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Old 10-07-2005, 11:59 AM   #1
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Caramel Cheesecake Bars- TNT

1 1/2C crushed vanilla wafers
1C chopped pecans, divided
1/4C butter, melted
4 pkgs(8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1C sugar
1C sour cream
3Tbsp flour
1Tbsp vanilla
4 eggs
1/4C caramel ice cream topping


Preheat oven to 325. Line a 13x9 baking pan with foil, leaving 3 inches of foil extending over short sides of pan. Make handles by crunching up extended foil. Grease prepared pan. Combine wafer crumbs, 1/2C pecans, & butter. Press firmly onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate until needed.

Beat cream cheese & sugar with electric mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until well blended. Add sour cream flour, & vanilla, mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over cold crust.

Bake 45 min. or until center is almost set. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Lift out of pan onto cutting board, using foil handles. Drizzle with caramel topping & remaining 1/2C pecans. Cut into 32 bars, store in refrigerator.

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Old 10-07-2005, 12:03 PM   #2
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Looks scrumptious Crews! I can almost smell them baking. Ummmm, failing the vanilla wafers what do you suggest as a decent substitute?
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:13 PM   #3
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I'd say grahram crackers if you don't have or can't get vanilla wafers. I could sit & eat these all day!
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:27 PM   #4
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I was hoping you'd post this recipe! It's another one that DH would go nuts over. He wants to loose 10 more pounds before the baby is born, though, so it may have to wait 'till Christmas.
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Old 10-07-2005, 01:08 PM   #5
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Oh my. I am drooling. Unfortunately I would have to omit pecans if my youngest were to eat these. Thanks crewsk.
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Old 10-09-2005, 06:09 PM   #6
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I'd say grahram crackers if you don't have or can't get vanilla wafers. I could sit & eat these all day!
Thanks Crews, lol, funny thing is (if I sound like a broken record here and people are getting the urge to hit me with a cast-iron frying pan, I apologize) neither vanilla wafers or graham crackers are to be found in Ireland, so when it comes to cheesecake crusts I use "digestive biscuits" (cookies). I think I'll try it with those, orrrrrrr do you think that shortbread cookies would work? (Or would they maybe burn too easily?)
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No need to apologize at all! Since the oven temp is fairly low & the baking time not really that long, I think shortbread would be fine. What are "digestive biscuits"? You kinda lost me on that one.
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Hi crews, thanks...now that I have your nod for shortbread I'll have to make them that way!

Digestive biscuits are what I've seen as "tea biscuits" in Canada - a bland sort of dry cookie that looks a bit like an arrowroot baby cookie, but does not contain arrowroot. Quite popular on this end, lol, but I prefer the digestive biscuits with chocolate on them (or sometimes we spread Nutella on them instead)
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Thank you !!

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1/4C caramel ice cream topping
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I just love the way this recipe sounds! I was looking for something special for tonight's meal, this is it!

Now is there any way to make the caramel ice cream topping you recommend? all the stores are closed today, as it's our holiday Monday here.

Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2005, 11:22 AM   #10
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IGA would be open Jocelyne, is there one near you? Otherwise, if you have a can of Eagle Brand condensed milk you can set it in a pan (double boiler is better) and let it bubble away until it is golden. That is how I make caramel topping. Its great!
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