Turtle Cheesecake is a delicious creamy baked cheesecake topped with pecans, caramel, and chocolate. A perfect combination of deliciousness in every bite. Great for parties and celebrations.

Turtle Cheesecake is a delicious creamy baked cheesecake topped with pecans, caramel, and chocolate. A perfect combination of deliciousness in every bite. Great for parties and celebrations.

Turtle Cheesecake! Oh boy! We've got a lovely dessert recipe for you to enjoy today!

Our Turtle Cheesecake is always a popular cheesecake recipe and is often made for celebrations or during the holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas time.

When you take a look at the ingredients, you will see this cheesecake is certainly one for celebration and luxury! Chocolate, caramel, creamed cheese.....oh my goodness!

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The topping for our Turtle Cheesecake gives you a lovely texture with every bite.

The crunch from the chopped pecans and the sweetness from the caramel sauce, combined with the rich creamy cheesecake filling is just delicious!


This is a wonderful dessert and very popular, and the recipe shown here is a generic Turtle Cheesecake recipe, and of course, you can add your own twist to it by making a few toppings different or keeping it just as it is!

Turtle Cheesecake is a delicious creamy baked cheesecake topped with pecans, caramel, and chocolate. A perfect combination of deliciousness in every bite. Great for parties and celebrations.

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make our delicious Turtle Cheesecake and please enjoy!
Recipe - Kendra Kratzer Peterson

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

1 1/2 hrs

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

The Cheesecake 

4 packages of cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 cup heavy cream

The Crust

1/4 cup butter - melted
1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookies without frosting in them. e.g Chocolate Graham's Crackers etc, or use plain Graham Crackers if you prefer.

The Topping

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup caramel sauce / Dulce De Leche. Here's our recipe if you'd like to make your own dulce de leche.

Instructions

Prepare an 8 - 9 inch springform by greasing the inside and wrapping foil on the outside to prevent water from entering through during cooking. Set aside. You can read more here about how to avoid cheesecake surface cracking and water baths when baking cheesecakes.

Lining baking pan

Make the Crust

1. Using a rolling pin and place the cookies in a zip bag and bash them until breadcrumbs, or use a food processor. (The photo below shows the crust using plain cookies and not chocolate.)

Cheesecake Base

2. Add the melted butter to the cookie crumbs and combine well.

Cheesecake Base

Then place the crumbs into a greased 8 - 9 inch Springform pan. Use the back of a spoon or your hand and push the crumbs down in the pan to make it firm. If the crumbs are loose, the base may fall apart.

Cheesecake Base

Make the Cheesecake Filling

1. Preheat oven to 325°

2. In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese until fluffy then add vanilla, cornstarch, and salt. Whip to combine. Add the sugar and one egg at a time, combining as you are adding the eggs.

Turtle cheesecake, showing consistency of cheesecake batter

3. Fold in the heavy cream then pour the batter into the pan.

4. Place the springform pan in a roasting tray and pour hot water into the tray so it comes up about 1/2 way high up the springform.

5. Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The center should have a slight wobble to it.

6. Remove from oven and add chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel sauce / Dulce De Leche

7. Return to the oven and bake for an extra 15 - 20 minutes.

8. Remove from oven and allow cheesecake to cool. Once cooled, cover and refrigerate until serving.

Turtle Cheesecake is a delicious creamy baked cheesecake topped with pecans, caramel, and chocolate. A perfect combination of deliciousness in every bite. Great for parties and celebrations.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our Turtle Cheesecake recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

How To Avoid Cheesecake Cracking

See HERE if you would like to read my tips and tricks to prevent Cheesecake Surface Cracking

Recipe Card

Turtle Cheesecake is a delicious creamy baked cheesecake topped with pecans, caramel, and chocolate. A perfect combination of deliciousness in every bite. Great for parties and celebrations.

Turtle Cheesecake

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Turtle Cheesecake is a delicious creamy baked cheesecake topped with pecans, caramel, and chocolate. A perfect combination of deliciousness in every bite. Great for parties and celebrations.

Ingredients

Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 packages of cream cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Crust

  • 1/4 cup butter - melted
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookies without frosting in them. e.g Chocolate Graham's Crakers etc.

Topping

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup caramel sauce / Dulce De Leche

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8 - 9 inch springform by greasing the inside and wrapping foil on the outside to prevent water from entering through during cooking. Set aside.

Make the Crust

  1. Using a rolling pin and place the cookies in a zip bag and bash them until breadcrumbs, or use a food processor.
  2. Add the melted butter to the cookie crumbs
  3. Combine well. Then place the crumbs into the Springform pan. Use the back of a spoon and push the crumbs down in the pan to make it firm. If the crumbs are loose, the base may fall apart.

Make the Cheesecake Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese until fluffy then add vanilla, cornstarch, and salt. Whip to combine. Add the sugar and one egg at a time, combining as you are adding the eggs.
  3. Fold in the heavy cream then pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Place the springform pan in a roasting tray and pour hot water into the tray so it comes up about 1/2 way high up the spring form.
  5. Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The center should have a slight wobble to it.
  6. Remove from oven and add chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel sauce / Dulce De Leche
  7. Return to the oven and bake for an extra 15 - 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow cheesecake to cool. Once cooled, cover and refrigerate until serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 909Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 595mgCarbohydrates: 101gFiber: 4gSugar: 84gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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