Laurel's Turtle Cheesecake

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Ann Simmons
from Lugoff, SC

The first time I made this was for my beautiful daughter-in-law, Laurel.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Wow, this is a cheesecake! The cheesecake itself is nice and creamy. The cookie crust has a layer of caramel and nuts which gives you that turtle flavor in every bite. Drizzled with more caramel, nuts, and chocolate, this is one decadent cheesecake recipe.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 12
prep time 30 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Bake

Ingredients

  • CRUST LAYER
  • 2 c
    cookie crumbs (chocolate or vanilla wafer)
  • 6 Tbsp
    butter or margerine
  • 14 oz
    bag of caramels
  • 1 can
    evaporated milk (5 oz)
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c
    semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • CHEESECAKE FILLING
  • 2 pkg
    cream cheese, softened (8oz each)
  • 1/2 c
    sugar
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • GARNISH
  • 1/2 c
    chocolate ice syrup for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    caramel ice cream syrup for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pecans for garnish. (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    semi-sweet chocolate chips for garnish. (optional)
  • whipped cream for garnish (can use Cool Whip; optional)
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How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350F.
  • 2
    Mix crumbs and butter.
  • 3
    Press onto bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  • 4
    Microwave caramels and milk in small bowl on high for 4 - 5 minutes or until melted. Stirring every minute.
  • 5
    Pour over crust.
  • 6
    Top with pecans and chocolate chips.
  • 7
    Beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended.
  • 8
    Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • 9
    Blend in vanilla. Pour over pecans and chocolate chips.
  • 10
    Place pan on cookie sheet. Bake 45 minutes.
  • 11
    Loosen cake from rim of pan. Cool before removing rim of pan. Keep refrigerated.
  • 12
    Optional. Garnish with 1/2 cup each of chocolate & caramel syrups, 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and whipped cream.
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