Mini Turtle Cheesecakes are the perfect bite sized dessert for holiday parties or any special celebration.
Cheesecake is my all- time favorite dessert. Mini desserts are the best for the holidays. Then you can have a bite or two of every dessert.
I’ve always been a fan of turtle candies, the combination of caramel, chocolate and pecans is just unbeatable and makes the perfect topping to these mini cheesecakes!
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Cheesecake seems like a finicky dessert to make but these mini cheesecakes are not. They are simple and with the amazing turtle topping, you don’t even have to worry about cracks or imperfections.
How to Make Mini Turtle Cheesecakes
I start with graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter for the crust.
I stir the mixture together with a fork until it’s well combined.
The crust is spooned into the bottom of a mini cheesecake pan (it has handy removable bottoms to make it easy to remove the cheesecakes).
I add softened cream cheese, sugar and eggs to my mixer bowl and beat it well.
I beat this mixture until well combined.
See how smooth and creamy it is? That’s just what you want. I used my cookie scoop to add the batter over the crust and baked them for about 25 minutes.
Not perfect, they are cracked and they may settle with a little indention in the top. That is totally fine, it just means more room for the ooey gooey caramel!
When I removed the cheesecakes from the oven, I popped this cookie sheet of pecans in to toast. Toasted pecans are irresistible in my book!
I removed them from the pan and let them chill in the fridge before I topped them. You can do this just before serving or you can add the toppings and just refrigerate until you are ready to serve them.
The toppings are simple dulce de leche caramel, chocolate sauce (made with melted chocolate chips) and toasted pecans.
Spoon the caramel over the cooled cheesecakes and top with chopped pecans.
Top each with a dollop of the chocolate sauce and a pecan half for garnish. Aren’t they gorgeous? I have to say they taste even better than they look. They were gone in a flash at our house. Seriously, GONE!
Don’t be intimidated by cheesecake, it’s really quite simple and my favorite dessert for holiday entertaining!
More Mini Cheesecake Recipes to Try:
- Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes
- Mini Mudslide Cheesecakes
- Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes
- Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes
For the Crust:
For the Cheesecake:
For the Turtle Topping:
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