Turtle Cheesecakes!

22 Jan

I have been craving turtle cheesecakes for about 2 weeks now.  I looked at the nutritional information and was floored by how many calories it was, even using low-fat/fat-free items.  So, I knew it would be in my best interest to not make the oh-so-yummy turtle cheesecake.  So, I thought about it for a few more days and finally last night, I’d had enough!  I decided to make up my own recipe for this yummy dessert. 

Last night while looking through some of my fellow Daring Baker’s blogs, I found a new contest:  A Heart for your Valentine

“On February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a holiday honoring love and lovers.

In the spirit of the holiday, I suggest to romance the special person in our life not only with a love note but also with a homemade “edible heart”. So I would like to invite you to treat your Valentine with something sweet or savory but always heart-shaped or heart-decorated. Give your fantasy full scope and surprise your beloved one with a special heart! Of course we would like to see what kind of heart you give away, so please blog about it from now until February 15.”

If you know me, you know I love to make “cute” desserts, so I knew instantly this contest was right up my alley.  (I have a few more ideas for this contest too, so stay tuned throughout the month.)  May I now present to you MY Turtle Cheesecakes.

Turtle Cheesecakes

Nina’s Turtle Cheesecakes, somewhat WW friendly 😀

This recipe made 12 little hearts.


12 reduced fat Oreos

Small dab of margarine

6 caramels


Combine in food processor until crumbly.  Divide evenly into 12 portions in smoosh in the bottom of your pan.  Melt 6 caramels (be careful not to catch these on fire, hee hee) and pour a small dab on the top of each crust.  (I didn’t bake them at this point, but I think you should bake them at 350º for about 15 minutes.)



1 package fat-free cream cheese

¼ cup eggbeaters

1 cup Splenda


Combine all in mixer until mixture is smooth and creamy.  Pour equal amounts into each cheesecake.  Bake at 350º for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool.



2 tbs chopped pecans

14 caramels

2 tbs mini chocolate chips


Melt caramels in microwave.  Spoon equal amounts onto each cheesecake.  While the caramel is still warm top with pecans and chocolate chips.  Gently press on pecans and chocolate chips to make sure they are “stuck”.  Let cool completely, then pop out of pan.

Each heart is only 4 WW points. 


14 Responses to “Turtle Cheesecakes!”

  1. CB January 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM #

    Those are too stinkin cute!! I want a heart pan now dammit! haha.

  2. zorra January 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM #

    Don’t blame me! 😉 I love cute desserts too, and these looks very delicious.

  3. nikki57 January 22, 2008 at 2:05 PM #

    MMMMmmmm they look good and they’re cute. I think this blog event was made for you. You always make adorable heart shaped goodies

  4. Rhonda January 22, 2008 at 2:08 PM #

    very cute! you are getting a lot of mileage out of that new heart pan too.

  5. Deborah January 22, 2008 at 3:22 PM #

    I haven’t had a turtle cheesecake in ages – yours look delicious and adorable!

  6. zebe912 January 30, 2008 at 9:46 AM #

    So did I miss where you said you got your mold from? I don’t generally have the patience for making a big (easy) dessert into a bunch of tiny (tedious) desserts, but I just might have to for these.

  7. zebe912 January 30, 2008 at 9:48 AM #

    So did I miss where you said you got your mold from? I don’t generally have the patience for making a big (easy) dessert into a bunch of tiny (tedious) desserts, but I just might have to for these.

  8. Imke Diesing February 7, 2008 at 1:11 PM #


    have been to the states some time ago and I loved the turtle cheesecake. Now I decided to make it for me and my boyfriend.
    Would you like to send me your recipe? I´d like to have an original one. 🙂

    Thanks a lot


  9. Tina February 11, 2008 at 1:27 PM #

    from cheesecake to carmel and nuts..yummy!! They look amazing and tempting hehe

  10. sarah May 9, 2008 at 11:48 AM #

    Looks yummmy! I’m going to make this in a small pan as one cake, should I cook it for the same time or longer?

  11. NinaBeth May 9, 2008 at 6:31 PM #

    Sarah – I think it might take a little bit longer in a bigger pan. These hearts are tiny so they didn’t take too long to cook. Just check the middle and cook until it’s not very jiggly and slightly browned. Let me know how it goes!!


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