Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes are just cuter than a big cheesecake. #fact

Pumpkin cheesecake is better than just about anything. Add caramel, pecans, and chocolate? And you have the best cheesecakes in the whole world.

#superfact

Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes with an Oreo Crust and topped with caramel, pecans, and chocolate. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Did you know that, when you die, you can be made into diamonds? I know, so cool right??

Can you imagine it? Jordan, an old lady, getting compliments on the huge diamond at her neck:

“Where did you get that diamond??!!” her friends ask.

“Er…my mom,” she replies.

“Where did she get it?” they ask.

“Er…it IS my mom…” she replies.

That would be just so cool. Tormenting her from the grave. Every parent should do it.

Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes with an Oreo Crust and topped with caramel, pecans, and chocolate. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

I wonder what color people diamonds are? Green like Mount Saint Helen’s jewelry? Sparkly, like vampires?

I guess I’ll never know.

Okay, so let’s talk cheesecake, because if there is one thing I like more than diamonds it’s probably cheesecake.

Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes with an Oreo Crust and topped with caramel, pecans, and chocolate. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Out of all the cheesecakes in the land, pumpkin is my favorite. I’ll never forget the first time I made it. I fell in love!

For these Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes, I decided to make them small. One, it’s more manageable to say “I ate a whole cheesecake” when it’s a mini one.

Two, they’re portable, which is perfect for any holiday.

And, three. They’re AMAZING. They have an Oreo Crust, which is cool enough in itself. (Also, I’m too lazy to grind Oreos.)

Then I topped the cheesecakes with my homemade pumpkin caramel sauce that had been mixed with chopped pecans. If you don’t have homemade caramel on hand, feel free to use ice cream topping or any kind of caramel you like.

On top of that? Chocolate. Of course.

Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes with an Oreo Crust and topped with caramel, pecans, and chocolate. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

These cheesecakes are so easy to make and they’ll be the hit of Thanksgiving.

Just a couple notes before the recipe:

  1. Make sure you plan ahead, they need to chill for at least 4 hours before topping and serving. (I chill them overnight.)
  2. Make sure your ingredients are all room temperature to avoid lumps. <– good advice for any cheesecake making!
  3. Don’t eat them all. Your guests will get angry. 🙂
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Mini Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecakes

These are the perfect single-serve treat! Mini pumpkin cheesecakes with an Oreo crust, caramel pecan topping and chocolate drizzle!


Ingredients:


  • 12 Oreos

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 egg, room temperature

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix; I use Libby’s), room temperature

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour

  • 1 cup caramel sauce (from scratch or the store)

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners. Place one Oreo in each liner.

  2. Make sure your ingredients are all room temperature to avoid lumps!

  3. Beat cream cheese with a hand or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth. Beat in the egg, sugar, and pumpkin puree, mix until smooth. Add vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and flour, mix until smooth.

  4. Spoon cheesecake mixture over Oreos in prepared pan. (Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full using about 1/4 cupfuls of the cheesecake mixture per liner.)

  5. Bake for 22-25 minutes until the cheesecakes loose their glossy top. Some may start to crack around the edges, and a toothpick will come out clean from the center of the cheesecake. Cool completely to room temperature then chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  6. When serving: unwrap each cheesecake. Stir pecans and caramel together in a small bowl. Melt chocolate according to package directions in a small bowl and then place the melted chocolate in a ziploc baggie with the tip cut off. Spoon some of the pecan caramel mixture over the top of the cheesecakes, then drizzle with chocolate.

  7. Store in refrigerator. Will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container or you can freeze the cheesecakes without the topping for up to one month.


Adapted from these mini cheesecakes.


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36 comments

  1. How do they turn the people into diamonds? That’s actually pretty cool! These cheesecakes look super addicting, like if I ate one, I’d eat all of them! But that’s probably okay because they look like they’re worth the extra cardio!

  2. Okay, you’ve officially wigged me out. The diamonds, not the cheesecakes. Those are undeniably phenomenal. Beyond, actually!

  3. Oh my god those look incredible. So gooey…and rich…and creamy….*swoons*

  4. I am all about mini and all about cheesecake! These are calling my name! Sharing!

  5. Turtle and pumpkin together is a masterpiece.  You are quite the geinus!  Pinned.

  6. Wow, these look mouth-watering…are they coming the Thanksgiving dinner? And now I know what you can do with Daddy’s and my ashes…you’ll have a doorknob sized diamond!!! 🙂

  7. I’ve heard of the people into diamonds thing. I think they do it after the person is cremated, using the ashes. My mom was the one who told me about it.

    So on to these mini cheesecakes. Anything mini is so much fun. I love the easy grab n go functionality of mini desserts. Plus, I don’t feel like I’m being as bad when I eat them. 🙂

  8. These look fantastic, love the Oreo cookie base idea. Great photos!

  9. These are adorable! Pumpkin cheesecake sounds divine, I have never had it before but it sounds to die for, especially if they are miniature AND with an oreo base! Cool facts about the diamonds as well, I wonder if you can chose which colour you want!

  10. Pumpkin and turtle? You are genius! #superduperfact Mini is so cute and people are much more likely to take a mini cheesecake than a slice. Love these! Pinned!

  11. These are too dangerous! First of all, mini food. Way too easy to pop, pop, pop. Mmmm! And then, the Turtle factor, the caramel, the cheesecake, omg. Worth the cardio no doubt!! 🙂 Pinned!

  12. These are absolutely brilliant!! I love the Oreo crust, and you’re right, with caramel, pecans, and chocolate, it really doesn’t get any better than that! Can’t wait to try these 🙂

  13. These look insanely delicious! I could eat a bunch without blinking 🙂

  14. Mini cheesecakes are definitely cuter than regular cheesecakes, hands down! I love the pumpkin flavor of these, Dorothy! Pinned!

  15. Uhhh, People into diamonds???? – weird!!   

    These cheesecakes on the other hand look positively amazing!!  Keep the pumpkin coming!  🙂

  16. This might be my favorite thing you’ve ever posted! So many of my favorite things all wrapped up in one delicious package! It looks so good, I want one right now! Definitely pinning this!

  17. OMG…I have to make these for my family for Thanksgiving! My family loves anything turtle and pumpkin, putting their favorite flavors together is going to make their Thanksgiving! Can’t wait to make your recipe, pinned! 🙂 

  18. Amazing! Just love that sneaky Oreo base and YES everything is better in mini! 🙂

  19. A whole oreo on the bottom? Oh my gosh that is such a brilliant idea YUM! Pinned!

  20. These mini cheesecakes are so cute and they look delicious, especially with the oreo on the bottom. I love turtle candies in general so I’m sure that I will love these. 

  21. These look incredible! Love anything mini and with pumpkin and cheesecake! Throw in Oreos and caramel and I could easily have 5 in one sitting…okay maybe 10. Pinning!

  22. Oh my goodness, those look absolutely incredible.  I was just thinking that looked like the best cheesecake dessert ever, and THEN saw the oreo crust!  So it went up to better than the best ever.  Also, using a whole oreo for a crust instead of grinding up oreos is fantastic.

  23. These look incredible, Dorothy. You’re amazing how you keep cranking out all these great recipes.

  24. oh my gawd, OREOS in these mini turtle pumpkin cheesecakes?!!! These seriously look SO good!!! I want one right now!!! Pinned! 

  25. These look so cute and love love your photography!!

  26. These look amazing! There is nothing better than a mini pumpkin cheesecake sitting on top of an oreo. You win! I actually tried making mini pumpkin cheesecakes 3 days ago and it was a fail. Not an epic fail but a fail. I think I used too much heavy cream and they didn’t set right. Whatevs. Next time I’ll just make yours and save myself the headache! 

  27. If I wanted to make these without chocolate, do you think a Pecan Sandie as the base instead of the Oreo would be good?

  28. Hi Dorothy!
    I found your recipe on foodgawker and I am making them for a “Friendsgiving”. I was wondering if you usually serve them warm or cold?
    Thanks!

  29. I was looking for a new dessert recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. I have been making a pumpkin torte for years and I was a little anxious about showing up this year without it. I needed to sample one before serving at our family feast? The pumpkin caramel sauce recipe provided is a must. The oreo cookie crust stays crunchy. These little morsels are absolutely delicious! I think I need another!

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