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Caramel Turtle Cheesecake – Sally’s Baking Dependancy


This caramel turtle cheesecake takes the tasty trio that makes up turtle candies—caramel, pecans, and chocolate—and combines it with wealthy, creamy cheesecake. From the thick chocolate cookie crumb crust to the sleek cheesecake layered with caramel sauce, this pecan-studded magnificence is an indulgent dessert that elicits loads of oohs and aahs from all who’re fortunate sufficient to attempt a slice!

close up of turtle cheesecake with salted caramel sauce, melted chocolate, and pile of caramel pecans on top.

You understand these lovely little confections made up of pecans, caramel, and chocolate, clustered collectively to appear like a bit of turtle? I’ve a recipe for them in my ebook Sally’s Sweet Dependancy.

At the moment we’re reimagining these cute candies as a decadent cheesecake, and it’s every thing you’re keen on about each these treats, multi function dessert. Take into account it the cheesecake model of my caramel turtle brownie pie, or my salted caramel turtle brownies. (Each are very talked-about desserts with my workforce!)

turtle cheesecake with caramel sauce, melted chocolate, and pile of caramel pecans on top with sea salt.

Many Layers to Love in This Caramel Turtle Cheesecake

Each chew of this layered delight will take your tastebuds on a flavorful journey to Texturetown:

  1. Oreo Pecan Crust: You’re beginning with a easy 2-ingredient Oreo cookie crumb crust as the bottom of our dessert, similar to we use for caramel turtle brownie pie. I barely cut back the butter, as a result of I discovered the caramel within the cheesecake filling seeped a bit into the crust, and there was merely an excessive amount of liquid. After pre-baking the crust for 10 minutes, sprinkle some roughly chopped pecans over the crust. A lot texture and taste already!
  2. Caramel Cheesecake Filling: The star of the present is the velvety-smooth cheesecake filling. You’re sweetening it with flavorful brown sugar, and swirling a layer of caramel sauce proper within the center. However I promise it’s not overly candy! This cheesecake filling hits simply the precise steadiness of tangy cream cheese and candy caramel. Even higher for those who use do-it-yourself salted caramel right here, which I do.
  3. Turtle Topping: Extra pecans + extra caramel + melted chocolate = extra to like!
slice of caramel turtle cheesecake being removed from springform pan.

Right here’s every thing it’s worthwhile to make this masterpiece:

  1. Oreos: You want 22 chocolate sandwich cookies—the common type, not Double-Stuf.
  2. Butter: Somewhat melted butter serves to bind the Oreo crumbs collectively to make the crust.
  3. Pecans: Half the pecans nestle between the crust and the cheesecake filling, and the opposite half will get piled on high earlier than serving.
  4. Brick Cream Cheese: Use 32 ounces of full-fat brick-style cream cheese. Ensure you’re shopping for the bricks of cream cheese (you’ll want 4 of them), not cream cheese unfold.
  5. Brown Sugar: The molasses content material in brown sugar makes for a extra flavorful, caramel-like taste than white sugar. You should utilize mild or darkish (or a mixture of each!) brown sugar right here, similar to this beloved pecan pie cheesecake.
  6. Bitter Cream: Makes for a {smooth} and velvety texture, and offers it that calmly tangy taste. With out it, you’ll be consuming baked cream cheese.
  7. Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract provides taste, particularly do-it-yourself vanilla extract!
  8. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice brightens up the cheesecake’s total taste and retains it from tasting flat. Only a teaspoon gained’t make it style like a lemon cheesecake.
  9. Eggs: The ultimate ingredient; you want 3.
  10. Caramel Sauce: You should utilize store-bought caramel sauce, however I particularly love utilizing do-it-yourself salted caramel sauce in and on this turtle cheesecake. You may halve the quantity of salt to make it common caramel sauce.
  11. Chocolate: You should utilize semi-sweet or milk chocolate for topping, no matter your chocolate-loving coronary heart wishes. Soften the chocolate and drizzle on high of the chilly cheesecake earlier than serving.
ingredients on counter including measured out Oreos in bowl, butter, eggs, half lemon, vanilla, sour cream, brown sugar, cream cheese blocks, and chocolate bar.

Let’s Begin With the Crust

Is there actually something higher than an Oreo crust? This is identical 2-ingredient crust we use for cookies & cream pie and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars, solely with 4 Tablespoons of butter as a substitute of 5. (Once more, due to that buttery caramel.) All it’s important to do is pulse Oreos right into a high quality crumb (the complete sandwich cookie, cream filling and all), combine the crumbs with melted butter, and press into your 9-inch springform pan.

You’ll pre-bake the crust for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle pecans over the nice and cozy crust. You could possibly use chocolate chips as a substitute, for those who’d like!

measuring cup pressing Oreo crumbs into crust and shown again in pan with chopped pecans on top.

Toasting the pecans is an optionally available step you possibly can take if you wish to add a bit of roasty-toasty taste to the buttery nuts. See the Notes part of the recipe card beneath for particulars on tips on how to toast pecans.


Caramel-Swirled Cheesecake Batter

As soon as your crust is able to go, put together the cheesecake batter with a mixer.

Success Tip: Ensure all the cheesecake batter elements are at room temperature so the batter stays {smooth}, even, and combines shortly. Beating chilly elements collectively will end in a chunky over-beaten cheesecake batter. And that’s hardly the best way we need to begin!

One other Success Tip: Beat the eggs in final, one by one, till they’re *simply* integrated. Don’t over-mix the batter after you add the eggs. It will whip air into the cheesecake batter, leading to a cracked, deflated cheesecake. No thanks!

creamy batter in glass bowl and shown again spread into springform pan that's wrapped in foil.

Discover the aluminum foil wrapped across the pan? That’s as a result of we’ll bake this cheesecake in a water bathtub, and people directions are included beneath. I even have a whole put up and video tutorial for Methods to Make a Cheesecake Water Bathtub.

You’ll have about 6 cups of cheesecake batter. Pour about half of the batter (I simply eyeball it) into the crust, and unfold it right into a {smooth}, even layer. Drizzle about 1/4 cup of caramel sauce excessive, and gently swirl it with a knife. The caramel layer form of disappears when the cheesecake bakes, so that you gained’t see this ribbon of liquid gold working by a slice, however you’ll nonetheless style it!

knife swirling caramel into cheesecake batter in Oreo crust.

Pour the remaining cheesecake batter excessive, and {smooth} it out—an offset icing spatula works rather well for this.

hand spreading batter with offset spatula in springform pan set in a roasting pan.

Let’s Cool & Chill

It’s arduous to attend for the hours to move earlier than you possibly can slice into this magnificence. But when there’s something we’ve discovered from turtles, it’s that gradual and regular wins the race! And gradual and regular is certainly the best way to go in terms of cooling a cheesecake.

Cool the cheesecake within the cooling oven. When the cheesecake is completed (edges are set however the middle continues to be a bit jiggly), flip the oven off, crack open the oven door, and go away the cheesecake inside for at the very least 1 hour. A drastic and sudden change of temperature isn’t ultimate for cheesecake—from scorching oven to chill counter—so do your greatest to manage the surroundings by leaving the cheesecake inside. After the cheesecake has cooled within the oven for at the very least 1 hour (and even longer), you possibly can take it out and let it end cooling at room temperature.

Chill your cheesecake for at the very least 4 hours and even in a single day. The cheesecake will end setting within the fridge, after which you possibly can high it.

brown sugar cheesecake on marble counter with pecans, spoonful of caramel, sea salt, and melted chocolate around it.

Caramel Turtle Cheesecake Topping

AKA the very best half! Soften 4 ounces of chocolate, and drizzle over the chilled cheesecake. The chocolate units shortly, as a result of the cheesecake is chilly. And truthfully, biting into smooth and creamy cheesecake with barely hardened, crisp chocolate on high is simply… textural bliss.

Pile some pecans within the middle, or throughout, and drizzle every thing with extra of your caramel sauce. Be happy to complete all of it off with flaky sea salt. If you happen to’re purchasing for sea salt and want a suggestion, I exploit and love Maldon sea salt.

Crisp, crunchy, creamy, tangy, drippy, candy, salted euphoria. That is caramel turtle cheesecake!

side view of caramel pecan turtle cheesecake with chocolate turtle candies around it.
slice of caramel chocolate pecan cheesecake on white plate with fork.

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