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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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 sweetened 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

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and grease a 9 inch spring form 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 spring form pan.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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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35 Responses to “Turtle Cheesecake Recipe”

  1. grace — May 21, 2008 @ 8:16 am

    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. diva@theSugarBar — May 21, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    ooo that is rich! looks yummy as anything. i do love all that sauce and topping.

  3. Deborah — May 21, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

    The chocolate crust sounds fabulous, and caramel makes everything delicious!!

  4. My Sweet & Saucy — May 21, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

    That looks amazing! So rich and decadent!

  5. zohai — May 22, 2008 @ 1:43 am

    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)

  6. bbrian017 — May 22, 2008 @ 8:45 am

    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!

  7. K. Fields — May 22, 2008 @ 11:44 am

    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!

  8. Kevin — May 22, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

    That looks so decadent and good!

  9. Toni — May 23, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    I think that you should deliver me a piece of that cake!!!

  10. Dillon — May 25, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    It’s cakes like these that’d make women come to my home more often. Thanks.

  11. Michael — May 25, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    holy wow that looks so good, im going to have to make one now! 😀

  12. Bobby — May 25, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

    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.

  13. brilynn — June 15, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

    That looks amazing!
    I can’t help but think about turning it into an ice cream too…

  14. Bobby — June 15, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

    brilynn – wow, I can only imagine it would make a fantastic ice cream!

  15. KitchenGoddess@CulinaryTravels — June 18, 2008 @ 8:56 am

    That looks amazing, so mouthwatering.

  16. Bobby — June 18, 2008 @ 9:26 am

    KitchenGoddess – thanks, it was amazing… I want to make another one.

  17. Leah — June 27, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

    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!

  18. Bobby — June 28, 2008 @ 9:57 am

    Leah – peanut butter chips sound great in this. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  19. MARIAH — November 27, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    It was delicous and not too hard to make,I used to make them in school all the time but I forgot how good they were….SOO TASty

  20. miguel — December 26, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

    looks delicious making one for newyears(thank you)

  21. Norma — March 6, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    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.

  22. CINDY — April 17, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

    One of the easiest cheesecake recipes ever. It is as delicious as the picture shows it to be!

  23. Sebastian — October 2, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    It tastes absolutely amazing. A new personal favorite.

  24. Laura — October 31, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    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!

  25. ep — August 24, 2011 @ 11:23 am

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

  26. Bobby — August 25, 2011 @ 5:20 am

    ep- Baking time should be about the same but I would check them a little sooner just to be sure.

  27. Ann — August 27, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    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!! 🙂

  28. Maricela — November 22, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

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

  29. Bobby — November 22, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    Maricela- a water bath is not required for this recipe.

  30. Maricela — November 23, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Most cheesecake receipes require to do a ” water bath” does this need to be done with your receipe?

  31. Carol — November 28, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    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. 🙂

  32. Olivia — February 19, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    Why do you put lime in it? Is the lime flavor noticeable?

  33. Bobby — February 19, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Olivia- It is just for flavor as far as I know and the lime flavor is not noticeable.

  34. Olivia — February 20, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    thank you! the reviews on here were right, this cheesecake is AMAZINGGGGG! <3

  35. Carol — December 25, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    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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