Turtle Swirl Cheesecake

I made this cheesecake for dinner tonight – there was some leftover breadcrumbs and filling so I put them in some ramekins and cooked them with the cheesecake. My kids loved it, which is a pretty good recommendation 🙂 I made a couple of changes from the original recipe and would make slightly less crust next time (as per the recipe below), but I like having extra filling to taste before cutting the whole recipe.
Turtle Swirl Cheesecake
– 8 oz chocolate graham crackers, finely chopped
– 2 Tbsp white sugar
– 1 Tbsp brown sugar
– 5 Tbsp unsalted batter, melted
– 4 8-oz packages of cream cheese
– 1 cup sugar
– 4 eggs
– 2 Tbsp. whipping cream
– 2 1/2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
– 1/2 cup pre-made caramel sauce (store bought or home made)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 F
Mix the cookie crumbs with the sugars and melted butter. Grease a 9″ springform pan and cover the bottom and 1″ of the sides with the cookie crumbs. Wrap the outside of the pan with aluminum foil. Place in the refrigerator and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
Put the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on high to maximum until the cheese is quite fluffy. Slowly add the sugar and mix until it’s fully incorporated. Add the eggs, one at the time, until fully mixed in.
Prepare the chocolate sauce by bringing the whipping cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, adding the chocolate and cooking, stirring constantly, until it’s all melted.
Remove the pan from the fridge and pour half of the cheese mixture into it. Spoon half of the chocolate sauce onto the cheese. Swirl with a fork. Repeat with half of the caramel sauce. Pour the rest of the cheese mixture into the pan and add the remaining chocolate sauce and caramel sauce. Swirl.
Fill a roasting or lasagna pan with 3/4″ of water and place the springform pan in it. Bake for an hour or until the sides are set. Cool in rack and then place in the fridge and cool for at least 8 hours.
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