Turtle Brownie Cheesecake

Last Sunday, was Mother’s day and I decided to make the  Turtle brownie cheesecake for my mother for her special day. The recipe is by Christin Mahrlig from Spicy Southern Kitchen. I really enjoyed making this recipe, and my mom enjoyed eating it.

The one thing I would change for myself, would be the brownie crust. Instead of stirring it in a saucepan, I would prefer using my own brownie recipe and mixing  it together in the bowl. Then the crust would be more dense and moist. I would still only cook it about half the time, like the directions say because cooking it completely would burn the crust and cause damage to the cheesecake.  

The recipe itself was amazing, and the cheesecake turned out well. Everyone was going in for seconds. Now for next year, I know what to get or should I say bake- for mother’s day.

Cheesecake

Prep Time: 25 mins

Cook Time : 1 hrs 20 mins

Total Time :1 hrs 45 mins

Servings: 16 servings

Author: Christin Mahrlig

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Ganache

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Toppings

  • 1 1/2 cups toasted pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and spray pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat butter, sugar, and water, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips until chocolate is melted.
  3. Let mixture cool slightly and then whisk in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and stir into chocolate mixture.
  5. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet in case there is any leakage and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool slightly before pouring cheesecake mixture on top. Do not cool too much though or it will pull away from the sides and the cheesecake mixture may seep down.
  6. To make filling, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add brown sugar and flour and beat until fluffy.
  7. Beat in eggs one at a time. Scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is evenly combined.
  8. Add cream and vanilla and beat just until combined.
  9. Pour cheesecake mixture on top of brownie bottom. Note: The brownie will have risen quite a bit in the oven but the cheesecake layer will help compact it down.
  10. Place back in 325 degree oven for 1 hour.
  11. Turn oven off and crack the door but leave cheesecake in oven for 1 more hour.
  12. Remove cheesecake from oven and cool to room temperature.
  13. To make ganache, combine chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave another 15 to 20 seconds,.Stir until smooth. Let cool slightly and pour on top of cheesecake. Smooth ganache with an spatula,
  14. Refrigerate cheesecake overnight.
  15. Before serving top with pecans and drizzle with caramel and fudge sauce.
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