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Salted Caramel Cheesecake is definitely the impression you want to make on your guests this holiday season. Be ready for the wows!

Salted Caramel Cheesecake is a delicious and creamy cheesecake with a sweet and salty pretzel crust. Every bite is amazing.

This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible.

If you aren’t new around here, you know that cheesecake is my THING. My ultimate dessert. What we have at every family birthday party and holiday party. How I wow new people in my life with my dessert-baking prowress. (Just kidding on that last part – kinda.)

Salted Caramel Cheesecake is definitely the impression you want to make on your guests this holiday season. Be ready for the wows!

The thing I love most about cheesecake, besides eating it, is just how versatile it can be. From vanilla bean cheesecake and pumpkin cheesecake to Snickers cheesecake, there’s hardly a version I haven’t tried – and loved.

The other day, I was thinking about butter – as one does when they bake for a living. And how much I love the stuff, especially in crumbly cheesecake crust. You know what else is buttery? Salted caramel sauce. Sounds like a match made in cheesecake heaven to ME!

This buttery, crispy, sweet and salty crust comes to you courtesy of salted caramel pretzels and Challenge Butter. I love using Challenge Butter in desserts I know I’m going to be feeding to my whole family. Not only is the quality top notch, it’s made from the cream of cows not treated with Growth Hormone rbST. That’s important to me with a growing family, so knowing I can pick up these high quality butter and not have to think twice about it is fantastic.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake starts with quality ingredients. This recipe is sure to wow you!

I’m especially proud to be an Challenge Butter ambassador because Challenge and UNICEF have joined forces to address and build awareness of the childhood malnutrition crisis. Did you know that nearly half of all deaths in children under five is attributable to undernutrition? This results in the unnecessary loss of nearly three million young lives a year.

Together they’ve created a Pinterest campaign where for every recipe pinned, Challenge will donate a meal to UNICEF to feed a child in need.

Together we can all fight malnutrition all over the world. And all it takes is a few pins.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake gets its name from its homemade salted caramel sauce. Utter perfection.
Beginning November 2nd through December 31, 2015, Challenge will donate a meal for a child in need to the UNICEF foundation for each recipe pinned from its “Pin a Recipe, Feed a Child” Pinterest board. Challenge has commited to provide up to 75,000 meals through this campaign.

I hadn’t made a big ol’ cheesecake in a while, but with several family get-togethers on the horizon, now seemed like exactly the right time. And if it can help raise awareness and cash towards this global problem? Bonus!

Go forth and make Salted Caramel Cheesecake for your crowd. They’ll thank you for it, I promise. And I thank you in advance for pinning a bunch of the delicious recipes from this board.

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Salted Caramel Cheesecake

By: Jamie
4.43 from 26 ratings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Total: 9 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 -12 servings
Salted Caramel Cheesecake is a delicious and creamy cheesecake with a sweet and salty pretzel crust. Every bite is amazing.


  • 2 ⅓ cups Snyders Salted Caramel Pretzel Pieces crushed in a food processor until they form fine crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons salted Challenge Butter melted
  • 32 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs; room temperature
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • homemade salted caramel sauce


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Tightly wrap a 9 inch springform pan in heavy duty foil. This step prevents leaks when using a water bath. I also take the extra step by placing the foil wrapped spring form pan inside an oven bag while baking, but this is optional.
  • Mix together the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of your pan. Bake for 8 minutes and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Begin to boil a pot or kettle of water for the water bath.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with your paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  • Pour batter into prepared crust. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan.
  • Bake 55-60 minutes, the edges will appear to be set, but the center will still have some jiggle to it. At this point, turn off the oven, but leave the door cracked and allow the cheesecake to rest in the cooling oven for one hour.
  • After one hour has passed, carefully remove the cheesecake from the water bath and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once the cake is completely cooled, place it into the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
  • Serve with salted caramel sauce.
4.43 from 26 votes (26 ratings without comment)

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  1. Mindy G says:

    Hi where did you purchase your pretzels?  This cheesecake looks so creamy us it? 

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi, Mindy! The cheesecake is very creamy, and you can purchase these pretzels on Amazon or at Walmart. I hope you enjoy the cheesecake!

  2. maura wall says:

    Can i use another type of base as we do not have salted pretzels here in Ireland, maybe just the usual ones?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi, Maura! I think the usual pretzels will be just fine. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Maria Ruiz says:

    How do you make the pretzel crust ;  You allways make good recipes THANK YOU SO MUCH;; NO COMPLAINS. IN (TEXAS)

    1. Jamie says:

      The recipe is listed below in the recipe card. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar says:

    This cheesecake is just beautiful! It looks so ridiculously creamy and that pretzel crust is awesome!

  5. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    This is seriously one of the most gorgeous slices of cheesecake I’ve ever seen!

  6. Alison says:

    Wow–this was about the best (and easiest) cheesecake and caramel sauce I’ve ever made! Delicious–it was a huge hit at our Thanksgiving dinner! No Snyders Salted Caramel Pretzel Pieces here in Belgium, but I used speculoos cookies instead. :) Thanks so much for posting this recipe!! It is my new go-to cheesecake and caramel sauce recipe!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thank you, Alison! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Aggie @ Aggie's Kitchen says:

    goodness gracious I can’t get enough of salted caramel, it’s seriously the best thing ever! I love cheesecake, so you just made me love it even more with this topping! Beautiful photos!

  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Salted caramel has quickly become one of my very favorite flavors. Looks beautiful on this cheesecake!

  9. Cookin Canuck says:

    From that amazing pretzel crust to the perfect filling and sauce, I am going to be thinking about this cheesecake all day long!

  10. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife says:

    Well you had me at salted caramel… Then you added cheesecake and I’m pretty sure my head exploded. GORGEOUS!