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Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes. Cupcake sized portions of our incredibly popular Turtle Cheesecake recipe. Great for parties, pot lucks, even your Super Bowl Party!!

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes close up photo of single cheesecake on slate platter

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

Originally published Feb 2019.

This Mini Turtle Cheesecakes recipe comes from the lost files of Rock Recipes. Naturally, when you make and photograph as much food as I do, sometimes things get lost in the shuffle.

I first posted a full size Turtle Cheesecake recipe back in the fall of 2017 and it was an immediate hit. Not long after, about couple of months later, someone wrote to ask if I could do a mini version of the same recipe.

Turtle Cheesecake image with title text.

Turtle Cheesecake

I thought that was a particularly good idea. Because these are a particularly decadent treat, a mini version would be a great way to control portion size.

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes overhead shot without the caramel topping

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes are good without the caramel too, if you prefer.

I set out to make them and they turned out particularly well. The photographs turned out very well too. Therefore, I dutifully downloaded them to my computer as I always do.

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes wide shot of finished cheesecakes on slate platter

Normally, I like to edit my photos right away, just in case they need to be immediately reshot. Usually they do not but sometimes a shot or two can be a bit out of focus and I take another before someone scarfs down the whole lot!

Whatever the reason on this occasion, I did not immediately edit them but did save them correctly in a labelled folder on my computer. and there they sat for almost a year!

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes minus the caramel topping

Discovering the Mini Turtle Cheesecakes photos.

When doing some year end file organizing, I came across several folders with unused photographs. This was one of them.

With Super Bowl Weekend right around the corner, I decided this was the time to finally post my miniaturized version of this recipe.

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes vertical wide shot on a slate serving platter

Just like our Mini Coconut Cream Cheesecakes, our Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes our Mini Raspbery Tuxedo Cheesecakes and Black Forest Cheesecakes, these are perfect for parties. Add them to buffet tables on any occasion from Super Bowl to Christmas and see how quickly they disappear!

Mini Cheesecakes Collage for Pinterest

Mini Cheesecakes: Mini Coconut Cream Cheesecakes, Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes, Mini Raspberry Tuxedo Cheesecakes and Mini Black Forest Cheesecakes

Now, I wonder what else is to be discovered in my lost files? Stay tuned to find out.

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Mini Turtle Cheesecakes photo with title text for Pinterest

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Mini Turtle Cheesecakes close up photo of single cheesecake on slate platter
Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes. A cupcake sized portion of our incredibly poplar Turtle Cheesecake recipe with only 200 calories. Great for parties and pot lucks!


For the cookie crumb base

  • ¾ cup chocolate cookie crumbs, like Oreo crumbs
  • 2½ tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For the Cheesecake Batter

  • 1 cup cream cheese, one 8 oz block
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup whipping cream

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp whipping cream

You will also need

  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 12 Kraft Caramel candies
  • 2 tsp milk


To prepare the cookie crumb base

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the crumbs, butter and sugar.
  3. Divide evenly between the 12 paper lined muffin cups and press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of each.

To prepare the Cheesecake Batter

  1. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Beat in the egg until smooth.
  3. Finally blend in the whipping cream.
  4. Divide the cheesecake filling equally between the 12 muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheesecake has set and does not jiggle when you give the pan a slight shake.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

To prepare the Chocolate Ganache

  1. Gently melt the chocolate and whipping cream together in a double boiler. A glass bowl placed over slowly simmering water works well.
  2. Spoon the chocolate ganache evenly over the cooled mini cheesecakes.

To finish the mini turtle cheesecakes

  1. Toast the pecans on a cookie sheet for ten minutes at 350 degrees F, turning them at the 5 minute mark.
  2. Melt together the caramel candies and milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Do NOT let this mixture get too hot or the caramels will get hard.
  3. Sprinkle the pecans over the chocolate layer and drizzle with the melted caramel.
  4. Store in an airtight plastic container in the fridge.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 mini cheesecake

Amount Per Serving Calories 305Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 10gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 58mgSodium 156mgCarbohydrates 27gSugar 21gProtein 3g

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Patty Willet

Friday 15th of October 2021

I want to make them gluten free. Can I just eliminate the cookie base or should I use a gluten free purchased cookie base.

Lynn Parsons

Thursday 9th of December 2021

We haven’t tried a gluten free version but a gluten free purchased cookie base may be an option. Good luck

Carole Price

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

Hi Barry

Once baked can these lovely cheesecakes be frozen? As well I’m thinking of using mini muffin tins, therefore making 24 at a time. Baking time would be shorter yes? Do you think it will work?

Thanks for your help, love your books!

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

That's tricky. I've never made them as mini muffin pan size. Cannot advise on baking time.


Sunday 10th of February 2019

Hi Barry, I have the same questions are Carole Price. Josie

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