Apple Nut Cheesecake

AKA: The cheesecake Kristen walked 4 miles to make. LOL

Between the original decision while walking home from the post office, heading to the grocery store, walking home, then realizing I had forgotten a vital ingredient, I walked about 4 miles altogether.

Was it worth it? Oh, yeah. :)

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
½ cup finely chopped pecans
3 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup butter, melted

2 (8-oz. each) packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
½ tsp. vanilla
4 cups apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/3 cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup chopped pecans (or whatever nut you'd prefer)

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter; press into the bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar. Mix at medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Pour filling into the baked crust.

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Toss the cinnamon-sugar with the apples to coat. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with nuts.

Bake at 350F for 60-70 minutes. With a knife, loosen cake from pan. Let cool, then remove rim of pan. Chill cake before serving.

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