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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Turtle Cheesecake

 
This year for Christmas dinner we decided to have a spiral ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, & green beans. We needed a special dessert to go along with it & decided to have turtle cheesecake. It was so good, we will be having it again.

Turtle Cheesecake
Crust:
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted butter 
 
Caramel for crust:
30 caramels
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
 
Filling:
3 (8 ounces) cream cheese room temperature
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
 
Topping:
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips + a teaspoon of shortening. Heat together to melt
10 caramels + 1 Tablespoon milk. Heat together to melt.
 
Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, & melted butter. Then press into a springtime pan.
 
Sprinkle pecans on graham cracker crust. Melt caramel & milk in a microwave bowl & pour over pecans.
 
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar & vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl often. Add one egg and beat until smooth & scrape down the sides of the bowl. Do this with both of the other eggs. Scrape down the sides of the bowl & beat for 2 minutes.
 
Fill spring form pan with filling and bake for 40 minutes at 325°. Let cool & remove from pan.
 
Garnish top with pecans and melted chocolate & caramel.

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