This is a dessert recipe I created for Thanksgiving a couple years ago. It’s fancy enough for people to think you spent a lot of time on it but honestly it’s pretty easy as far as dessert recipes go! This year consider skipping the traditional pumpkin pie and wow your guests with this Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake!
What you need:
- 2 c. crushed oreos
- 3 T melted butter
- 3 pk. cream cheese
- 1 c. sucanat (or white sugar)
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
- 3 eggs
- 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
Melt the butter and crush the oreos. Spread evenly on the bottom of a spring form pan. Press down on the bottom and about half way up the sides. If you don’t want to use Oreos you can always make a Butter Crust from scratch instead. (Or you could use chocolate graham crackers if you can find them cheaper!)
Blend the softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. I use a hand mixer so that there aren’t any chunks of cream cheese left.
Pour into the springform pan on top the crust. Bake at 350F for 55 – 60 minutes.
When it’s done baking take it out and let it cool for a while. Pop it out of the springform pan. Melt caramels (or make caramel sauce with heavy cream and sugar) and chocolate chips and drizzle on top. You could also add pecans to make it a true turtle cheesecake.
Want to make individual pumpkin desserts instead? Try Pumpkin Pie in a Jar!