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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Turtle Cheesecake

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Turtle Cheesecake

This decadent and luxurious cheesecake combines all of the beloved flavors of the classic turtle candy with chocolate, pecans, and caramel.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Chilling Time: 6 hours
Servings: 10

Equipment

  • 1 8" spring form pan
  • 1 Mixer
  • 1 Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

Chocolate Pecan Crust

Chocolate-Caramel Cheesecake

  • 16 oz Dairy Free cream cheese, room temperature
  • 12 oz Dairy Free sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract The better the quality, the more concentrate the flavor.

Turtle Toppings

  • Dairy Free caramel
  • Dairy Free chocolate, melted
  • chopped pecans

Instructions

Chocolate Pecan Crust

  • Spray an 8" springform pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • Mix together the crushed cookies, pecan flour, and melted butter.
  • Press the crumbs into the springform pan. You can use the bottom of a measuring cup to help even it out.
  • Sprinkle a little extra pecan flour over the top.
  • Chill the crust while you continue on making the cheesecake filling.

Chocolate-Caramel Cheesecake

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Add the eggs and sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix on high for 5 minutes. It should be light and airy.
  • Add the softened cream cheese and mix for 3 minutes until fully incoroprated and creamy.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined. The mixture will be super creamy.
  • Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared springform pan.
  • Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven in the center.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Do not open the oven door during this time.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool on your counter for an hour.
  • Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6 hours before serving.
  • To finish your cheesecake top with drizzles of melted chocolate, caramel, and chopped pecans.

Turtle Toppings

  • To make your Dairy Free caramel simply empty a can of Dairy Free sweetened condensed milk into a pot over medium heat.
  • Allow it to boil, stirring it constantly.
  • As it boils it will deepen in color and thicken. Remove from the heat when it's a light caramel color.
  • To melt your Dairy Free chocolate, create a double boiler.
  • Bring a pot of water to a low boil. Fit a glass bowl over the top, making sure the water never touches the bottom of the bowl.
  • Stir gently until the chocolate is melted.
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