Thursday, January 26, 2017

Twix Cheesecake

Reblogged from: Hugsandcookiesxoxo

Love Twix Candy Bars? Then this is the cheesecake for you! It starts with the best cheesecake recipe, like ever!  It has a crunchy graham cracker crust. It is topped with an ooey gooey rich layer of 3 minute caramel and a thick chocolate ganache layer. Clearly, this one is not a diet cake! LOL  But, it is perfect for any and every special occasion you will celebrate!  Add some whipped cream when serving and your guests will be loving you up!

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You’ll Need:

9 Inch Spring form Pan
Cheesecake Moat
Large Cake Knife 
  • 1 1 /2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 T sugar
  • 6 T melted butter
  • Four 8-ounce packages PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Combine all ingredients and press into a 9 inch spring form pan.
  2. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Let cool.
  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1 package of the cream cheese, ⅓ cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch together on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl several times.
  2. Blend in the remaining cream cheese, one package at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each.
  3. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat in the remaining sugar, then the vanilla.
  4. Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  5. Beat in the cream just until completely blended.
  6. The filling will look light, creamy, airy, and almost like billowy clouds. Be careful not to over-mix! Gently spoon the batter over the crust. Wrap the sides of the pan in aluminum foil.
  7. Place the cake pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes halfway (about 1 inch) up the side of the spring form. Bake until the edge is light golden brown, the top is light gold, and the center barely jiggles, about 1¼ hours. If the cake still feels soft around the edge, let it bake for 10 minutes more (the cooking time will be about the same for both the 8- and 9-inch cheesecakes). Remove the cheesecake from the water bath, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 2 hours. Chill until cold.
  8. Cheesecake recipe adapted from Junior's
3 Minute Caramel
  • 40 Kraft Caramels, unwrapped of course!
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  1. Combine all in a heat proof bowl and microwave in 1 minute intervals until completely smooth and blended. Stir after each minute.
  2. Let cool a bit.
  3. I used half for the cheesecake and poured the other half into a mason jar for other uses.
  4. (Think ice cream topping, poured over brownies, etc!)

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate bars (not chips)
  1. Heat the cream just to a boil and pour over the chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Lets it 2 minutes.
  3. Stir until all the chocolate is melted!

Twix Cheesecake Assembly
  1. Keep the cheesecake in the spring form pan and make sure it is chilled.
  2. Pour about half the caramel into the center where the center has deflated down a bit.
  3. Chill just to firm up the caramel.
  4. Pour on the chocolate ganache and chill several hours or overnight.
  5. To serve, carefully remove the spring form pan sides.
  6. Cut into slices!
  7. Top with hot fudge if desired!
  8. NOTE-the caramel will ooze out a bit when sliced! If storing in the fridge, place slices on a large plate to catch any extra caramel.
  9. Serve with whipped cream if desired!

Update!!!!  Just when I thought this cheesecake could not get any better, my baking buddy Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake topped it!  She made this for our Two Sweetie Pies feature and forgot to add the layer of caramel …creating a totally different presentation of this cake that I loved!!! She also had the brilliant idea to top the cake with snack size Twix candy bars!!! Genius, especially with all of the Halloween candy I still have laying around my house.  If you choose this version, you may want to serve some caramel on the side or just skip it.  This is one decadent cake-I Hope you enjoy and Liz, thank you for your wonderful tweaks!!!!!  I think I am sticking with them!!! 
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