Monday, February 2, 2009


I have been craving cheesecake lately. We have a resturant called The Cheesecake Factory nearby. A slice of this heavenly cheesecake costs on average 7.50.
I have been on the, no going out to eat fling. We have done real good. I think it has been at least three weeks since our last meal out. Even then, we used a giftcard for that meal.
Well, all that blabber has led me to my creation of Turtle Cheesecake!!!! I must say it is quite wonderful. I made mine for 5.00 for 12 slices! The recipe is from the Betty Crocker cookbook.

1 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers cookies (about 40)
1/4cup butter or stick margarine, melted
2(8-ounce) packages (each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1. Heat oven to 350°. Mix cookie crumbs and butter in medium bowl. Press firmly against bottom and side of pie plate, 9 X 1 1/4 inches.
2. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Pour half of the mixture into pie plate.
3. Add hot fudge topping to remaining cream cheese mixture in bowl; beat on low speed until smooth. Spoon over vanilla mixture in pie plate. Swirl mixtures slightly with tip of knife.
4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set. (Do not insert knife into cheesecake because the hole may cause cheesecake to crack as it cools.) Cool at room temperature 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled. Serve with caramel topping and pecans. Store covered in refrigerator.

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