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Turtle Cheesecake – A chocolate swirl cheesecake with a layer of caramel and pecans held together with a Oreo cookie crust.  


Turtle Cheesecake


While pregnant with our second child, I began to crave a chocolate cheesecake.

However, knowing myself and my inability to control myself when it came to how much I ate of it, I kept putting it off.

Then one day, the thought of a turtle cheesecake popped into my head.

Again, I knew that making one would be very dangerous (and not help me get rid of the baby weight I was now attempting to purge) and so I put it off.  

That is until Jodie and I started talking about cheesecake. She mentioned that she recently had a turtle cheesecake over Christmas and how good it was.  That was all I needed to hear to finally get me to break down and make it.  

I did however, wait until we had company over for dinner so I could pawn some of it off on them. Some. Not all.



Which means I ate it again for breakfast, another slice for lunch, oh and dessert again that night.

Knowing that this would again become breakfast, I had to get it out of the house.  

I literally had NO self control, it was amazingly good.  

So I took the rest to a neighbor begging them to save me from myself.  A request they were all too happy to assist with.

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. I could easily eat it for every meal and never get enough (and as you now know, have).  

And this one is no exception. It’s absolutely delicious.

So delicious I decided to make it again for my 35th birthday.  


Turtle Cheesecake


Generally people don’t make their own birthday cakes, but I couldn’t help myself.  

I really wanted to eat this again and I already had all the ingredients on hand, so alas I whipped it up for my birthday!  No one complained and I enjoyed it again for dessert, breakfast and lunch!  

Chocolate cookie crust, a layer of caramel and pecans topped with a chocolate swirl cheesecake.

Is there really anything better than this combination? I think not.  


Yield: 1 Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 28 regular stuffed Oreos
  • 7 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 (14 ounce) bag individual wrapped caramels
  • 1 (5 ounce) can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350*F
Bake pecans in oven for 6 minutes, set aside.
In a food processor or blender, blend up Oreo's with cream filling until a powder.
In a bowl combine Oreos and butter. Press this along the bottom and sides of your cheesecake pan.
Place crust on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
In a double boiler or heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, add unwrapped caramels and evaporated milk. Stir regularly until caramels are melted and mixture is creamy.
Pour Caramel mixture on top of the Oreo crust. Save approximately 3 Tablespoons for the drizzle on top.
Sprinkle pecans on top of caramel.
In a bowl combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Mix well, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
Add in eggs and mix well.
Melt Chocolate Chips in a double boiler (reserve 3 Tablespoons for drizzle on top).
Slowly swirl chocolate into cream cheese mixture. Do not over swirl or it will turn into chocolate cheesecake.
Pour cream cheese mixture on top of caramel pecan layer.
Bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes or until just barely set.
Remove from oven and allow to chill in refrigerator overnight until fully set.
Just before serving, drizzle with saved caramel and chocolate.


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Thursday 16th of April 2020

What would the ratio be for an instant pot sized version of this but cooked in the oven?


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Amber. I'm not really sure as I've not made it smaller. I'd say bake 20 minutes, test it, then another 10 if needed. Let me know if you make it and how it turns out!


Monday 4th of March 2019

Did this cheese cake crack or over brown. I'm in love with your regular cheesecake. I'm wondering if I can adapt all my "recipes" and just cook them all in a 200 degree oven for 3 hours 10 minutes. Any ideas?


Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Marie, I did not have issues with it cracking, but the nice thing about this cheesecake is that even if it does, you cover it with caramel and chocolate sauce. I LOVE my New York Cheesecake Recipe and it's been on my to do list to convert this over using that base recipe & baking method (as this recipe was developed 5 years ago). If you do try it, let me know how it turns out!

Jeanne Gilbert

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Did you line with parchmentor or grease. The bottom and sides of pan And did you put water in the cookie sheet before you set the pain on it?


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Jeanne, no water bath needed. There is enough butter in the crust that you wont need to grease your pan. However if you don't trust your pan, you can always line the outside with foil to ensure the butter doesn't leak out of your pan.


Monday 30th of July 2018

Janelle, I've been doing cheesecakes for close to 3 years now, 4 inch, 7 inch, and 9 inch. I'm pretty much the cheescake factory equivalent in my area (since the closest one is 2 hours away). With 16 flavors and counting I've been looking for a really good turtle recipe to add to my menu, and I'm running into the same problem as a previous comment is suggesting. The caramel is infusing with the oreo crust. I should mention my caramel is home made, which could be the problem, hardening after baking.


Monday 6th of August 2018

If you make your own, you'll have to cook it to a VERY soft stage so that when it bakes it doesn't solidify too much. I know you like to do everything homemade but if you use a store bought caramel sauce it will not solidify. It will stay gooey.


Tuesday 25th of April 2017

Hey instead of adding the chocolate into the mixture, add it to the top and swirl it around into the mix with a knife?


Tuesday 25th of April 2017

Yep! Totally doable!

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