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Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Turtle Cheesecake
Recently I had to make a couple cheesecakes for a graduation party.  I knew one, of course, was going to be my New York Cheesecake, but what was the other going to be? Immediately I began looking through my cheesecake recipes and the decision was made, I decided to go with a turtle cheesecake. Delicious rich chocolate, creamy smooth caramel and the finest of pecans all in a cheesecake – how could I go wrong? Needless the say it was a huge hit at the party and I think both of my cheesecakes were gone in about 5 minutes. I guess I should have made a couple more. Alright, enough about the parties, let’s get onto the recipe. This recipe will take a little work as all cheesecakes do, but in the end it’s well worth it. What I love about this cheesecake is the chocolate graham cracker crust and the topping of chocolate morsels, chocolate syrup, and caramels. If you need a great cheesecake recipe that almost everyone will love, go with this recipe for turtle cheesecake.
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Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 1 ¾ cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs  (crushed)
  • ½ cup melted butter (or margarine)
  • 3 (8 oz) packages of softened cream cheese
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweeten condensed milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sundae syrup
  • ½ cup pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and grease a 9-inch springform pan. Combine Chocolate graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl. Press mixture onto the bottom and 1 inch up the side of the springform pan.
  2. In a bowl beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until its smooth. Add sugar, lime juice, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat together until fully mixed.
  3. Microwave chocolate morsels in 10-second intervals until morsels are just melted. Stir 2 cups of cheesecake batter into the melted morsels.  Then spoon separate batters alternatively into the crust. Start with the batter without the morsels, then with the morsels, and end with the batter without the morsels.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cheesecake is set (when the center moves just slightly). When cheesecake is done, cool completely. After the cheesecake is cooled top with chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, pecans, and chocolate morsels. Enjoy.

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  1. grace says:

    turtle cheesecake is phenomenal. how can you beat cheesecake, with chocolate and caramel and pecans? seriously! yours looks stellar, and if it were available to me for any length of time, i’d weigh 600 pounds. and be really happy. 🙂

  2. zohai says:

    OMG! It looks delicious. But I’m just wondering why is it called turtle cheesecake =D What’s the turtle doing in there? Thanks though for the great recipe (and picture.. Nyam)

  3. bbrian017 says:

    Maybe it’s named turtle and after the infamous turtle raw raw raw guys!

    It has buts and stuff so maybe it tastes like those turtle candy things!

    Looks good mmmm and it’s my lunch time soon woot!

  4. K. Fields says:

    Oh, my, I can’t cook, would you be my friend?
    Well, okay, I can cook some, hotdogs, spaghetti and sauce, macaroni and cheese, and box cakes…
    Nothing like this…I think I need to keep an eye on your blog so I can find out what I’ve been missing..Thank-you!

  5. Bobby says:

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to your comments guys…

    grace – indeed, it can’t be beaten! I had to stop eating it myself, it was so good I actually had to make another one :).

    diva – thanks, it’s really is delicious!

    Deborah – You’re right, chocolate and caramel does make everything taste great.

    My Sweet & Saucy – it is amazing, you should try it for sure.

    Zohai – it’s turtle cheesecake because it’s like the turtle candies you can buy in the store.

    bbrian – enjoy your lunch 🙂

    K. Fields – I can be your friend!! 🙂 haha, stick around many more great ones to come.

    Kevin – it is the bomb!

    Toni – Sorry, it’s all gone… I ate it all. The Calories…the calories…haha, well worth it!

    Dillon – She will love it!

    Michael – Let me know how it turns out.

  6. Leah says:

    so i made this for our father’s day celebration. ridiculously good! while making it, i found that i had some extra peanut butter chips and added them (maybe 1/2 cup) to the chocolate chip batter and it was delish. not too pb’ish but just perfect. thanks for the recipe!

  7. Norma says:

    Without a doubt, the best cheesecake I have ever made. I am making my third today. I also found it very easy to make. Mine didn’t look exactly like yours, but it was beautiful anyway. I put the topping around about 2 inches of the outside, and the topping seemed a little thicker than what was pictured. Mine also came to the top of the crust.

  8. Laura says:

    This looks fantastic. I searched turtle cheesecake because I was forming a recipe idea to make one; and this was my first search result to click on because of the photo! I have never heard of putting sw condensed milk in cheesecake and I really like that idea! Especially because I have a can that I need to use. If I make it, I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thank you for posting the photo and recipe!

  9. ep says:

    If i was to bake these in a cupcake pan, what would the timing be? Is it possible to make it individually?

  10. Ann says:

    Made this cheesecake yesterday for my daughter’s 12th birthday! It was amazing. Everyone loved it!! I had searched online for hours to find that perfect one..This is the one! The picture’s did it for me & the cooking Instructions were great. Very easy to follow. Thanks for sharing Bobby!! 🙂

  11. Maricela says:

    Other cheesecakes I’ve made require the ” water bath” I didn’t see it on this recipe and just wanted to make sure 🙂

  12. Carol says:

    I have been using this recipe for years. It is my “go to” cheesecake recipe, and always gets rave reviews. I have tweaked it a bit: I add 1/2 cup sour cream, and I melt caramels and pour them on the crust for a caramel layer in between the crust and the cheesecake filling. I blogged about this recipe today and gave you a backlink to this recipe so you get the authorship. 🙂 Thanks for an amazing recipe. 🙂

  13. Carol says:

    Blogged about this today. Gave you all a back-link! BEST cheesecake ever. I have tweaked it a bit, but it is still super delicious either way!!

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