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Turtle Cheesecake

 Turtle Cheesecake
"Our guests love this rich, delicious make-ahead dessert," field editor Jo Groth of Plainfield, Iowa relates.
14-16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + cooling Bake: 55 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafers)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted and lightly cooled
  • Whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine wafer crumbs and butter; blend well. Press into
  • the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a 10-in. springform pan. Place
  • pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until
  • set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a saucepan or microwave melt caramels with milk; stir until
  • smooth. Cool for 5 minutes. Pour into crust; top with 1-1/2 cups of
  • pecans.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla; mix
  • well. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Add
  • chocolate; mix just until blended. Carefully spread over pecans.

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Turtle Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Return to baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the
  • edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan. Garnish with remaining pecans and whipped cream
  • if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 492 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 232 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.