2 packages crushed graham crackers)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), melted
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling

  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping (recipe below)
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature

Toppings to garnish the cheesecake

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 1/2 cup chopped Heath bars


    To make caramel sauce:

    1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and syrup. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula.
    2. Once it is caramel colored, remove from heat, add the butter and stir until the butter is melted. Add the cream and stir until it's all combined. Bring it back to the heat if you get clumps and stir it until they're dissolved.
    3. Store in the refrigerator if not using right away. Makes about ¾ cup.

    To make crust:

    1. Preheat the oven to 300º. Combine crust ingredients except the chocolate chips. Press into a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Push all the way up the sides and press in firmly. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
    2. Set the springform pan on a baking sheet (some butter will leak from the pan). Bake for about five minutes or until the chocolate chips are soft. Smooth them out with an offset spatula.
    3. Place it in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

    To make cheesecake:

    1. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream for a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Add the vanilla and caramel and mix well.
    2. Add the eggs one at a time and beat just until incorporated.
    3. Pour into chilled crust. Wrap the exterior of the pan in a double layer of foil and place in a larger pan (I use my roasting pan) filled with an inch or two of hot water. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes in the 300º oven. The center will still be wiggly, but it shall set in the end. Remove from the oven and cool.
    4. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

    To garnish the cake:

    1. Beat the whipping cream and sugar in a chilled bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside to garnish the cake after adding the caramel topping.
    2. Combine the caramel and ½ cup of toffee. Place small spoonfuls of the topping over the top of the cheesecake, then spread using an offset spatula.
    3. Pipe some of the sweetened whipped cream in dollops around the perimeter and garnish with more toffee bits. Slice with a large wet knife for cleaner slices.


    Recipe Notes

    Overnight chilling is not included in total time.
    This recipe was adapted from Yammie's Noshery via Lick the Spoon
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 865kcal Calories from fat 509
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 57g 88%
    Saturated Fat 33g 165%
    Transfat 1g
    Cholesterol 200mg 67%
    Sodium 386mg 16%
    Carbohydrate 84g 28%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 66g
    Protein 9g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g
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    Caramel Cheesecake | A sublime dessert topped with toffee studded caramel sauce

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    1. What a stunning cheesecake! This will definitely be a sweet treat my hubby and kids (aka My Valentines) love! Have a fabulous Valentine’s Day Liz. 🙂

    2. Oh my, Liz, this cheesecake looks crazy good. Totally worth the indulgence!

    3. Oh my goodness, this look impossibly rich and indulgent! Me and my gals could do some serious damage on this cheesecake. So glad you could be a part of Galentine’s Day again this year!


      and omg this cheesecake is so carameliciouuus!

    5. Moderate indulgence would be difficult with this one!

    6. OMG! This cheesecake looks amazingly yummy, I love everything about it, the ingredients, the texture, and the look 🙂

    7. You absolutely must get a patent on this. (I am partial, but I think the Rolos put this over the top, Liz!)

    8. oh my gawd, Liz! this cheesecake!!! all that caramel, heath bar pieces and rolos?! um, yum!!!! by the way, I watched your segment yesterday and loved it! the woman you go on air with (the news anchor) seems really fun and the guy was funny! I loved that you made those brownies!!! and the cheesecake strawberries . . yum!!!

    9. That looks incredibly rich and tempting!

    10. Oh my goodness Liz! This looks amazing. Serve me up a slice right now.

    11. says:

      Wonderful, it’s a very cold, stay in day today. Grat day for Cheesecake.

    12. Liz!!! You brilliant wonderful woman – this cheesecake is what dreams are made of. I can’t get over how gorgeous, decadent, caramel-y ‘n gooey it is! Never have I felt more jealous of your friends and family for getting to enjoy the incredible things you bake. Thank you once again for joining us for Galentine’s Day. It wouldn’t be a party without you! xoxo

    13. Nick has smart pals…You should apply for a patent on this cheesecake! So pretty how you settled the chocolates into puffs of cream =)

    14. Lizzy,
      I don’t celebrate Galentine’s Day but I could eat this whole cheesecake! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    15. Decadent and gorgeous!! Happy Galentine’s Day, Liz!!

    16. Wow, this is a yummy looking cheesecake. I could go for a piece right now!!!
      Lizzy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

    17. I love Parks and Rec, so obviously I love galentine’s day! Such a perfect holiday 🙂 This cheesecake looks perfect to celebrate!!

    18. It’s kind of hard to comment as my mouth is watering!! This cake looks F A N T A S T I C.
      Every bite is a celebration by itself 🙂

    19. OMG!
      I don’t have the metabolism of a 22 year old but I would be ALL OVER THAT!!
      I looks so good, and I LOVE caramel cheesecake, ok I love caramel anything!
      I’m yumming 🙂
      Thanks so much for sharing
      Gourmet Getaways

    20. Oh my goodness, Liz! This cheesecake is the ultimate decadent dessert! It’s breathtaking and I can totally see why it would need a patent! Happy Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day! 🙂

    21. I can imagine the smiles on all those faces, Liz, as they ate your gorgeous cheesecake! Bet they are still talking about it back at home.

    22. FANTASTIC–I bookmarked this the moment the pic came up on my feed. Can’t WAIT to try this–and so glad to be celebrating with you, Liz! You are amazing!

    23. That cheesecake looks totally killer. I am actually watching Parks and Recreation now, at the end season 7 🙁 Will be sad when it ends.

    24. Now this is a cheesecake! Be still my heart!

    25. WOW!! This looks so amazing!! It’s just oozing of caramel and everything seems right in the world with it. Happy belated Galentine’s Day!

    26. I really wish there was a video to this!! I’m bad at just reading instructions 😩😩😞😞
      If there is a video similar to this recipe let me know please!

    27. I made this cheesecake it’s excellent, i also made a video of me making it for those of you who want a bit of entertainment!

    28. Emma Farrell says:

      This looks amazing!! Will be making this soon. I’m from the UK, what is a health bar please? Thank you. Em x

    29. Nicky Rodley says:

      Caramel cheesecake – for us Brits, what is the quantity (in metric, if possible) of the cream cheese, please? I think I can work everything else out.

    30. I found recipe to be very confusing maybe, its just me! This part 2 with the sugar and whipping cream.
      Beat the whipping cream and sugar in a chilled bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
      Combine the caramel and ½ cup of toffee. Place small spoonfuls of the topping over the top of the cheesecake, then spread using an offset spatula. Pipe some whipped cream dollops around the perimeter and garnish with more toffee bits. Slice with a large wet knife for cleaner slices.
      (Am I combining the carmel and toffee in the whipping cream?

      • Hi, Gina,
        I’ll go back to edit so it’s not so confusing. No, you just combine the caramel and toffee. Once you spread that mixture over the top of the cake, you can pipe some of the whipped cream around the perimeter to garnish. Hope that helps!

    31. This looks so amazing Liz!!

    32. This cake looks amazing! I love caramel!

    33. I’m loving Galentine’s celebrations…can we do it more than once a year!! lol!

    34. This looks so decadent!

    35. My running group would LOVE this!

    36. Haha no surprise someone asked if you had a patent on this! This sure is decadent. Pinning!

    37. So I love caramel everything but you know what really made me fall in love with this? The rolos on it!! ahhhh my favorite! Are those rolos? they look like rolos haha.

    38. GOD THIS IS AMAZING! We cannot put into words how excited we are with this recipe! Pinned ASAP!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Liz!!! (Yep, we’re raving)

    39. I’m drooling!!
      I think it’s one of your best cheesecakes, and I must save this recipe. Honestly – i can’t wait to try it!

    40. this looks fabulous cant wait to make it for the family!


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