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Simple Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Simple Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

For an almost instant dessert, I spread homemade ganache and caramel sauce over pre-made cheesecake. It makes the holidays feel slightly less hectic. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 frozen New York-style cheesecake (30 ounces), thawed
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup


  • 1. Place cheesecake on a serving plate. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring 1/4 cup cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Pour over cheesecake; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate until set.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining cream and return to a boil. Remove from heat. Serve warm with cheesecake or, if desired, cool completely and drizzle over cheesecake. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 585 calories, 40g fat (20g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 276mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

"This an amazing cheat when you need a last minute dessert. I actually bought a small cheesecake from the bakery section and then topped it according to the recipe. Made me look like a rock star!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014 Edited Jun. 28, 2017

"I made this the other day for my book club luncheon and I think it is one of the very best cheesecakes I have ever eaten. As the name implies, it is simple to prepare. I followed the recipe exactly and one thing I would do differently would be to add more toasted pecans to the top. I do recommend keeping the paper around the cheesecake when adding the chocolate topping. Refrigerate then remove the paper just before serving. This recipe is over the moon good.

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