Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Quentin's Birthday Turtle Cheesecake

Quentin's birthday request is always Turtle Cheesecake. Every year, I have tried a different recipe - and every year the result is a delicious-tasting cheesecake with a layer of caramel that can almost break a tooth it gets so hard in the oven!

No more. This year, I took matters in my own hands and just created my own recipe.

I made it in a 13x9x2 pan because we were having folks over and needed a little more for others to help celebrate too!

2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 stick butter
2/3 cup brown sugar

Melt butter and stir in graham crackers and brown sugar. Pat into bottom of greased 13x9x2-inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 min.

3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla

For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth. Add eggs and beat well. Beat in sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and the vanilla. Pour filling over baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Glaze: While cheesecake is still warm, pour 17-oz. jar of Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch Caramel Topping on top and spread evenly with knife. (You can try other caramel toppings, but there is a wide variation of taste and texture in ice cream toppings - and I can only vouch for Mrs. Richardson's!) Add Heath Bar bits and pecan pieces.

Chill cake from two to 24 hours. Enjoy!

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