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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake ~

1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate morsels
3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 T margarine
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
2--8 oz pkgs light cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 t salt
2 eggs
1/2 t grated lemon peel
1 t vanilla
1 cup light sour cream
vegetable cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350F.
In small bowl, combine pecans and chocolate morsels. Set aside.
Place cereal, brown sugar and margarine into food processor bowl.
Using metal blade, process until mixture is fine crumbs. Press in
bottom and 1 inch up sides of 9-inch spring form pan coated with
cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes. Spread caramel topping evenly
over bottom of crust. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the chocolate
pecan mixture and sprinkle remainder over topping. Set aside.
In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add granulated
sugar and salt. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each
addition. Remove from mixer and stir in lemon peel, vanilla and sour
cream. Spread mixture over prepared crust. Bake for 45 minutes or
until center is set and cheesecake start to crack around edges.
Remove from oven and cool 1 hour. Remove side from pan. Chill
about 2 hours or overnight before serving. Serve garnished with
chocolate pecan mixture and additional caramel topping, if desired.

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For gift giving place cake on a decorative holiday plate.
Give with a basket containing favorite tea mixture, tea
infuser, and teacup or coffee mug. Embellish basket with
greenery and ribbon. Add gift tag and recipe card.


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ENJOY!!

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