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Turtle Cheesecake

"Our guests love this rich, delicious make-ahead dessert," field editor Jo Groth of Plainfield, Iowa relates.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + cooling Bake: 55 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    14-16 servings


  • 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 vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted and lightly cooled
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • 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. 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 492 calories, 31g fat (12g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.
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  • 2124arizona
    Jul 21, 2017

    We loved this cheesecake!! It turned out perfect! I wouldn't change a [email protected]

  • rena 55
    Apr 23, 2015

    What is not to love...caramel, chocolate and pecans all in a delicious cheesecake! Delicious!!

  • intlanne
    Feb 2, 2012

    There's a lot of cheesecake in this cheesecake. It's a richer flavor but very good. I liked the crust and have made it for other cheesecakes I've made also. My only complaint is that the layer of caramel on top of the bottom crust made the slicing of pieces a bit more difficult because it was hard and sticky. Other than that it was delicious.

  • Debra1
    Nov 9, 2011

    I made this for a rehersal dinner, it was soo good.

  • heartlandmom
    Jul 30, 2011

    I made recipe as written, but used all lower-fat Neufchatel cheese with no problems. I would suggest wrapping bottom of springform pan in foil as I had melted butter seep out, which then burns and smokes. Make sure to read recipe to the end--has to be chilled overnight for best result.

  • driv0656
    Mar 20, 2011

    My family has been making this recipe for YEARS!!!! Every Thanksgiving and Christmas it is made, and visitors ALWAYS rave about it! Definitely one that MUST be tried!

  • kbleha
    Jul 14, 2010

    RAVE reviews on this cheesecake. Easy to make and fantastic flavor. No one in my house could stop at just one piece!

  • Traysa1
    Dec 19, 2009

    This was my first experience in making a cheesecake. Wow what a wonderful taste and great fun to make.