Luscious Turtle Cheesecake

You will love this Caramel Pecan cheesecake with Oreo crust! Turtle cheesecake is one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had, smooth, sweet and delicious.

With a plenty of caramel and chocolate sauce and pleasant pecan crunch, this is the best dessert to serve for your family and friends! Perfect to pair with your favorite strong tea or a cup coffee.

Magic flavor combination for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and other holiday. I’m sure there will be requests on making this dessert more than twice a year! Yes, it is luscious and beautiful!

This stunning dessert won’t cost you much effort to wow your guests. Follow my step-by-step instructions and you will make this great dessert easily!

Turtle Cheesecake with delicious caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and pecans. Perfect Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert. One of the the best cheesecake recipes!

Why it is called turtle cheesecake

This cheesecake got the name from the turtle candies that are popular in United States. These candies include caramel, pecans and chocolate. Similar flavors are used in this Turtle cheesecake recipe. The base is made with Oreo chocolate cookies crumbs and pecans, the cheesecake filling and delicious topping.

This is the best dessert idea, if you love the combination of caramel, chocolate and pecans. You will love this caramel cheesecake with pecans, too!

Luscious Turtle Cheesecake with chocolate and caramel sauce on top, sprinkled with chopped pecans, view from top

How to make cheesecake from scratch

If you follow our blog for a while, you already noticed few cheesecakes such as Raspberry cheesecake, Blueberry cheesecake and No Bake Baileys cheesecake.

Start the recipe a day before serving. It needs time to cool.

Start making the base with Oreo, brown sugar, pecans and melted butter. I used food processor, but alternatively you can place the cookies and nuts in the sealed bag and roll with the rolling pin until crumbs remain. Then mix with the melted butter until it resembles wet sand.

Press the crumbs in the bottom of the spring form pan to make a smooth base. Preheat the oven to 325 F / 160 C. Bake the Oreo crust 10 minutes. Let it cool, while making the cheese filling.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and flour. Then beat in sour cream, vanilla flavor. Beat with hand mixer, then add egg – one by one. Mix just until incorporated, as over mixing the cheesecake will make it too soft and it won’t set properly. Mix in flour in the end.

Finally, add in flour and transfer to the cake pan. Don’t forget to make the top smooth!

A side of Turtle Cheesecake with Oreo crust

How to bake cheesecake in water bath

You may already know that water bath prevents cheesecake from cracking. Cover the outer of spring form pan with foil and put it in the large baking tray. Fill the tray with hot boiling water until the 1/3 of the spring form pan.

Preheat the oven to 300 F / 150 C. It is important to bake the cheesecake on low temperature. This will ensure it is silky-smooth and creamy. The cooking time depend on your oven, I’ve baked mine 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The cheesecake is ready, when it is set, but slightly jiggly in the center. Over-baked cheesecake will be dry, gritty and may crack, so keep an eye on it!

Let it cool in the oven for 30 minutes, then open the door and let it cool further 30 minutes. Transfer the cheesecake on the counter top or wire rack and let it cool completely for about 1-2 hours before placing in the fridge overnight. Run the knife around the cheesecake before placing it in the fridge.

This cheesecake should be served cold.

A slice of Turtle Cheesecake, served on a white plate with extra caramel and chocolate sauce

How to make caramel sauce

The caramel sauce is the one I’ve made for Apple trifle. Simply cover the sugar with water and bring it to the boil. Keep cooking it on medium-low until browned. Don’t stir! The process may take up to 20-30 minutes.

Carefully add in butter and cook on low, stirring until incorporated. Pour to the heat-proof bowl that you can cover with the lid or cling film. Butter will make sure your caramel will never completely harden to make that perfect drizzle!

Pour some of the caramel on top of the cheesecake so it creates a smooth topping.

Store the remaining caramel up to a week in the fridge. Don’t worry, if it hardens. Reheat in the microwave until pour able consistency.

Alternatively, you can store it in the piping bag. Put the bag in the cup with hot water to melt the caramel.

Decorate the turtle cake before serving, and we highly recommend having some extra for drizzling every slice and plate. Homemade caramel sauce is so good!

How to make chocolate sauce

You need just 2 ingredients for chocolate sauce – chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips and heavy cream or milk.

Add chopped dark chocolate and heavy cream or milk in a heat-proof bowl. Microwave in 20 second increments, stirring until it is fluid and delicious. Oh no, I mean ready to drizzle!

Leave some extra for every piece of caramel pecan cheesecake!

Cut Turtle Cheesecake and the caramel sauce

How to decorate turtle cake

When the cheesecake is cooled, pour on some caramel on top. Then using the piping bag, drizzle with chocolate and more caramel sauce! Add crushed pecans on top.

Easy, delicious and beautiful turtle cheesecake with everyone favorite flavors is ready! Turtle candy cheesecake is sweet, delicious and rich. Keep in mind that your guests will request more than one slice.

You can store this caramel pecan cheesecake with or without topping in the fridge up to 5 days. Let it get to the room temperature before slicing.

Hope you will enjoy turtle cheesecake as much as we did! Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook! And if you make this caramel cheesecake with pecans or one of our other cheesecake recipe, tag us to let us know. We love to see what you are baking!

A slice of Turtle Cheesecake with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and pecans

Luscious Turtle Cheesecake

Cooking Journey
5 from 7 votes
Caramel Pecan cheesecake with Oreo crust. Smooth, sweet and luscious cake for special occasion.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Cooling 1 hr
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 1310 kcal

Equipment

  • 8″/20 cm spring form pan
  • food processor or rolling pin
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • large baking tray
  • sauce pan
  • piping bag




Ingredients 

Oreo cookie crust
  • 2 cups oreo cookies 200 g
  • ½ cup butter 113 g
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pecans 40 g
Cheesecake filling
  • cup cream cheese 800 g
  • 1 cup sour cream 165 g
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar 100 g
  • 3 tbsp flour all-purpose 24 g
Caramel sauce
  • 1 cup white sugar 200 g
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup butter 113 g
  • ½ cup heavy cream 150 ml
Chocolate sauce
  • cup chocolate 60 g
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream warm



Instructions
 

Oreo crust
  • Preheat the oven to 325 F / 160 C.
  • Remove the filing from Oreo cookies and place cookies in the food processor. Process until crumbs.
    Remove the filing from Oreo cookies and place cookies in the food processor. Process until crumbs.
  • Add half pecans and 1 tbsp brown sugar. Process again.
    Add half pecans and 1 tbsp brown sugar. Process again.
  • Add melted butter and process until wet crumbs.
    Add melted butter and process until wet crumbs.
  • Prepare spring form pan. Smear the bottom and sides of the pan with butter. Cover the foil around the pan until half high of the sides.
    Prepare spring form pan. Smear the bottom and sides of the pan with butter. Cover the foil around the pan until half high of the sides.
  • Add Oreo crumbs at the bottom of the spring form pan. Make it smooth with a spoon. Bake the Oreo crust 10 minutes. Let it cool on the counter top or wire rack.
    Add Oreo crumbs at the bottom of the spring form pan. Make it smooth with a spoon. Bake the Oreo crust 10 minutes. Let it cool on the counter top or wire rack.
Cheesecake filling
  • Lower the temperature of the oven to 300 F / 150 C.
    Lower the temperature of the oven to 300 F / 150 C.
  • Put cream cheese, brown sugar and flour in a large bowl. Combine with a hand mixer just until incorporated.
    Put cream cheese, brown sugar and flour in a large bowl. Combine with a hand mixer just until incorporated.
  • Add sour cream and vanilla flavoring. Mix until incorporated.
    Add sour cream and vanilla flavoring. Mix until incorporated.
  • Add eggs one by one, mixing with hand mixer. Don't forget to scrape the sides of the bowl.
    Add eggs one by one, mixing with hand mixer. Don't forget to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Put the spring form pan in a larger baking tray. Transfer the cream cheese filling on top of the Oreo base. Smooth the top with a spatula or spoon.
    Put the spring form pan in a larger baking tray. Transfer the cream cheese filling on top of the Oreo base. Smooth the top with a spatula or spoon.
  • Fill the large baking tray with hot water until 1/3 of the cake pan. Bake 1 hour and 30 minutes until set, but slightly jiggly in center. Let it cool in the oven for 30 minutes, then open the door and let it cool further 30 minutes.
    Fill the large baking tray with hot water until 1/3 of the cake pan. Bake 1 hour and 30 minutes until set, but slightly jiggly in center. Let it cool in the oven for 30 minutes, then open the door and let it cool further 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the cheesecake on the counter top or wire rack and let it cool completely for about 1-2 hours before placing in the fridge overnight. Run the knife around the cheesecake before placing it in the fridge.
    Transfer the cheesecake on the counter top or wire rack and let it cool completely for about 1-2 hours before placing in the fridge overnight. Run the knife around the cheesecake before placing it in the fridge.
Caramel sauce
  • Put white sugar in a pan and cover it with water. Bring it to the boil. Keep cooking it with a lid on about 20-30 minutes on low heat until browned. Don't stir!
    Putt white sugar in a pan and cover it with water. Bring it to the boil. Keep cooking it about 20-30 minutes on low heat until browned. Don't stir!
  • Add butter to the caramel and whisk on a low heat until incorporated.
    Add butter to the caramel and whisk on a low heat until incorporated.
  • Add warm heavy cream and keep whisking on low heat until smooth.
    Add warm heavy cream and keep whisking on low heat until smooth.
  • Pour 1/2 of caramel on top of the cooled cheesecake. Move the pan to let the caramel spread around. Place the cheesecake in the fridge for 10 minutes until caramel is set. Transfer other half of caramel in the piping bag.
    Pour 1/2 of caramel on top of the cooled cheesecake. Move the pan to let the caramel spread around. Place the cheesecake in the fridge for 10 minutes until caramel is set. Transfer other half of caramel in the piping bag.
Chocolate sauce
  • Add chopped dark chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Cover with heavy cream.
    Add chopped dark chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Cover with heavy cream.
  • Microwave chocolate sauce for 30-40 seconds. Stir until smooth and transfer to the piping bag.
    Microwave chocolate sauce for 30-40 seconds. Stir until smooth and transfer to the piping bag.
Decoration
  • Carefully remove the sides of the spring form pan.
    Carefully remove the sides of the spring form pan.
  • Pipe chocolate sauce on top of the cheesecake, then drizzle caramel sauce in between.
    Pipe chocolate sauce on top of the cheesecake, then drizzle caramel sauce in between.
  • Add remaining crushed pecans on top of the cheesecake.
    Add remaining crushed pecans on top of the cheesecake.
  • Highly recommend drizzle more caramel and chocolate sauce on each slice!
    Highly recommend drizzle more caramel and chocolate sauce on each slice!



Notes

Turtle cheesecake will last up to 5 days in the fridge.
 
Keyword caramel, Christmas, oreo, pecans, Thanksgiving


20 thoughts on “Luscious Turtle Cheesecake”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been on a bit of a pecan kick recently, so this turtle cheesecake looks like the perfect dessert! Can’t wait to give it a try 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    One of the best caramel cheesecakes that I’ve seen lately. I love how you captured the structure of it and passed the whole thing through the photos – those are some great skills right there!

  3. 5 stars
    Even the sound of this Turtle Cheesecake sounds delicious!! I was drooling a little there looking at the pics and thinking how I would like to eat it! Great work and can’t wait to give it a go, thanks.

  4. How much cream cheese do you actually use for the filling? The recipe is showing 3,5 cup so I wasn’t sure. Going to try this recipe this week, so I’m excited 🙂

    1. Hi Mel! I used exactly 800 grams of cream cheese. So 1 cup is 225 grams of cream cheese, which is 3 + a little more than a half of US cups. I suggest using kitchen scales to be precise. But if you don’t have them, you can use cup measurement, it will be good. Hope it helps, let us know, how it turns out!

  5. Help! The crust just came out of them oven and it’s super wet??? Like it has too much butter. I used a stick of better like you said. Is this normal or did I do something wrong? Also, it seems like I have a lot more cheesecake filling then what will fit in the pan??

    1. Hi Lauren! The crumbs with butter should resemble wet sand and stick together. Let the crust cool, when you removed it, the butter will harden and it will be ok. I used my 8″/20 cm spring form pan for this recipe. The cheesecake won’t rise, so it will be ok, if you fill your pie pan until the top, just leave half an inch or so.

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