Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

by aimee @ shugarysweets on September 2, 2013

Rich, chocolate Cheesecakes topped with a milk chocolate ganache, caramel, and pecans! Next time you crave Cheesecake, try this Chocolate Turtle version!

Chocolate Turtle Cheesecakes: rich, chocolate cheesecake topped with a chocolate ganache, caramel and pecans!

I’m pretty much a sucker for all things caramel. Seriously. You can hand me an uncooked potato drizzled with caramel and I would eat it.

I love candy bars that have caramel, besides chewy fruity candy (like Skittles), anything with caramel would be my choice!

Last month I made these S’mores Cheesecakes and I knew I wanted to do a caramel topping on them.

You can totally make your own caramel sauce (this is an easy, no fail recipe) or use some jarred sauce (like ice cream topping caramel).

When making cheesecakes, I have to say, PHILADELPHIA is my number one ingredient. I don’t mind using store brands for some products, but not my cream cheese. (and no, this is NOT a sponsored post). I just Love My Philly!

Chocolate Turtle Cheesecakes: rich, chocolate cheesecake topped with a chocolate ganache, caramel and pecans

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Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 20-24 cheesecakes


    For the Crust:
  • 9 honey graham crackers (whole)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 2 pkg (8oz) PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • For the ganache:
  • 2 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 24 pecan halves


  1. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until fine crumbs. Pulse in sugar. Using a fork, mix in the melted butter. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of crust into the bottom of 20-24 paper lined muffin cups. Press into bottom of paper liner using a tart shaper or bottom of a cup. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla on high for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Beat in the cocoa powder. Spoon filling (about 2 Tbsp scoop) into muffin cups until 2/3 full. Bake cheesecakes in a 350 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  3. When cooled, begin ganache and frosting. In a glass bowl, add heavy cream and microwave one minute, until warmed. Add chocolate, heat an additional 60 seconds. Whisk smooth. Spoon about 1-2 Tbsp of ganach over each cooled cheesecake. Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with one pecan halve. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. ENJOY.

Do you love Caramel too? Here are a few of my favorites:

Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Frosting with Chocolate Cupcakes:


Easy Caramel Sauce:


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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting September 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Mini cheesecakes are my favorite. I can never take down a whole cheesecake, but I could use a few of these minis!
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aimee @ shugarysweets September 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Yeah, they are almost too easy to eat!!
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Trish September 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I’m almost a little bit embarrassed to admit I’ve never made a cheesecake. I need to make these and fix that :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets September 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

What?? Yes, fix that immediately!!!
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life September 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Oh my goodness! All those layers! *swoon* The caramel and potato cracked me up:). I’ll take it on this chocolate cheesecake! Your pictures are so clear, it’s amazing!
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aimee @ shugarysweets September 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Aw, thanks for the sweet compliment Mary Frances!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

YUM. I am a sucker for caramel too!
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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner September 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Love caramel! These mini cheesecakes look amazing! Gorgeous and yummy. Definitely pinning to make. :)
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Kaylee @ Couponing & Cooking September 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm

A. Those look ridiculously delicious!
B. I am pretty sure I bought a few too many of that same cupcake stand at BB&B today : )
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aimee @ shugarysweets September 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Ha! yep, that’s where I got mine too!!
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Kathy September 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Delicious! Now I am wanting cheesecake at 10:30 at night!
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Tanya Schroeder September 3, 2013 at 7:02 am

Oh yeah, I’m a total caramel fanatic! These look pretty sinful, and being so little, I could do some serious damage!
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Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts September 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

I LOVE cheesecake, but caramel sauce can only make it better! ;)


Eva @ Eva Bakes September 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Caramel is one of my all-time favorite things too. You and I would be good friends in real life. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets September 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Yep. I’m pretty sure we would :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life September 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I so want to see you eating an uncooked potato coated in caramel…too funny! I am a huge fan of caramel goodness too! Love these cute little turtle cheesecakes!!!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet September 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Yes! I am a caramel nut! These look delish! Need to try your easy sauce!
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Heather @ French Press September 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I am not a huge cheese cake fan, but i LOVE caramel and turtles…LOOKs amazing Aimee
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Des September 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

These mini cheesecakes are dangerous because they are so little it would be soooooooo easy to eat the entire batch.
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Liz September 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I love anything with caramel too and Skittles, well, they’re just the best! Caramel Skittles would be just amazing wouldn’t it?! Love these perfect size cheesecakes! :)
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Tonia@thegunnysack September 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Doesn’t get much better than cream cheese, chocolate and caramel!
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Abbie September 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

Wow, these tiny cheesecakes look delicious! They are so cute. :)
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain September 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I always need more chocolate in my life…and caramel…and cheesecake…
I think I really just need these to be FED-EX’d to me ASAP or I’ll die from withdrawal ;)
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Mackenzie @ Cheerios and Lattes September 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

A bite-sized turtle cheesecake; yes please! These are beautiful!


marcie@flavor the moments September 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Aren’t these just the cutest, most indulgent looking cheesecakes?! I love mini cheesecakes, and with caramel drizzled over the top, even better!
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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction September 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Love caramel desserts! These little turtle cheesecakes are perfect!
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Ashley September 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I love the caramel / pecan combination! And I like making mini cheesecakes …. something about eating a few of them doesn’t seem as bad as a piece of a regular size one. Despite the fact that my logic is clearly flawed I’m going to roll with it : )
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Trish - Mom On Timeout September 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Mini cheesecakes are the best! Love this turtle version Aimee!
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Kristen Duke September 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Oh yes – I’m a big fan of caramel too. These mini cheesecakes look fabulous and delicious!
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Maria G. September 5, 2013 at 5:12 am

I`ve never heard about chocolate cheesecake but this one looks very delicious. I think caramel suits perfectly to this cake but isn`t it too sweet? And what other toppings can be applied here? Personally I like to add some fruits to the cheesecake.
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Liz Fourez September 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

You are talking my language girl! This sounds amazing! I love turtle anything : )
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Lyuba@willcookforsmiles September 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Mmmmm, that is it about the chocolate, caramel and nut combination that makes them so good?! Look delicious!


Nutmeg Nanny September 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

Oh how divine :) my mouth is watering looking at these photos with that caramel on top, yum!!
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Louise Bloom October 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

I just died in goodness of this cheesecake! :D Looks So delicious and cute as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My kids would love this!


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