Turtle Cheesecake

Pecans, caramel and chocolate all wrapped up in a decadent cheesecake batter, what could be better?

Turtle Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 14 ounces individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter one 9 inch springform pan.

2 Toast the pecans at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 6 minutes. Remove pecans and set aside. Leave oven at 350 degrees C (175 degrees C). In a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter.

3 Combine vanilla wafer crumbs with the melted butter then press into the bottom of the prepared springform pan. Place the pan onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove and allow to cool.

4 In a double boiler, or a bowl set over barely simmering water, melt the caramels in the evaporated milk. Stir until smooth. Pour this over the cooled crust. Sprinkle the nuts over the top.

5 In a bowl, combine the cheese, sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping down the bowl several times. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until smooth. Melt the chocolate chips in the double boiler and mix into the cheese mixture. Pour the batter over the caramel layer.

6 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes or until barely set. Chill over night in the refrigerator before serving.

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