Layered Turtle Cheesecake Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
- 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled
- 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- Additional caramel ice cream topping, optional
- 1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
- 2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and pecans; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
- 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth. Beat in 1/4 cup flour, cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Remove 1 cup batter to a small bowl; stir in melted chocolate. Spread over crust.
- 4. In another bowl, mix caramel topping and remaining flour; stir in pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls over chocolate batter. Top with remaining batter. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
- 5. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath; remove foil. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
- 6. For ganache, place chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chips; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally.
- 7. Remove sides of springform pan. Spread ganache over cheesecake; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate until set. If desired, drizzle with additional caramel topping before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
1 slice (calculated without additional caramel topping): 664 calories, 46g fat (25g saturated fat), 182mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.
Reviews for Layered Turtle Cheesecake
"I have made this at least once a year for the last 6 years. I double the chocolate layer so that the cake is more evenly divided and cover the ganache with chopped pecans while it is still warm. We always drizzle the caramel over the top after it is sliced. This is always a big hit no matter who eats it! My youngest even requests this for his birthday cake!!"
"Made it this weekend for holiday party...family said it was good but tbh it is not a recipe I will repeat. I felt it was lacking. The chocolate layer wasnt chocolatey enough. The pecan and caramel psuedo layer wasnt enough period and the cheesecake itself wasnt sweet enough. In all this cheesecake simply wasnt decadent enough...and isnt that what cheesecake....especially a turtle cheesecake should be? One positive note was the ganache which turned out well."
"This was quite a it of work but worth it. Looked amazing and tasted amazing. I would make this again."
"What restaurant do you work? I live in Beaver Dam and thought I'd stop by and try it out before making it, it looks really good - I know Walkers and Edith's - probably Edith's? Do you make this personally? Thanks :)"
"This was definitely sweet, which is good. Just means you eat less, which all in all, isn't a terrible thing (saves some for later).As a suggestion, when pouring the regular cheesecake on top of the chocolate and caramel, spoon it carefully along the sides of the pan first, don't just pour it in the middle out of the pan. I poured it and it spread the caramel and some of the chocolate to the sides. I made it for my family, so no biggie, but it may help someone whose going strictly for good presentation (and taste of course).Also, I had a hard time getting the chocolate ganache to solidify, but all is good.All in all, I would definitely make this again for Thanksgiving next year."
"Found it to be way to sweet. I would make again but use 1/2 the amounts of sugar."
"Incredible cheesecake! Everyone loved it and have already asked that I make it again. I noticed some said it was hard to cut through the crust, do not press it too firmly in the pan and that should take care of the problem. Great recipe."
"I made this for New Year's Eve dinner and it was a huge success!"
"This was so good, a real hit for our Christmas day dessert. Thank you, Sue, for sharing the recipe! To the reviewer who had a problem with the crust being too hard to cut, you may have pressed the crumb crust into your pan too firmly. I have had the same thing happen when I've pressed a graham crust into a cheesecake pan too hard."
"Made it for a friend of mine and they absolutely loved it!! I am not a big fan of cheesecakes so I couldn't sample it for myself. Going off what my friend said, I will definitely be making it again for my work. Add it to the list of fav's!!One question I do have, hopefully someone can answer. They did say the only downside was that the crust was really hard to cut through. Not sure if it's because it was in the fridge or what. Is there something else I can do to make the crust a tad bit softer?"
"So, I've finally decided what it's going to be like in heaven!"
"Absolutely delicious cheesecake. When I first saw it in TOH magazine, I knew I wanted to make it. Its been 5 years since I've first seen it, but I finally made it the other day. It was also the first cheesecake I've ever made. I followed the directions and it turned out perfectly. It was a big hit! My co-workers thought it looked like a store bought cheesecake, it turned out so well. It is very rich, and a small slice goes a long way."
"This is a wonderful cheesecake! Everyone loved it! I followed some other reviewers advice and used a larger pan. Perfect! Will make it again!"
"A bit time consuming, but totally worth it. The best cheesecake I've ever made!"
"Added my own twist to this one. Everyone I serve it to loves it."
"Great cheesecake everyone loves it"
"This cheesecake is awesome as another reviewer said. You cannot go wrong with this delicious dessert and it is perfect for company. I promise everyone will love it. I highly recommend this delicious cheesecake as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."
"Awesome awesome awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Delicious! A little goes a long way. Everything a cheesecake should be."
"This is one of the best cheesecakes I have ever had. Bet it would stand up to The Cheesecake Factory and Juniors too. Mine didn't even crack on top as most of mine do. You won't be sorry if you make this one!"
"Was simple to make...great presentation and "roll your eyes" gooooood!"
"Turns out amazing every time! Love this recipe!"
"I follow the recipe exactly and it turns out perfect every time! It's amazingly good!"
"a little time consuming, but definitely worth it..made it for Hubby's 77th birthday..he was SO happy!"
"I am not a cook or a girl that bakes but I tried this and oh my goodness it was so amazing!!! It is a lot of stops but I didnt find it complicated at all(and again I am not a cook!). I did replace Pecans with Hazelnut because I do not enjoy pecans and it was absolutely to die for... I remember my family saying they were glad we didnt go to the cheesecake factory! lol.. Awesome!!"
"I have made many cheesecake recipes but this was the best this year! It's worth the work and I wouldn't change a thing unless you wanted to make your own caramel sauce but you don't have to taste great both ways!"
"I used hot fudge and caramel ice cream topping to make the recipe a little easier and it tasted great. Very rich- you can only eat a little at a time but it's so delicious!"
"This is absolutely awesome!! A bit of work involved but totally worth it! Thank you for sharing"
"I have made many different kinds of cheesecake and this one is by far the best. Lots of flavor! The crust is great too!"
"I loved the crust on this. The nuts give it a nice variation. I make regular NY style cheesecake often and this was a nice change of pace. The family really liked it."
"WOW! This was the first cheesecake I have ever baked and it was phenomenal! Any advice on how this could be made into cupcakes?"
"I make treats for my husband's soldiers all the time. But this one was different. My husband told me that he left the room, after saving some for himself of course, for his break, and when he came back five to then minutes later it was gone. All of them LOVED it. I will definately be making this again. You have a gift, and if you create another recipe definately share. Thanks!"
"I had looked everywhere for a turtle cheesecake and when i found out how good this one was i kept it close. Absolutely amazing."
"I have made this 2x times now. First time, everyone raved about how amazing it was. I wanted to make it for a BBQ shortly after, but I didn't want such a big one. I cut the recipe in half and made it in a glass round bowl that was about half the size. Lined it all with a double layer of foil. It turned out absolutely perfect.It is a lot of steps and detailed, but I promise the results are well worth it!"
"THIS WAS HEAVENLY!!! Totally worth the effort. I think this and the berry cheesecake are the two best cheesecake recipes from Taste Of Home!"
"Made this for Father's Day for my husband who loves all things turtle. It was amazing!! My other family and friends don't know how lucky they are that I will be making this in the future for other special occassions. It's a bit time consuming and has to be made a day ahead, but 100% worth the the effort!"
"This is a Devine Recipe! Feel 'free' to make and serve it - for any occassion! It can be accompanied by coffee, tea, or milk - for any event. It is rich and delicious, upon 16 servings! Enjoy!!!"
"Incredible slice of "Heaven on Earth"! This a rich, layered special pastry! Feel that you may serve this with coffee or tea - upon any occassion! It's Devine!!!"
"This is amazing!"
"Made it 2 years in a row for Thanksgiving and it was amazing both times. I think we have a new tradition"
"Love this cheesecake!!"
"Sue Gronholz, whoever you are, you are the cheesecake QUEEN! This and the mocha Cheesecake are the best I have ever had in a long life of cheesecake eating! Write and Cheesecake book with recipes like these, it will be a best-seller!"
"I made this for my club today, and everyone LOVED it. They all asked for the recipe."
"This is absolutely to die for. I am definitely making this again."
"This turtle cheesecake was absolutely divine and can't wait for an excuse to make it again!! I made this for my birthday and had many rave reviews!! To take this to the next level, I would highly recommend toasting the pecans; and making your own thick and rich caramel topping melting caramel squares and heavy cream (the caramel sauce was also a huge hit!)."
"This is excellent. Everywhere I have taken it, everone loves it."
"tasted amazing, but was so rich no one could barely eat a whole piece"
"posipati-in the 4th step, after you put the caramel and nuts on, the recipe tells you to add the reserved batter."
"I made this for Thanksgiving 2 years ago an my brother-in-law still raves about it.I also made one last year an took to Texas to my aunts, they raved about it also i have made about 5 total an everyone that taste it enjoys it very much my 17 year old granddaughter helped an ate as much as she helped good memories.thank youclara"
"I have not yet tried making this and it does sound delicious but am curious as to what happens to the 1 cup of batter that was removed?"
"I made this for Thanksgiving last year and my family gave it Rave Reviews!! So delicious! I plan on making it again this year."
"I make this recipe and add special "secret" ingredients each time. I have sold several of them and they are the talk of the town. family begs for it, friends invite themselves over for it and I had one connoisseur said he has traveled the world over and has never tasted a better cheesecake...My signature cheesecake now!"
"This is TO-DIE-FOR. I made it for the first time for Thanksgiving a year ago and even the PICKY people loved it. Will definatley keep this one in a special place to make often."
"I used this recipe for my first Thanksgiving. It was also my first time making cheesecake from scratch. I was overwhelmed by all of the steps but it was definitely worth it. I am hosting Thanksgiving again this year and everyone has requested I make the "best cheesecake ever" I think it will be a tradition to make this every year! Its simply amazing!"
"Made it for a family birthday supper and everyone loved it!"
"Made this for a family reunion and everyone raved about it. My brother in law said it was better than the famous cheese cake place. I will make it again I use vanilla wafers for my crust."
"This is an amazing cheesecake! I doubled the caramel layer, and by doing that did not need to add extra drizzle of caramel on the top. I took the pan sides off before I added the ganache, but too much ran down the sides and pooled on the bottom of the serving plate. Next time I will leave the sides on as the recipe states until the ganache has set."
"Excellent cheesecake! Very rich, tasty and easy to make."
"Made this for my husband/s birthday. I followed the directions step by step and, although a little time consuming, not hard to make. DEFINATELY a keeper."
"It's good, if you like cheesecake"
"Excellent recipe - the cheesecake was polished off in no time! In fact, it was gone so quickly, that I didn't even have a chance to try it! I did use the suggestion by another reviewer to double the caramel-pecan filling, but didn't change anything else. Would definitely make this again, but I'm might remove the springform pan prior to pouring the ganache instead of after. This would allow some of the ganache to drip down the sides, making for an even nicer presentation."
"Rich but delicious! Didn't change a thing to the recipe. Our family loved it, and it didn't last long! Definitely put on your *to bake* list :)"
"We have made this several times for family & friends for different events and it is excellent! Highly recommend making."
"This has become a favorite amongst my family and friends. I usually double the caramel-pecan filling--giving the distinct caramel flavor. This recipe is definitely a winner! Don't be afraid to try it."
"Made this for dinner guests and everyone gave it a big thumbs up! It's quite rich, very elegant looking and tastes absolutely fabulous!"
"Wonderful recipe. One thing that I really apprecited was that it should be made the day before it is served and it doesn't take much time to finish it off the next day. Sometimes cheesecakes are hard to cut and I needed to cut this before the New Year's Eve Party with 13 cuts. I used a thin knife, dipped it in water, wiped with a clean cloth and cut. I put a pecan half on each slice and it was picture perfect. Highly recommended."
"excellent, already have requests to make it again"
"Very good cheesecake! I like that it's not a dense cheesecake. I took it to a function at work and a co-worker said it was better than one you could get at a restaurant! High praise!"
"It is a little time consuming since it has several steps, but it is to die for! I'm not a cheesecake lover to begin with but I do love Turtle chocolates and this looked sinfully delicious. I decided to make it for Thanksgiving and low and behold, EVERYONE loved it! Even my brothers who are not cheesecake lovers, raved about how good this was. It's worth every sinful calorie!"
"Oh my goodness, this was delicious! Best cheesecake recipe ever. It was not easy to make, but the results were so worth it! New holiday staple for us."
"It is such a delicious-looking cheesecake to present to guests...and once they taste it, the compliments just keep going."
"I can't wait to make this but was thinking a 9-inch cheesecake is a little small for my large family? Think I can go one size up with the same recipe or would it not work?"
"I made this cheesecake for a wedding party and everyone loved it. A dear friend has requested it for her birthday in Nov. I made one for her birthday last year. She cut it in twelve slices and froze them. She called me while she was eating her last slice to see if I would give her another year of happiness by making it again for her birthday. The simple joys of life are the best!"
"This cheesecake has become a Christmas staple at our house. It is wonderful! It is a bit rich, although not overwhelmingly so, but that's great because it makes it go a bit further."
"I was disappointed in this. Was really expecting it to be better than it was. It was extremely too rich for me and was also time consuming to make. It does make a beautiful presentation."
"I wish I could say this recipe is delicious, but I really don't know because it was gone before I had a chance to taste it. ;) It was the talk of the potluck!"
"I made this for our mother's day celebration, and everyone loved it !!!I only had troubles trying to melt the chocolate chips for the 1 cup batter you separate, so I decided to let the chocolate chips like they are and it was very good!!It is awesome !! I will do this again for sure !!"
"Excellent!!!!!! can't wait to do it again!"
"Takes a while to make but well worth the work. Everyone loved it! It was AMAZING!!"
"It was a hit!!! This recipe was pretty easy but took a while. It turned out looking exactly like the picture on the site."
"This is an excellent cheesecake. It's very easy to make and looks elegant. My daughter and I love cheesecake and she had been wanting me to make one and I just had never tried it. So, when she asked me to make one for her birthday I couldn't refuse...and I'm glad that I didn't. She picked out this one and it was delicious and I found out just how easy it is to make cheesecakes and have made several since and this has definitely been our favorite so far.To help clear up the confusion that people are having. You mix the melted chocolate in the 1 cup of batter that you removed and spread that on the crust (this is the thin chocolate layer that you see right on top of the crust). Then you put the caramel and pecans on top of that layer and then the rest of the batter goes on top, then bake.The sides of the pan are not removed until you are ready to serve it...after the cheesecake has been refrigerated and the chocolate ganache has been spread on top The ganache is what the additional melted chocolate is for...see ingredient list and directions for the ganache. Hope that helps!"
"I'm still confused? So you add 1 cup batter to 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips and then you put the caramel/pecan mixture over that, then bake? Then before serving you melt more chocolate??? I know there was a clarification but I'm still confused, HELP!"
"Oh yes, I have made this cake several times and have rave reviews! I am making one next week to take to a relative in Ohio. I had to chuckle though, I too, was so confused on the part about removing 1 cup of batter to a small bowl. On my first cake, I added the milk chocolate to the big bowl. The cake was fantastic, but was a pale chocolate color. Everone loved it, I will make it over and over!Thank you Taste of Home, I find so many recipes we love in your magazine, and almost always have the ingredients right here in my kitchen!Frankie"
"Awesome recipie!! I was the belle of the ball at work when I brought in samples. My family loved it. Highly recommend this recipe, I will definitely make it again."
"Best cheesecake I've ever eaten!"
"I make cheesecakes for my co-worker's birthdays and Monday I made this one for the first time. I did use a different ganache recipe since I have a favorite one, but everything else was per the recipe. Everyone said that this was my best one yet and there were requests for the recipe. Thank you Sue for sharing!!"
"I made this last weekend. I would absoultely make this again...VERY, VERY good! If I could change my rating to 5 stars I would, but apparently if you've commented previously and assigned a rating, you can't change it. I had not made it yet but you are required to choose a rating. The only thing I would change about this recipe would be more carmel on top of the chocolate cheescake layer...can't really taste it much. I actually made this w/the 1/3 less fat cream cheese and you cannot tell one bit - still thick and smooth!"
"We're glad so many of you loved this cheesecake. But after reading some of the comments we wanted to clarify the directions. The melted chocolate is added to the 1 cup of batter in the small bowl. Also, the sides of the pan should not be removed until after the cheesecake has refrigerated overnight but before the ganache is added. We apologize for any confusion and these changes will be reflected on the recipe soon.Taste of Home Test Kitchen"
"Responding to confusion on recipe instructions...I had to read that particular instruction twice. Because the statement "Remove 1 cup batter to small bowl" is followed by a semi-colon, I would assume they mean to stir in the 1/2 c ch chips listed in the Filling ingred to that 1 cup of batter. As for when to remove the springform pan, that isn't clear. It really only says to "run knife around to loosen", but doesn't say to remove pan. I think I would take if off after loosening w/knife."
"Would someone please clarify the directions? I read the review about the confusion another reader had and I too was confused about where to add the chocolate after removing the 1 cup batter and when to remove the springform pan. I would appreciate it so much. Thank you"
"This cheesecake is excellent. Well worth the time and steps to put this together. My husband thought it was a bought cheesecake!"
"My husband and I made it for Christmas and everyone loved it and it looks beautiful. I added a few more pecans to batter because we love nuts. Will definitely make this one again."
"I didn't change a thing....this cheesecake is definitely worth every minute of the prep time. It was extremely delish!! I will make this again but only for special occasions."
"This turtle cheesecake is very good. I do agree with craftingrandma that the directions could use some clarification, but once you get through what the directions are asking for it is a very excellent dessert."
"While this looks to be a great cheesecake, please make the directions a bit more clear!! For example....it says stir in melted chocolate until blended....do you stir it into the 1 cup batter that you put into a small bowl or into the original bowl? Also, when do you remove the pan? It tells you to run knife around edge to loosen, then cool 1 hour, the refrigerate overnight. Do you remove the pan before you refrigerate or not until after you add the ganache the next day? Forgive me for being slow, but I sure would like more clear directions. Thanks"
"I had this yesterday at our company Christmas party...It was possibly the BEST cheesecake that I have ever tasted. I can't wait to make it myself."
"I made this cheesecake and brought it to my aunts house for Thanksgiving. EVERYONE loved it, and thought i was going to culinary school."
"Big hit with my extended family! Extrememly rich so make sure you have some milk on hand. Time intensive but the result was definitely worth it. Looking for an excuse to make it again!"
"I made this for Thanksgiving, and I have to tell you this is fantastic...and the presentation is awsome.."
"This cheesecake is one of the best I've ever made."
"My husband made two of these last night. Took one to his work for potluck today. It is awesome everyone loved it. Sending out recipes. A keeper!!!"
"This was really good. I left out the pecans from the filling and did not use them for garnish. Ground up, the pecans made and amazing crust. My family just doesn't enjoy a ton of nuts."
"This is definitely a keeper. I am giving the recipe out every time I take this delicious cheesecake anywhere"
"This was the best cheesecake that I have ever made. It was sinfully delicious."
"best cheese cake I have ever made!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Very good. Rave reviews my everyone and I had most of the ingredients at home."
"I've tried it and it is very good"
"I tried this recipe and loved it. I was told it was better than the Cheese cake Factory. (for those who like their cheesecake) It is easy, the photo represents the product. There is nothing I would change. I will make it again."
"This cheesecake makes a stunning presentation. And it tastes great too!"
"This is an awesome cheesecake. It's not gritty like some. It's very rich. The milk chocolate ganache' was excellent in texture when spreading on the top the cheesecake. I made this two times and took them to church functions. One of the functions required an upscale dessert. The people raved about it."
"I would not change a thing. It was delicious."
"I made 6 different cheesecakes for a party I was having...This was the first to go! Everyone loved it! I made it the week before and froze it until the party."