Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake with Kahlúa
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
(10 cracker rectangles)
¼ cup butter, melted
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar
3 (8-oz.) packages cream
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
¼ cup Kahlúa coffee liqueur
(or brewed espresso)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping For Kahlúa Whipped Cream
1 cup whipping cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
1½ Tbsp. Kahlúa coffee liqueur (or
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Cinnamon for dusting (optional)
Make Cheesecake 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Wrap bottom tightly with foil. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1 Tbsp. sugar in a bowl until well combined. Press into bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared springform pan. Bake 8 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
2. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add remaining cup sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in sour cream, liqueur, and vanilla. Pour into cooled crust. Set springform pan in a roasting pan; pour enough hot water into roasting pan to reach halfway up sides of springform pan. 3. Bake 1 hour. Prop oven door open slightly and let cheesecake rest in oven 15 minutes more. Run a knife around edge. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature, then cover with a paper towel and plastic wrap.
Chill at least 8 hours or up to 3 days. Spread top with thin layer of caramel topping.
Make Kahlúa Whipped Cream
4. Up to 3 hours before serving, beat whipping cream in a large chilled bowl with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in powdered sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. (It’s OK if you overwhip a little here.) Fold in liqueur and vanilla with a rubber spatula. Pipe or spoon around edge of cheesecake. [We piped alternating dollops with and without a star tip.] Dust whipped cream with cinnamon (if using).
PER SERVING: 536 CAL; 37g FAT (21g SAT); 7g PRO; 42g CARB; 0.6g FIBER; 325mg SODIUM; 28g SUGARS
“If you love chocolate, make this a mocha cheesecake by stirring 8 ounces melted
semisweet chocolate into the batter. Heavenly!”
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