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Ingredients

Crust:
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 cup chopped pecans
Apple Filling:
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cheese topping:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
Topping:
3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup caramel topping
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

To make crust, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Mix well and press into a 10-inch pie plate, going up the sides. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until golden in color. Remove pie shell from oven and cool completely. Pour caramel topping into pie shell and sprinkle with 1 cup of chopped pecans. Refrigerate pie shell while making apple filling. To make filling, melt butter in a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir with wooden spoon. Add apples and stir. Cook over medium to medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes until apples are softened and tender. Let cool for 10 minutes and pour into pie shell. Reduce oven to 350 degrees. To make topping, combine cream cheese and sugar for about 1 minute until smooth. Add egg, lemon juice and vanilla and beat 1 minute or until fully blended. Pour over apple filling in pie shell. Bake 30 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Remove pie from oven and let cool. Refrigerate 4 hours. Let stand outside the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. Top with cream whipped with sugar and add caramel and pecans; swirl with a knife. Slice and serve enjoy.

Sandy Cobb
Rock Island



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