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No Bake Turtle Cheesecake

This No Bake Turtle Cheesecake is a creamy and crunchy dessert that is a breeze to make! The velvety cream cheese filling in a graham cracker crust is topped with chocolate and caramel syrup and sprinkled with pecans to create a dish that is as beautiful as it is delicious. 

The beauty of this no-bake dessert recipe is not only its delicious taste but also its simplicity. It's a breeze to whip up in just 15 minutes, making it ideal for last-minute gatherings or when you're craving a bit of indulgence without the hassle of baking.

A slice of turtle cheesecake served on a white plate.
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I love making this easy, no-bake version of turtle cheesecake. It has all the flavors of turtle cheesecake without all the work. I can have this dessert ready in no time!

This recipe uses what I call convenience ingredients, but you can easily swap them out for a homemade version. Instead of cool whip you can make your own whipped topping.

You can also make a homemade version of a graham cracker crust or pecan pie crust. I used the Diamond brand ready-to-use pecan pie crust. I have also made it with a graham cracker crust. It's delicious either way.

The toppings make this no-bake cheesecake extra special. A drizzle of rich chocolate syrup, a ribbon of caramel syrup, and a generous sprinkle of chopped pecans add lots of flavor. 

Why You Will Love This No Bake Turtle Cheesecake

  • Easy to Make: Ready in just 15 minutes, this dessert is a breeze to make, perfect for busy schedules or when you're short on time.
  • Irresistible Flavors: A creamy, sweetened cream cheese filling with the graham cracker crust and the added richness of chocolate, caramel, and pecans.
  • No-Bake Convenience: No need to fuss with ovens or timers; it's a no-bake recipe, simplifying the process and reducing the chances of kitchen mishaps.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare it up to 24 hours in advance; letting it chill until you're ready to serve saves you time.

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make no bake turtle cheesecake set out on the counter.
  • Pecan Pie Crust or Graham Cracker Crust: You can also use a homemade crust instead of store-bought.
  • Cream Cheese: The main ingredient for the creamy cheesecake filling, creating a rich and smooth texture.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens and adds a light, airy quality to the cheesecake filling.
  • Vanilla Extract: Infuses a warm, aromatic note, enhancing the overall flavor of the dessert.
  • Cool Whip: Adds a fluffy and light texture to the filling, making it airy and mousse-like.
  • Chocolate Syrup: A drizzle of decadent chocolate that flavors the cheesecake and adds to the dish's beauty.
  • Caramel Syrup: Provides a luscious, sweet, and gooey topping that complements the cheesecake's flavors.
  • Chopped Pecans: Offers a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.

Cheesecake Variations

  • Nut Swaps: Experiment with different nuts for the crust or as a topping. Almonds, roasted peanuts, or walnuts can provide a unique flavor and texture.
  • Oreo Crust: Substitute the pecan or graham cracker crust with a crushed Oreo cookie crust for a chocolatey base.
  • Salted Caramel: Enhance the caramel flavor by using salted caramel sauce for a sweet and salty contrast.
  • Mini Cheesecakes: Make individual mini cheesecakes in ramekins or phyllo cups for portion control and a fun presentation.

How To Make No Bake Turtle Cheesecake

A few easy steps is all it takes to make this no-bake version of turtle cheesecake.

Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Whipped cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.

Start by blending room-temperature cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.

Whipped Topping added to the cream cheese mixture in the mixing bowl.
Cream cheese filling spooned into the crust.

Then gently fold in Cool Whip with a rubber spatula. Pour the cheesecake filling into your choice of pecan pie or graham cracker crust, smooth with a spatula.

Turtle cheesecake filling topped with pecans.
Cheesecake drizzled with chocolate syrup and caramel syrup.

Drizzle chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and sprinkle chopped pecans generously on top.

Chill the cheesecake in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.

Turtle cheesecake with a slice cut out.

Storing and Freezing and Make-Ahead

Make-Ahead: You can prepare this No Bake Turtle Cheesecake up to 24 hours in advance. After assembling the cheesecake, cover it and store it in the fridge until you're ready to serve.

Freezing: If you want to prepare this dessert even further in advance, you can freeze it for up to 2 months. However, it's best to freeze it without the toppings. 

Double-wrap the cheesecake in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn. When you're ready to enjoy it, thaw it in the fridge and add the chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and chopped pecans just before serving for the freshest taste.

Leftover Storage: If you have any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap or an airtight container to keep it fresh. Consuming within a few days is best for optimal taste and texture.

Recipe Tips

  • Allow cream cheese to reach room temperature for smoother blending.
  • Scrape down the bowl for even mixing.
  • Gently fold in Cool Whip to maintain a light texture.
  • When adding toppings, drizzle sauces and sprinkle pecans evenly.
  • Be patient with the chilling time; it enhances the flavor.

Is there a substitute for Cool Whip?

You can use homemade whipped cream, but keep in mind that it might result in a slightly different texture.

How can I lighten up this recipe?

You can make substitutions to this recipe to make it lighter. Try using a low-fat cream cheese, light cool whip, and going light on the syrup toppings. 

Removing a slice of turtle cheesecake from a pie dish with a pie server.

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I think you will love this creamy No Bake Turtle Cheesecake with its crunchy pecans and rich chocolate and caramel drizzle. This easy recipe is your ticket to a hassle-free, irresistible dessert for any occasion!

No-bake turtle cheesecake topped with chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and chopped pecans.

No Bake Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This No Bake Turtle Cheesecake is a creamy and crunchy dessert that is a breeze to make! The velvety cream cheese filling in a graham cracker crust is topped with chocolate and caramel syrup and sprinkled with pecans to create a dish that is as beautiful as it is delicious. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 291 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Pecan Pie Crust or graham cracker crust
  • 8 ounce Block Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 8 ounce Container Cool Whip
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Caramel Syrup
  • ¼ cup Chopped Pecans

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined. The mixture should be smooth and creamy.
  • Use a rubber spatula to fold in Cool Whip.
  • Pour the filling into the pie crust and then smooth out the top with a spoon.
  • Top with chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and chopped pecans
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Notes

If you have any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 1mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Laura Kelly

Thursday 28th of December 2023

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