I don't normally make a dessert unless it's a special occasion. We are having my grandparents over for a home-cooked meatloaf dinner tonight and I figured that there could be no better way to finish off a great southern recipe than with this cheesecake recipe!
I love making them from scratch but I found a recipe online from ThatsMyHome that is easy to make and that tastes just as good! There are tons of cheesecake recipes on this site but I stuck with my guns...the chocolate turtle variety!
*I did make one change to the recipe. I didn't have any vanilla wafers on hand so I made a graham cracker crust instead. Just simply replace the 2 cups of vanilla wafer crumbs with 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs. Use the same amount of margarine!*
Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake
2 cups of vanilla wafer crumbs
6 tablespoons of margarine (melted)
One 14 ounce bag of caramels
One 5 ounce can of evaporated milk
1 cup of chopped pecans, toasted
Two 8 ounce packages of Philadelphia brand cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate pieces, melted
Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom and sides of 9 inch springform pan. Bake at 350ºF. 10 minutes.
In 1 1/2 quart heavy saucepan melt caramels with milk over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Pour over crust. Top with pecans.
Combine cheese, sugar and vanilla, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in chocolate. Pour over pecans.
Bake at 350ºF. 40 minutes.
Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill.
Garnish with whipped cream, additional chopped nuts and cherries if desired.