Taffy Apple Cheesecake Pie

I prepare this dessert many times during apple season. But it’s actually great for any occasion. The pie combines the fabulous flavors of caramel apples and cheesecake. —Leona Rothbauer, Bloomer, Wisconsin

8-10 Servings

Prep: 55 min.

Bake: 35 min. + chilling

Ingredients
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons butter
5 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
21 caramels
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 unbaked deep-dish pastry shell (9 inches)
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, chopped
2 cups whipped topping

Directions

•In a large skillet, combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and butter. Cook over
medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
Add apples. Cook, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until apples are
tender, stirring occasionally; drain and set aside.

•In a large heavy saucepan, combine caramels and cream; cook over low
heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; keep warm. In a
large bowl, beat the cream cheese, remaining brown sugar, vanilla
and 1/2 teaspoon pie spice until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed
just until combined.

•Stir half of caramel mixture into apples. Pour into pastry shell.
Combine pecans and chocolate chips; set aside 2 tablespoons for
topping. Sprinkle remaining pecan mixture over apples. Fold
remaining caramel mixture into cream cheese mixture. Spread over
pecan mixture.

•Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.
Remove foil; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool
on a wire rack. Chill for 30 minutes.

•Combine whipped topping and remaining pumpkin pie spice; spread over
pie just before serving. Sprinkle with reserved pecan mixture.
Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece equals 501 calories, 29 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 222 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Source: www.tasteofhome.com/recipes

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