Personal Sized Turtle Cheesecakes


My daughter has been wanting to make cheesecake for the past several weeks. She finally decided that digging out the spring-form pan was too difficult and she would make small cheesecakes in cupcake pans instead. As you notice other than cookies I rarely bake. It is just not my thing. She loves baking so I am happy to have her do it because I also love sweets.

This is the original recipe for Mini Turtle Cheesecakes that my daughter used from Handle the Heat with Tessa Arias. (click for link to original recipe)

Verdict:

These were so good! The crust was perfectly buttery, the toppings were very sweet and the cheesecake was deliciously creamy. She will be making these again soon but next time I am going to have her use the caramel topping that you need to heat to pour over ice cream. She chose a jarred sauce that was pourable. That was a bit of a mistake because the caramel remained soft and was a bit tough to eat. Other than that these were superb!

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers, about 9 crackers
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted with butter and brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in a 12 count muffin tin pan.
  2. In the food processor (or with a Ziploc bag and rolling-pin) grind the graham crackers into small crumbs. Add butter and continue to mix until fully moistened.
  3. Divide the crumbs into the 12 cups of the cupcake liners. Press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of the liners.
  4. Bake crusts for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Be careful not to over bake the crusts! Remove from oven and lower temperature to 325 degrees.
  5. In a large bowl beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, cream, salt, and cinnamon beating again until smooth. Add egg and beat until well combined.
  6. Divide mixture between cupcake liners. Bake for 18 – 20 ย minutes until set. Remove from oven and allow to cool. ย Cover and chill at least three hours up to overnight.
  7. To serve: Top with caramel sauce. Press candied pecans into caramel. Melt chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave until fully melted. Drizzle over cheesecakes. Refrigerate until firm and ready to serve.

 

32 Comments Add yours

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Lynn. My daughter did a great job.

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      1. yumm cant wait to try them

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  1. Jessica says:

    Wow! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  2. mistimaan says:

    Such a yummy recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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  3. Erika Kind says:

    That sounds like the sweetest sin ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I will definitely say that is true! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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  4. mdtcreative says:

    Amazing!!! This is one I’ve got to try. Thank you again for sharing such winderful,mouth watering recipes.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you like them.

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  5. Lacey says:

    Alllll the yessss

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  6. syl65 says:

    With the holidays being not so far away, these would make good holiday treats, Marci. Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! They would be delicious for Thanksgiving treats or for a Christmas party. Thank you for the idea!

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      1. syl65 says:

        Youโ€™re welcome and thatโ€™s exactly what I was thinking!

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  7. These look great! My husband loves turtles & cheese cake so Im definitely going to try this.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I hope he likes them.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

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  8. Did you notice? This has my name written all over it! ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Of course!

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  9. These look delicious and I’m definitely sharing it with my family!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope they like it!

      Like

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  10. Shared link on my blog, look fab! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!

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      1. Always a pleasure. …you have such great recipes I can’t keep up with all the ones I want to try! โ˜บ

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    Please tell your daughter she did an amazing job with these! I’m going to make these next week because I will have guests and these are company worthy!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Awe, thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

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