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Desserts - Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

  • 2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 (14-ounce) bag caramels
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces, melted

Combine crumbs and margarine; press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350° F. for 10 minutes.

Melt caramels with milk in heavy 1 1/2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour over crust. Top with pecans.

Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla, mixing at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in chocolate. Mix well. Pour over pecans.

Bake at 350° F. for 40 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan. Cool before removing from pan.

Chill. Garnish with whipped cream, chopped nuts, and maraschino cherries, if desired. Serves 10 to 12.
Submitted By: Lucille Roberts
White County Farmers Co-op
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