Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

“I’m originally from Paraguay, and dulce de leche reminds me of where I came from. If you can’t find it at your grocery store, try caramel ice cream topping instead. It tastes different, but this decadent dessert will still be amazing.” —Sonia Lipham, Ranburne, Alabama
 
16 Servings
Prep: 40 min.
Bake: 1 hour + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 35 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (13.4 ounces) dulce de leche
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder

Directions

  • Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of prepared pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  • Beat in the milk, flour and vanilla.
  • Add eggs; beat on low speed just until Click here to find out more!combined. Pour into crust.
  • Pour dulce de leche into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at 50% power until softened.
  • Drop dulce de leche by tablespoonfuls over batter; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  • Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
  • Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chips; stir until smooth.
  • Stir in chili powder.
  • Spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan.

Yield: 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 468 calories, 28 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 104 mg cholesterol, 327 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.
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