Pumpkin Macadamia Cheesecake

I am making this for Thanksgiving – along with pumpkin pie and something chocolate ….

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I had an old recipe for pumpkin cheesecake that used a pre made graham cracker crumb pie tin (I told you it was old!) I did some experimenting and I came up with this easy and much tastier alternative: fresh graham cracker crumbs , butter and macadamia nuts. I added my latest favorite ingredient – Torani Caramel Sauce – and the results are amazing!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup melted unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided

1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts

16 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

2 large eggs

Torani Caramel Sauce (find it here: http://www.webstaurantstore.com)

fresh whipped cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter in microwave, then stir in graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and macadamia…

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