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Diane’s Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

I am 5 years younger than my sister and in order to be more like her I convinced myself I did not like cheesecake.  The same with red meat, refried beans, jello, and cheeseburgers.  I was so brainwashed by her big sister powers that it was not until 2011 that I found out how much I love cheesecake!  It was this particular chocolate turtle cheesecake that won over my heart.

The recipe comes from a good family friends grandmother that is the master of all cheesecakes.  She recently came out with a cook book Made with Love, By Diane which I unfortunately cannot find online. It must just be sold to family and friends for now, as soon as it is ‘google-able’ I will share it with you.

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Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake
Adapted by Made with Love by Diane

Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tbls. sugar
  • 6 Tbls. melted butter

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 (14 oz) package caramels
  • 1 (5 oz) can Carnation evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
Directions
Place graham crackers into a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crumble.  Melt butter in pie pan, add sugar.  Mix in graham cracker crumbs and flatten with a spoon.  Make sure to spread the graham cracker up to the lip of the pie pan to prevent carmel from touching the pan.  Bake pie crust at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Let cool to room temperature.
Mix evaporated milk and carmel in a small saucepan at medium heat, stirring frequently.  After liquified let carmel cool to room temperature.  Pour melted carmel over crust and spread with a spatula.  Chop and toast pecans.  Scatter toasted pecans over carmel.  Save some for decoration toppings.
Beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until creamy smooth.   Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each.  Melt chocolate.  Blend in melted chocolate.  Pour over pecan layer starting at the outside and working your way to the center.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  To prevent cracks place a pie pan filled with water on the bottom rack.  Bake cheesecake in the oven for 40 minutes.   Do not open the oven until after the 30 minutes.  It is very important for the heat in the oven to be even while cooking the cheesecake.  Let cheesecake cool to room temperature then place in the fridge, without a cover, over night.
To create chocolate drizzle melt chocolate chips and drizzle with a fork or icing tool.  Scatter extra toasted pecans over the chocolate drizzle.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Melt butter in pie pan, add sugar. Mix in graham cracker crumbs and flatten with a spoon.  Make sure to spread the graham cracker up to the rip of the pie pan to prevent carmel from touching the pan.  Bake pie crust at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Let cool to room temperature
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Mix evaporated milk and carmel in a small saucepan at medium heat, stirring frequently.  After liquified let carmel cool to room temperature.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Pour melted carmel over crust and spread with a spatula.  Chop and toast pecans. Scatter toasted pecans over carmel.  Save some for decoration toppings.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until creamy smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Melt chocolate.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Blend in melted chocolate.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Pour over pecan layer starting at the outside and working your way to the center.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  To prevent cracks place a pie pan filled with water on the bottom rack.  Bake cheesecake in the oven for 40 minutes.   Do not open the oven until after the 30 minutes.
Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
To create chocolate drizzle melt chocolate chips and drizzle with a fork or icing tool.Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
 Diane's Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake | www.vanillaandvelvet.com
Scatter extra toasted pecans over the chocolate drizzle.
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