Desserts

Turtle Cheesecake

This Turtle Cheesecake is made with a graham cracker crust and filled with a cream cheese, cottage cheese and greek yogurt filling. It's topped with creamy caramel, melted dark chocolate and candied pecans for a rich and creamy flavor!

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turtle cheese cake

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Turtle Cheesecake is made with cottage cheese and greek yogurt giving it a higher protein content.
  • It’s very easy to make, the hardest part is letting it set up in the fridge.
  • It’s topped with caramel, dark chocolate and candied pecans.
  • Perfect for any occasion, but especially the holidays!
  • This turtle cheesecake is made WITHOUT a water bath.
  • You can make a few days in advanced!
  • You can also make these bite sized in cupcake tins.
  • If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my Pumpkin Cheesecake Jars!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Turtle Cheesecake. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

The crust is made with crushed graham crackers, melted grass-fed butter and some coconut sugar but you can also use cane sugar.

Greek yogurt adds a great tangy flavor but also adds in some protein for a bit more nutrition. You can however sub this out for sour cream.

Melted white chocolate is added to the batter which gives such a yummy flavor for this cheesecake. You may sub this out for dark chocolate, but please note your cheesecake will be brown and not white.

Cream cheese is a must for cheesecake!

Add in cottage cheese which again adds more protein content!

Eggs will help bind all the ingredients together and give this cheesecake a fluffy texture.

Vanilla bean paste adds much more flavor than vanilla extract, but both will work.

This cheesecake is topped off with melted caramel candies that are melted, or you can use my homemade coconut caramel sauce.

It’s drizzled with melted dark chocolate, but milk chocolate works too. Finally, it’s finished off with candied pecans, but regular will be fine as well.

all the ingredients that you need to make this cheesecake

How To Make

ONE: Make the crust by crushed graham crackers in a food processor and adding in the melted butter and coconut sugar. Press crust into a spring form pan and bake.

TWO: While it’s baking, make the filling by whipping the cream cheese until it’s light and fluffy- about 1 minute.

THREE: Next, add in the greek yogurt, cottage cheese, melted white chocolate, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla bean paste.

FOUR: Pour batter over baked crust and return to the oven for 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 hour before placing in the fridge to cool completely, about 3 hours.

filling poured over crust

FIVE: When ready, add on caramel, melted dark chocolate and candied pecans. Return to the fridge for 30 minutes to set and enjoy!

Tips And Tricks

To prevent your cheesecake from cracking, follow these steps:

Use room temperature ingredients. This will allow your ingredients to combine more easily and prevent over-mixing.

Do not over-mix. Over-mixing can cause your cheesecake to puff up during baking, then shrink (and crack) while it cools.

a slice of turtle cheesecake on a plate

How To Serve And Store

Serve this Turtle Cheesecake with a drizzle of caramel or my coconut caramel sauce and some melted dark chocolate. Finish it off with some candied pecans and enjoy with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee.

Store leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy up to 4-5 days.

a slice of cheesecake on a plate

Taste And Texture

This Turtle Cheesecake is sweet, creamy and full of flavor. It has a rich taste, but isn’t too over-powering.

The texture is smooth and creamy with a crunchy crust.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you call this recipe turtle cheesecake?

Turtle candy is a pecan, caramel and chocolate nut cluster that resembles a turtle. This cheesecake embodies all of those flavors!

Can I make turtle cheesecake gluten free?

You can try, swap out the traditional graham crackers for gluten free, However, I have not tested this myself so I cannot say for sure, but it should work!

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, totally, Just bake the cheesecake as directed and leave in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy!

Other Recipes You May Like

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Turtle Cheesecake

This Turtle Cheesecake is made with a graham cracker crust and filled with a cream cheese, cottage cheese and greek yogurt filling. It's topped with creamy caramel, melted dark chocolate and candied pecans for a rich and creamy flavor!
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PREP TIME:
4 hours
COOK TIME:
60 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
5 hours
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Cheesecake Crust

  • 1⅓ cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup melted grass-fed butter

For the cheesecake batter

  • 2 8oz ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cottage cheese, blended
  • 1 cup good quality white chocolate chips, melted
  • ½ cup coconut sugar, or cane sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted caramel
  • 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans, or toasted

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

12 servings

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, prepare a springform pan by lining with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, add in graham crackers and pulse until a fine powder. Add in the melted butter and coconut sugar and blend until a crumb is formed.
  3. Press crust into a spring form pan and use the bottom of a glass to spread evenly. Bake for 12 minutes. 
  4. In the meantime, make the filling by whipping the softened cream cheese in an electric mixer until it's light and fluffy- about 1 minute.
  5. Next, add in the greek yogurt, blended cottage cheese, melted white chocolate, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla bean paste. Mix once more. 
  6. Pour batter over baked crust and return to the oven for 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 hour before placing in the fridge to cool completely, about 3-4 hours.
  7. When ready, add on the caramel, melted dark chocolate and candied pecans.
  8. Return to the fridge for 30 minutes to set, slice into and enjoy!

Notes

  • To prevent your cheesecake from cracking, follow these steps:
  • Use room temperature ingredients. This will allow your ingredients to combine more easily and prevent over-mixing.
  • Do not over-mix. Over-mixing can cause your cheesecake to puff up during baking, then shrink (and crack) while it cools.

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