This twix cheesecake has all your favorite caramel chocolate flavors!! Creamy Philadelphia style cheesecake with caramel sauce swirled into the cheesecake and a thick layer of chocolate ganache topped with twix candy bars and caramel sauce.
Keyword caramel chocolate cheesecake, caramel chocolate twix cheesecake, caramel swirl cheesecake, how to freeze a whole cheesecake, how to make a cheesecake water bath, twix cheesecake
Prep Time 30 minutesminutes
Cook Time 1 hourhour15 minutesminutes
Additional Time 12 hourshours
Total Time 13 hourshours45 minutesminutes
2cupsgraham cracker crumbs
3packagescream cheese at room temperature8 oz each, I like to use full fat
3tbspjarred caramel sauceslightly heated so you can pour it (use more caramel for a more intense caramel flavor!)
1cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips
½cupheavy whipping cream
Twix barscut in half so you can see the inside
Preheat the oven to 350º F.
If using whole graham crackers, pulse them in a blender or food processor until they are very fine. You can also find graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle. Measure out 2 cups of crumbs. In a small bowl, combine the crumbs with the brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter, mix well until incorporated.
Add the crumbs to a 8 or 9 inch springform pan, distribute them evenly, using a cup or the bottom of something flat to press the crumbs into the pan. If desired, you can have the crumbs go up the sides of the pan a bit.
Place the pan in the oven, pre-bake the crust for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
Remove the pan from the oven, and allow it to cool to room temperature before adding the cheesecake mixture.
Turn the oven down to 325º F.
Place the round springform pan inside an oven safe bag ( like one that you'd cook a turkey in for thanksgiving) and roll the top of the bag down so it doesn't cover the cheesecake. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the 3 packages of cream cheese until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the sugar, and vanilla extract, beat again. Add in the eggs, ONE at a time, beating just until the egg yolk breaks, then add in the next, etc. Beat the mixture for 1 additional minute. Do not over beat, this is why I recommend only 1 minute. Pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the cooled crust.
Drizzle the caramel sauce over the cheesecake. Use a small spatula to gently swirl it into the batter.
Place the springform pan in a 9x13 inch pan or larger roasting pan. Carefully fill the roasting pan with about 1 inch of water.
Place the water bath with the cheesecake inside in the oven and bake at 325º F for 60-75 minutes *see note. The cheesecake is done when the center wobbles a little when you jiggle the pan. The edges of the cheesecake should look firmer than the center.
Once the cheesecake is done baking, turn the oven off and gently remove the springform pan from the water bath and oven safe bag. Place the cheesecake on a baking sheet and return to the oven (oven is off) with the oven door cracked. Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature inside the oven before removing - this could be 60-90 minutes.
Once cooled to room temperature, remove the cheesecake from the oven. Loosely cover the cheesecake with foil and place in the fridge overnight.
Before serving, carefully unmold the cheesecake from the pan. Use a small spatula to assist any parts that are sticking to the pan. Allow the pan to do most of the work, some of the cheesecake may stick to the pan, but the cheesecake should naturally separate from the pan.
Place the chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Allow the mixture to sit for 1 minute, melting the chocolate chips, then stir well to mix. Allow the ganache to cool for 5-7 minutes before adding it to the cheesecake.
Pour/spoon the chocolate ganache on top of the cheesecake, using a spatula to spread it around. Add the sliced twix bars round the outside edge of the cheesecake. Sprinkle chopped twix pieces on top and drizzle with extra caramel sauce. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set the ganache. Slice & serve.