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Turtle Cheesecake Recipe: Sponsored by King Arthur Flour


4.8 from 8 reviews
Turtle Cheesecake Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • Crust:

  • 2.5-3 Cups - Oreo Cookies (Finely ground w/ frosting centers removed. 2 full family size package sleeves.)
  • 6 Tbsp - Salted Butter (Melted)

  • Cheesecake:

  • 32oz (4 Packages) - Cream Cheese
  • 1⅔ Cups - Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp - Flour
  • ¼ Tsp - Salt
  • 4 - Eggs
  • 2 - Egg Yolks
  • 1.5 Tsp - Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Cup - Sour Cream

  • Chocolate Ganache:

  • 3.5 oz - Heavy Cream
  • 4-6 oz - Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Onyx Wafers

  • Caramel Filling:

  • 10oz - King Arthur Flour Caramel (Filling)
  • 4 Tbsp - Heavy Cream (Can substitute for milk)
  • 1 Cup - Crushed Pecans + ½ Cup - Crushed Pecans for Topping

  • Caramel Drizzle:

  • 6-8oz - King Arthur Flour Caramel (Drizzle)
  • 3.5-4oz - Heavy Cream (Can substitute for milk)
  1. Finely grind oreo cookies. Add melted butter and sugar, and gently mix with a fork to combine and fully coat the crumbs.
  2. Press into a 9" spring form pan evenly bringing crust approx. 1 inch up the sides.
  3. Crush the pecans. Melt the caramel with the cream in a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in pecans.
  4. Gingerly drop caramel on Oreo crust and spread out along the bottom until reaching where the edges start working up the sides. Allow to chill for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 220º F.
  6. In a large mixer, on low, combine room temperature cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth.
  7. Add in 4 full eggs, plus 2 egg yolks one at a time until thoroughly incorporated.
  8. Add vanilla and sour cream, and beat until combined.
  9. Pour cheesecake mixture into pan and bake for 75 minutes.
  10. Fill a large oven safe bowl or pan with water and place on a rack under the cheesecake.
  11. Increase temperature to 300º F and continue to bake for another 30-40 minutes. Cheesecake should be firm, and very lightly golden.
  12. Remember to run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake as soon as it comes out to help avoid any possible cracking.
  13. Place back in the oven and allow to cool with the oven door opened a bit.
  14. Allow to cool to room temperature before covering placing in the fridge 3-24 hours.
  15. A few hours before ready to serve, make the chocolate ganache by bringing cream to a boil. (Watch closely.) Remove from heat and add chocolate whisking together until fully combined.. Pour over the top of the cheesecake.
  16. Top ganache with crushed pecans.
  17. Finally melt caramel with the cream and drizzle all over the top.
  18. Chill until 30 minutes before you're ready to serve.

KAFIngredientsKing Arthur Flour sponsored EpicureanDC’s Turtle Cheesecake Recipe by providing multiple ingredients including their 18oz caramel block, a 16oz package of Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Onyx Wafers, and a 4oz bottle of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract. We’ve been long-time fans of the KAF brand and use their flour whenever possible. However this was our first experience with any of the additional baking ingredients they carry online.

We had been day dreaming about a turtle cheesecake for weeks, and had some ideas up our sleeve. We took a lot of our actual cheesecake recipe from our NY Style Strawberry Cheesecake and made some additional changes and enhancements to reflect the look and flavor that we were wanting. (Although we’re not so sure it’s even possible to mess up caramel, chocolate, and pecans.) We also finally perfected a non-cracked cheesecake and adjusted our cooking times and methods so hopefully by following this recipe yours also turns out perfect.

In the end, we really enjoyed all three ingredients that King Arthur Flour sponsored. The vanilla had a strong, aromatic flavor that I haven’t run across yet in our baking adventures. The onyx wafers were edible right out of the package without the addition of any sugars, and helped balance the sweetness of the cheesecake. And, the caramel was soft, pliable when warmed up a little, and easy to work with. These have easily become some of our favorite baking ingredients and we think the quality is exceptional for even the pickiest home cook. We’re just excited we still have some of that chocolate and vanilla left.

King Arthur products can also be found on Amazon, including the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, and the Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Onyx Wafers.

Rebekah (Editor)

About Rebekah (Editor)

Rebekah spent much of her childhood on the coast of Maine where she cultivated her affinity for local seafood. Her lust for traveling extended beyond her New England borders and so she spent time traveling to Nepal, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and various parts of the U.S. before taking up blogging and spawn rearing as her full time gig. A transplant into the DC Metro Area, she has a newfound enthusiasm for gastronomy, and finding the best indulgences in the District. Rebekah's photographs and writing have been published by various media outlets, however her love of adventure would find her constantly on the go exploring new places and cuisine.

30 thoughts on “Turtle Cheesecake Recipe: Sponsored by King Arthur Flour

  1. This is a beautiful cake, and the recipe is not as complex as some I’ve used. I’m feeling like I can follow it and come out with similar results. I can almost smell the wonderful from here!

  2. I looked at this recipe earlier today and was reading the ingredients off to my sisters over the phone. They told me to cut it out because they’ve given up sugar and sweets for lent. This recipe is amazing and to die for; I can’t wait until lent is over. It will be one of the first things I make!

  3. That looks positively heavenly. I’m the only turtle fan in our family so if I made it, I would have to eat it all by myself. To make or not to make? That is the question. 🙂

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