christmas cheesecake with english toffee filling

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Servs: 12

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  • add   4 large eggs
  • add   1 teaspoon vanilla extract Assorted candies (such as gumdrops and holiday M&M’s)
  • add   8 ounces chocolate-covered English toffee (such as Skor or Heath bars), cut into 1/2-inch pieces<B>Topping </b>
  • add   6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted<B>Filling </b>
  • add   1 16-ounce container sour cream
  • add   1/2 cup toasted almonds, finely chopped
  • add   1/4 teaspoon salt
  • add   2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
  • add   <B>Crust </b>
  • add   1/2 cup sugar
  • add   1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • add   1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 5 ounces graham crackers)
  • add   1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • add   4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • add   1/2 cup English toffee bits (such as Skor)
  • add   1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. For crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Add butter; stir until moist clumps form. Press mixture over bottom and 1 inch up sides of 10-inch-diameter springform pan. Bake crust until just set, about 5 minutes. Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  2. For filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, blending well after each addition. Beat in both extracts. Pour half of mixture into prepared crust; sprinkle with toffee pieces. Pour remaining mixture over. Bake until edges are puffed but center is barely set, about 55 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare topping: Mix sour cream, sugar and vanilla in medium bowl until smooth. Pour topping over hot cheesecake. Bake cake until topping is just set, about 5 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool 10 minutes. Run knife between cake and pan sides. Chill cake uncovered overnight.
  4. Remove pan sides and place cake on platter. Garnish top with candies.