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Turtle Cheesecake Cookies

These turtle cheesecake cookies are as close to cheesecake as a cookie can get and they are drizzled with a heavy dose of awesomeness (chocolate and caramel sauce)!  These turtle cheesecake cookies will surely liven up a platter full of the same old cookies you’ve been making every year.

Before creating my turtle cheesecake cookie recipe, I researched existing cheesecake cookie recipes.  They all contained a mix of cream cheese and butter to create a cheesecake-like experience in cookie format.  My original recipe – heavily adapted from Brown Eyed Baker’s Oreo Cheesecake Cookies which were adapted from Tasty Kitchen – is the only cheesecake cookie recipe that I’ve seen that contains more cream cheese than butter; I didn’t want a butter cookie with some cream cheese, I wanted to create a cookie that truly tasted like turtle cheesecake.  I succeeded!  These turtle cheesecake cookies have the texture of soft batch chocolate chip cookies with a strong cheesecakey flavor!

How to Store and Transport Turtle Cheesecake Cookies

Since the turtle cheesecake cookies are topped with wet syrup, storing and transporting them can be a bit tricky – you can’t just throw them in a bag.  If you don’t care about your drizzle pattern getting a little messed up, you can store and transport the turtle cheesecake cookies in an air-tight container with parchment between each layer.  Otherwise, you’ll need to store and transport the cookies in a single layer.

Honeymoon Paper PBOX110 Plain White 10" Pizza Box - 50 / CS

You can use long, thin Tupperware containers or even (as suggested by Sharon LaScola) a clean pizza box!

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Another option is to store the chocolate and caramel syrups separately and drizzle them on the cookies just before serving.

Turtle Cheesecake Cookie Supplies

2 Pack Caramel Sauce (9.5 Oz Each)

Making homemade caramel sauce is fairly easy, but I won’t blame you if you don’t want to take the time to do it.  If you do choose to buy caramel sauce, choose a caramel sauce with simple ingredients.  This one contains just heavy cream, sugar, and butter.

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To make my homemade caramel sauce, I simply melt three tablespoons of butter over medium heat, stir in a half cup of brown sugar and heat until it just begins to boil.  Then, I remove the pot from the heat and quickly stir in a quarter cup of heavy whipping cream.

AH!LASKA Organic Chocolate Syrup, 22 Ounce (Pack of 4)

Making chocolate sauce/syrup is also easy.  I used the homemade chocolate syrup recipe from Wholesome Mommy and added two tablespoons of cornstrach to make it a bit thicker.  But, again, it’s always easier to buy it.

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Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick Cookie/Jelly-Roll Pan Set with Cooling Rack, 17-Inch-by-12.25-Inch

Of course you’ll need a cookie sheet.  I’ve been most impressed with the quality of the ones from Chicago Metallic.  This particular set comes with a cooling rack, which will also be helpful.

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Artisan Silicone Baking Mat for Half-Size Cookie Sheet with Red Border, 16.5 x 11 inches, 2-Pack

You can use either a silicone mat or parchment paper on top of your cookie sheet.

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Piazza 1-1/2-Inch Ice cream Scoop, Stainless Steel

It’s helpful to have a cookie scoop (basically the same as an ice cream scoop), but it’s not required.

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Turtle Cheesecake Cookie Recipe

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Turtle Cheesecake Cookies

These turtle cheesecake cookies are as close to cheesecake as a cookie can get and they are drizzled with a heavy dose of awesomeness (chocolate and caramel sauce)!  These turtle cheesecake cookies will surely liven up a platter full of the same old cookies you've been making every year.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas dessert, easy dessert recipes, holiday recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 207 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • chocolate syrup for drizzling
  • caramel syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until fully combined.
  3. Mix in sugar and vanilla.
  4. Mix in flour until just combined.
  5. Use a cookie scoop or your fingers to make balls of dough roughly two tablespoons each on a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet. Space the cookie balls about an inch apart. Of course, you can make the cookies bigger or smaller if you prefer.
  6. Use your palm to flatten the top of each dough ball.
  7. Press as many chopped pecans as desired into the flat tops of the balls.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown.
  9. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
  10. Once cool, drizzle with chocolate syrup and caramel syrup.
  11. Don't forget to share.
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