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Turtle Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake is a dessert with an Oreo cookie and toasted pecans crust, filled with a chocolate-swirled cheesecake filling and topped with caramel, hot fudge, and more pecans.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Cooling Time5 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turtle Cheesecake
Servings: 12
Calories: 494kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net



  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick or 57 g) unsalted butter, melted


  • cup pecans, roughly chopped and divided


  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup superfine granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • cup sour cream, room temperature
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • ½ cup hot fudge


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.


  • Add Oreo cookies to a food processor and crush until you have a fine crumb and very few larger pieces.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the crushed Oreo cookies and melted butter and stir until evenly distributed.
  • Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.


  • Add 1½ cup chopped pecans to a dry skillet. Heat over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant. Let cool.
  • Measure out ½ cup of pecans and set aside for the topping. Pour the remaining pecans over the crust and distribute evenly.


  • Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese on medium-high until smooth and creamy.
  • Beat in the sugar and flour on medium-low speed, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix again, if necessary, until there are no lumps.
  • Add in the sour cream and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • With the mixer on low, add in eggs, one by one, until fully incorporated. Stop when the mixture is fully combined. Overheating (mixing) adds excess air into the batter, which can cause cracks in the cheesecake.
  • In a medium bowl, heat chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring as needed until melted and smooth. Stir 2 cups of the cheesecake batter into the melted chocolate; mix gently until incorporated.
  • Pour the vanilla cheesecake batter on top of the pecans and crust. Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate batter over the vanilla batter. Then, swirl with a knife or an offset spatula.
  • Bake until the top of the cheesecake turns golden (60-70 minutes). The cheesecake is done when 2-3 inches around the outside is set and barely puffed and the middle barely jiggles. The internal temperature of a baked cheesecake should read 150°F (and no higher than 160°F or cracks will form and texture will be tough).
  • With the cheesecake still in the oven, turn off the oven and crack the oven door. Let the cheesecake cool in the oven for about an hour. Next, remove it from the oven to cool on a wire rack until it is at room temperature. Then, place the cheesecake in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.


  • When ready to serve, top with caramel sauce, hot fudge, and reserved toasted pecans.


Calories: 494kcal