Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

2 cups pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter (melted)
26 caramels
1-1/2 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
Four 8-ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup chilled whipping cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Finely grind nuts and sugar in processor. Add melted butter and blend until moist crumbs form. Press crumb mixture onto bottom only of 9 inch springform pan.Cook caramels and milk until melted.Drizzle over crust.

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until well blended.Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just to combine after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Pour filling into crust.Bake until top appears dry and cheesecake no longer moves in center when pan is shaken, about 1 hour. Cool, cover and refrigerate over night.Release pan sides from cheesecake.

*Beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in medium bowl to stiff peaks. Spoon whipped cream into pastry bag fitted with star tip.Pipe rosettes of cream decoratively around upper edge of cheesecake. *Make the chefs whipped cream so it will hold up