Turtle Cheesecake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 1 hrs 10 min
Cooling Time: 3 hrs
Yields: 14 servings


A finalist in the Nestlé Toll House "Share the Very Best" recipe contest, this Turtle Cheesecake dessert was submitted by Audra Burtch of Chandler, Arizona. This family favorite is a marbled cheesecake topped with a decadent combination of pecans, chocolate morsels and caramel and chocolate syrups.


  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 tablespoons NESTLÉ NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons caramel syrup or ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels


PREHEAT oven to 300° F. Grease 9-inch springform pan.

crumbs and butter in medium bowl. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of prepared pan.

cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in large mixer bowl until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, lime juice and vanilla extract; beat until combined.

MICROWAVE 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir 2 cups of cheesecake batter into melted morsels; mix well. Alternately spoon batters into crust, beginning and ending with yellow batter.

BAKE for 70 to 75 minutes or until edge is set and center moves slightly. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; run knife around edge of cheesecake. Cool completely. Drizzle Nesquik and caramel syrup over cheesecake. Sprinkle with nuts and mini morsels. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Remove side of pan.


by K. Kelly , Wisconsin on May. 2012

Made this tonight- it was incredible!! Everyone loved it. Very rich. Will definitely make again.


by A. Amber , Iowa on Aug. 2011

I work at a hospital and in my spare time I do alot of baking. This recipe is one of my Dr's favorites! I use this one as my bribe to get my kids in for appointments sooner! Works every time! It's delicious ..Thank you!

sooooo good

by J. Jessica , Charlottetown PE on Jan. 2011

I made this a few times last year and we LOVED IT. I saw some cheesecake at the store the other day and it reminded me of this recipe. I came in to specifically look for it again. I haven't found anyone who doesn't like this delicious treat!

Awesome Cheesecake!

by M. Michelle , Dawsonville, Ga on Aug. 2010

This was my first ever homemade cheesecake and it turned out great! I have been asked to make it again and I may have to make several this time! Amazing Cheesecake!! :)



MY FAMILY AND I LOVE THIS CHEESE CAKE!!!! I make it every year for Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Whenever the holidays are coming my family ALWAYS starts asking me "your gonna make the cheese cake right?" I change it up too, instead of the caramel, I use rasberry syrup. IT'S SO DELICIOUS!!!


by M. Monica , Arizona on Sep. 2009

I first made this cheesecake a couple of years ago and was SHOCKED that it turned out so well since it was my first time. I have made it twice since and it turned out so WELL my brother thought it was store bought! I am making it tomorrow for my inlaws! Thank you so much!


by A. Audrey , MOORHEAD, IA on Jul. 2009

This is the very first cheesecake that I have ever made. And it turned out great the first time... and every time after that. Out of all the cheesecakes that I have made, this was always his favorite!

Turtle Cheesecake

by L. Lori , Ohio on Jun. 2009

This was my 1st cheesecake, and boy, what a winner! I did change it up a bit.. I didn't like the choc grahams, so I used reg.. I also pre-bake my crust for about 5 min. I used Nestles "Awesome", Swirled Milk Choc & Carmel Morsels, instead of plain choc ones. What A Difference! SUPER!! I'm surprised they don't call for those anyways, I mean really.. It is a "turtle" cheesecake, Right!! I also cut a few up and used them on top.. instead of the mini chips. Enjoy!

Awesome a winner

by N. Natalie , Raleigh, NC on May. 2009

I make these for people and they love it.

Crowd Pleaser

by l. luann , naples/ny on Apr. 2009

I baked this cheesecake for my co-worker's birthday. She said she loves anything with chocolate in it. And boy did this cheesecake have a lot of chocolate in it. It was delicious and there wasn't any left over, but I think there might've been too much chocolate in the recipe. It kind of tasted more like pie, than cheesecake.