Apple Turtle Cheese Cake
3/4 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts; see note
1/4 cup melted butter
4 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 dashes nutmeg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups peeled and sliced tart apples
1 tablespoon water
1/3 cup salted nuts, chopped; see note
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
Crust: In a bowl, mix together the crumbs, nuts and sugar. Stir in the melted butter until well blended. Pat into a 9-inch springform pan.
Beat the cream cheese and sugar. Blend in eggs, vanilla and sour cream.
For filling: Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Toss with apples. Pour half in concentric circles over cream cheese layer. Pour half of the remaining cream cheese over apples, arrange remaining 1 cup apples over cheese layer and top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 1 hour or until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cheese cake to cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight until it is completely cold. Arrange nuts on top of cheese cake. Heat caramels and water in a pan or microwave oven. Stir periodically until well blended, no more than 2 minutes. Cool and drizzle over top. Decorate with Rollo's.
Note: pecans, walnuts and/or almonds may be used for chopped nuts. pecans, cashews, and/or almonds may be used for salted nuts.