Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Tips for making cheesecake

2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs

¼ cup butter, melted

20 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons whipping cream

Caramel and chocolate toppings (recipes follow)

¾ cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. For the crust, combine the cookie crumbs and the melted butter; press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

For the filling, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the sugar, flour, salt and vanilla; mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the cream. Pour over the crust,

Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees, then reduce the oven temperature to 200 degrees. Continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until completely set. Loosen the cake from the rim of the pan; cool completely before removing the rim of the pan. Meanwhile, prepare the caramel and chocolate toppings.

Drizzle the cake with the toppings. Refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with the pecans before serving.

Caramel topping: Combine 14 ounces of caramels and ¼ cup whipping cream in a small saucepan; stir over low heat until smooth.

Chocolate topping: Combine 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon butter and 2 tablespoons whipping cream in a small saucepan; stir over low heat until smooth.

Source: Best Loved Chocolate Recipes,Publications International, Ltd., 1997

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