Thursday, December 17, 2015

Staff Holiday Recipes - Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake

Ashley Hylsky has been with the library for seven years, working her way up the ladder the old-fashioned way, through hard work and perseverance. Ashley is in a food coma from this delicious Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake recipe and thus was unable to say anything more than "Mmmmmm, this is so tasty". 

Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake

Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 6 hr. 10 min.
Servings: 16


  • 24 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 2 cups)
  • 6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 pkg. (11 oz.) KRAFT Caramels
  • 6 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate

  • Heat oven to 325°F.
  • Mix crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and 2 inches up side of 9-inch springform pan.
  • Microwave caramels and milk in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 3 min. or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Stir in nuts; pour half into crust. Refrigerate 10 min. Refrigerate remaining caramel mixture for later use.
  • Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over caramel layer in crust.
  • Bake 1 hour 5 min. to 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours.
  • Microwave reserved caramel mixture 1 min.; stir. Pour over cheesecake. Melt chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over cheesecake.

This recipe is courtesy of the good people at Kraft. 


For more seasonal recipes check out one of our holiday cookbooks. The library has a great selection of holiday recipe books that can be found in the nonfiction section both on the main floor and children’s floor. We have a large variety of seasonal reading so also be sure to browse our holiday displays. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Ashley Hylsky, Library Clerk, and Terry Pierson, Library Clerk