Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Turtle Cheesecake

Yes, it sounds daunting, but it really is simple. It takes a little while to make, but it is well worth the effort, just ask my husband! Though I'd like to take credit for such a decadent dessert, I just found this on the Nestle Toll House advertisement in my Taste of Home Magazine. I'll reprint it exactly with the only exception being the Gluten Free exchange of cookies for graham cracker crumbs, and I won't include the advertisement in the chocolate chip listings!

Preparation: 40 min., Cooking: 1h 10 min.
Cooling Time: 3 hrs refrigerating, Makes 14 servings (or less depending on how you slice it!)

1 3/4 cups crushed GF cookie (I've used Pamela's brand Espresso Chocolate Chip or Pecan Shortbread cookies and it was tasty both times)
1/3 cut butter, melted
3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (9 oz) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup
2 Tbsp Caramel Syrup (Smuckers has safe, natural brands of syrups)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup mini morsels (I've used any extra fun chips to top)

Preheat oven to 300*F. Grease 9-inch springform pan.
Crust: Combine crumbs and butter in medium bowl. Press into bottom and 1 inch up side of pan.
Filling: Beat cream cheese and milk in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, lime juice and vanilla extract; beat until combined. Microwave 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-save bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute (I just used my melt function on my microwave and it worked great!); STIR. If needed, heat additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in 2 cups of batter into melted morsels; mix well. Alternately spoon batters into crust, beginning and ending with yellow batter. BAKE 70-75 minutes or until edge is set and center moves slightly. (I also include a pie pan with water in it to help keep it from cracking too badly) Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; run knife around edge and let cool completely. Drizzle syrups on top. Sprinkle with nuts and mini morsels. Refrigerate several hours (or overnight). Remove side of pan.

It's yummy and I've made it twice in the last month! I think my husband likes it. Enjoy!

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