Cheesecakes. I love them. As it isn’t apparent by the number of different kind of cheesecakes I have made in the last several months. To think I always thought cheesecakes were so difficult to make makes me laugh now.
Anyhow, for Shazia’s bridal shower yesterday, I made a Turtle Cheesecake with an Oreo based crust. Turtle? What’s a turtle you ask? Not exactly sure why, but it’s the combination of chocolate, caramel and pecans. And that’s exactly what my cheesecake this day was. And the Oreos? Well, that was just for fun.
What you you need:
- Cream-filled cookies [like Oreos]
- 2 packages of [8-ounce] cream cheese, softened
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- Mini chocolate chip morsels
- Chopped pecans
To make the cheesecake:
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Crumble the [Oreo] cookies and press onto the bottom of your [springform] pan. This is your crust!
- Combine the other four ingredients [cream cheese, vanilla extract, eggs and sugar] until it is a smooth mixture. Then pour over your Oreo based crust.
- Sprinkle the top of your cheesecake batter with mini chocolate chips and pecans. Two out of three of the “turtle”. The third, the caramel, will be drizzled on top right before serving.
- Bake, in your preheated oven, for 50 minutes. Let it cool completely before removing it from the [springform] pan and cutting into it [to give the cheesecake time to settle].
- Right before serving, drizzle the top of the cheesecake with caramel.
P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.