Chocolate Turtle Cheesecakes are made in individual portions, topped with pecans, caramel and–of course–a milk chocolate ganache. This turtle version of a classic cheesecake is the ultimate indulgence!
Easy Individual Chocolate Cheesecakes
Did you know that you can make mini cheesecakes in your muffin tin?
Everyone loves cheesecake but, let’s face it, it’s not always the easiest dessert to serve. When you’re eating with a crowd or bringing the dessert to this year’s holiday party, you need a dessert that you can pass out easily.
This Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake recipe shows you how to make individual mini cheesecakes so you can have your (cheese)cake and avoid the hassle too. Instead of slicing pieces of cheesecake for everyone, everyone can grab their own mini cheesecake.
No silverware required!
- Graham Crackers – I used honey graham crackers for a classic cheesecake crust. Chocolate graham crackers would be delicious too.
- Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder – The darker the cocoa, the richer the chocolate flavor of the cheesecake. Regular dutch processed cocoa powder can be substituted.
- Caramel sauce – Store bought caramel sauce (that you use for ice cream) is perfect here. If you have a favorite homemade caramel sauce recipe, feel free to use it.
Tips and Tricks
For the crust:
Use the food processor to make the graham cracker crust for turning the crackers into fine crumbs. Once you add the butter and sugar, press the crust into the muffin tins using a tart shaper. If you don’t have a tart shaper, the bottom of a cup works just as well!
For the cheesecake:
Let the cream cheese soften for a few minutes on the counter so it’s easier to beat with the eggs, sugar and cocoa. I recommend filling each muffin tin only about 2/3 of the way full with the cheesecake mixture so you leave room for the toppings!
For the toppings:
I use the microwave for melting the chocolate and the heavy cream, then whisk the ingredients together to form a smooth and silky ganache frosting.
Add the ganache to the baked cheesecakes first, followed by the caramel sauce. Finish of the Chocolate Turtle Cheesecakes by pressing a pecan half into the top of each one before the chocolate sets.
Yes, store the mini cheesecakes in the refrigerator. You can enjoy them cold like I do or let them come to room temperature before serving. It’s up to you!
Chocolate Turtle Cheesecakes stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Desserts with chocolate, caramel and pecan are referred to as “turtle.” The shape of the pecan on top looks a little like a turtle shell! Feel free to call this a Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake if you prefer. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious!
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A delicious and elegant dessert that everyone will swoon over. Mini Chocolate Turtle Cheesecakes are perfect for that next potluck, holiday celebration or any time you’re craving a rich chocolate dessert!