I just made this, and it was good but WAY too sweet and rich. Of course I expect cheesecake to be rich, but this was so sweet it hurt my teeth, and everyone had trouble finishing their pieces (which were not really that big). It would have been much better if I had used about half the amount of caramel, or even less. Instead of brownie mix, I made the brownie portion from scratch using a separate recipe for brownies. I cooked it the entire prescribed amount of time, and did not have any problem with it being too hard to cut, as did so many of the other reviewers. That being said, I chilled it overnight, so maybe that helped to put some moisture in it so that it was softer ? Although not hard, the brownie did have a sort of almost burnt taste to it (though it didn't appear burnt). So I would probably want reduce the cooking time somewhat. I still really like the idea of this recipe, and I really enjoyed making it, so I do think I will make it again but with some changes to make it not so terribly sweet. I would probably skip the caramel layer in the middle altogether, and just drizzle some caramel on top. The brownie also may have been a factor in the super-sweetness, so I might look for another brownie recipe that does not use as much sugar.
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I just made this, and it was good but WAY too sweet and rich. Of course I expect cheesecake...