Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

The salted caramel topping has a lot to do with the sheer deliciousness of this cheesecake. This sauce is the bomb! I was surprised by how easy it was to make. If anyone remembers my trials and tribulations with my Cinnamon Sugar & Caramel Snack Mix where I had to make that caramel sauce, like, 5 times- this sauce is not that. This was 100% perfect on the 1st try.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Ingredients:
Sauce-
  1. 1 cup granulated sugar
  2. 6 tbsp salted butter, cut into 6 pieces
  3. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  4. 1 tsp salt

Cake-
  1. 1 cup Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  2. 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  3. 3 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  4. 1 (14 oz) can sweetened, condensed milk
  5. 3 large eggs, room temp
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 cup mini chocolate chips (plus more for topping)
  8. sea salt (optional-for topping)
Directions:
  • Make the caramel sauce- in a small saucepan, heat sugar over medium heat. Use a heat-resistant spatula to continually stir the sugar. It will start to melt and from brown clumps. Keep stirring! Once the sugar is melted, add the butter. Be careful to keep stirring as the caramel will bubble up when you add the butter. Stir the butter until completely melted, 2-3 minutes. Continue stirring as you slowly drizzle the cream in. Keep stirring again, because the caramel will bubble up again when you add the cream. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute, then remove pan from heat. Immediately stir in the salt. Set sauce aside and allow to cool before using. Store in a glass jar for ease of use, keep sauce in the fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 300ยบ. Thoroughly grease a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine Oreo's and butter. Press mixture evenly into the springform pan.
  • Prepare the filling- place cream cheese in a stand mixer or mixing bowl to use an electric beater on in. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Beat in the condensed milk. Beat in the eggs, one by one until thoroughly mixed. Mix in the vanilla. Add chocolate chips to the bowl, and fold in gently with a spatula. Pour filling into springform pan. Top with a handful of mini chocolate chips.