Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

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These irresistible Mini Turtle Cheesecakes are layers of Oreos, cheesecake, nuts, chocolate chips, and caramel all in one delicious serving.

Mini Turtle Cheesecake with caramel sauce all over the top

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Mini Turtle Cheesecakes, do you or do you not want to shove these babies into your mouth for breakfast? Seriously. How can I convince you to come to eat the last 6 of these in my fridge right now? My thighs can’t handle any more of these. Yes, I eat them, and yes I do my best to work them off but there’s only so much running a girl can do! Yikes.

Totally kicking my own trash at the gym today.

BUT, let me just say that as much as I hate certain workouts, these are the kinds of desserts that make it totally worth it!

Oreo + Cheesecake + Chocolate + Pecans + Caramel = need I say more?

And, the best worst part is you can whip these up in 10 minutes flat! TROUBLE, I tell you! All the mini cheesecakes I’ve done take about 10 minutes to make and are just as ridiculous too (see below for more of those recipes).

Main Ingredients Needed

You only need 8 ingredients to make these amazing Mini Turtle Cheesecakes! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oreo Cookies – this creates the bottoms of these turtle cheesecakes.
  • Cream Cheese – creamy and tangy!
  • Sugar – to sweeten the cheesecake mixture.
  • Egg – used for structure and richness.
  • Vanilla – to flavor.
  • Pecans + Mini Chocolate Chips – these are both used as toppings.
  • Caramel Sauce – use whatever store-bought brand or homemade recipe you like best!

Love caramel and cheesecake? Check out these recipes: Pecan Pie Cheesecake and Pecan Tarts!

Chocolate chips and chopped nuts on top of cheesecake

How to Make Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

For full details on how to make Mini Turtle Cheesecakes, see the recipe card down below 🙂

1. Crust

Line 10-12 muffin tins with paper liners and oreos. Everything good and holy starts with oreos!

2. Make the Filling

Scrape some room temperature cream cheese into a large bowl and beat it up to get it all loosey-goosey. Yes, that is a technical term. Pour in some sugar and mix that in too. Then you can stir in the vanilla and plop in an egg. Beat this for 30 seconds or so until a smooth batter forms. Make sure to scrape the sides and mix again briefly.

Spoon this mixture over the oreos and set aside. I have deeper muffin tins, so I only filled 10. Just be aware!

3. Top + Bake

Now for the topping, chop up some pecans and grab some mini chocolate chips too. Sprinkle the tops with both and pop into the preheated oven.

After 15 minutes or so, they should be set and look a little pouffy.

4. Refrigerate + Serve!

After you cool these to room temperature, they should flatten out. Peel the liners off and refrigerate.

Once they are nice and chilled, grab one and drizzle lots of caramel sauce over like there’s no tomorrow. Now DIG in! Hello lover. You taste mighty fine.

Mini Turtle Cheesecake out of it's wrapper with others in the background

Storing Your Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

These individual Turtle Cheesecakes are a wonderful make-ahead dessert because they store so well in the fridge and freezer! Here’s how to do it.

In the Fridge

After your baked cheesecakes have come to room temperature, refrigerate covered for up to one week.

In the Freezer

Take the cheesecakes out from the cupcake pan but keep them in their wrappers. Place into the freezer uncovered for about 4 hours or until it’s mostly solid. Wrap each individual turtle cheesecakes well in two layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil then store in a freezer-safe Ziploc. They will stay good for up to 3 months in the freezer.

To defrost, simply unwrap and transfer to a plate. Cover gently with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge to defrost. Once defrosted, top with caramel and serve.

More Mini Cheesecakes to Try!

These were phenomenal. Loved them to pieces and am scared I’m going to eat the rest single handedly. Send help.


The Girl With No Will Power and/or Self Control

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5 from 18 votes

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

These irresistible Mini Turtle Cheesecakes are layers of Oreos, cheesecake, nuts, chocolate chips, and caramel all in one delicious serving.
servings 9 cheesecakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 12 Oreo Cookies
  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup store bought caramel sauce use your favorite brand


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Place one Oreo cookie in the bottom of each tin and set aside.
    Oreo on the bottom of cupcake liners
  • In a large bowl, whip cream cheese, and sugar together until smooth. Stir in egg and vanilla. Scrape sides and whip again until there are no lumps.
    Cream cheese mixture
  • Spoon cheesecake batter over Oreos evenly. Depending on how deep your muffin tins are, you should get anywhere from 9-12 individual cheesecakes.
    Cheesecake in cupcake liners
  • Top with pecans and mini chocolate chips. Bake 15 minutes or until completely set. Bring to room temperature.
    Chocolate chips and chopped nuts on top of cheesecake
  • Remove paper liners carefully and refrigerate until cold. To serve, place on serving platter and top with caramel sauce.
    Individual Oreo Turtle Cheesecakes


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mini turtle cheesecakes

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  4. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I just made these tonight, not only were they simple and quick to put together, but taste PHENOMENAL! You’re right, there is no controlling yourself to just one.

  5. Rebecca Davis

    5 stars
    Had a wonder as I was making these tonight…Adding sweet cherry pie filling would almost be like a Black Forest Cheesecake…The possibilities would be endless….You ARE a culinary genius!

  6. Erika - The Teenage Taste

    You’re right, these look dangerously good. In a so bad it’s good way of course. I could gladly take those remaining cheesecakes off your hands! 😛

  7. anonymous

    I LOVE the picture of the egg in midair- I don’t know why but it makes me crack up SO badly. Oh, and I honestly couldn’t live without this individual cheesecake!

  8. katie

    Damn you…. I think I must change my birthday dessert to this–just when I was content on settling for a cookie cake. These look unreal and because my birthday is saturday I don’t think any one will judge if I eat ALL OF THEM! 🙂

  9. Suzanne

    I would have no willpower where these are concerned either. I would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner until they were gone.

  10. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Look at all that glorious caramel…..I would run a few extra miles to eat one of these!

  11. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I’m so glad you shared these right before Easter. I can now stop looking for dessert. This is IT! SO fab.

  12. Kathryn

    I love these kind of desserts that look so fancy but are so easy to throw together and everyone ends up thinking you’re a culinary genius!

  13. suzette

    These look amazing…so amazing in fact that I’m not making them. Ha! I cant even imagine how much more I would have to workout to burn these off…omg

  14. Katie

    You convinced me to come and eat these without even saying anything. All I needed was that first picture. Then, I found out there was an Oreo on the bottom. Yum!

  15. TheCupcakeAssassin

    These look amazing. I know my other half would love these. I’d love to give these ago some time soon and post on my blog @…….would you mind if I did this? I’d give you credits for these ofc (links and twitter post), i’m not one to steal 🙂

  16. sally @ sally's baking addiction

    Lauren, these look fabulous! And very easy too. love the combo of oreos and chocolate turtles too. genius!

  17. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    these are beautiful Lauren! Love the Oreo ‘crust’…such a wonderful trick that I use as well. Love the ‘turtle’ aspect!

  18. Krissy's Creations

    No convincing for me! That first picture is to-die-for. Seriously love the caramel on top. Great recipe Lauren!

  19. Shari Ellis

    Hello…I stumbled upon your site a few days ago, and I am very impressed. I am looking forward to trying the Oreo Turtle Cheesecakes along with the Lemon Crinkle Cookies. Keep ’em comin!

    BTW…your daughter is a natural beauty. 🙂

  20. Cassie

    I’m such a fan of individual cheesecakes, much easier than messing with a springform pan. And this flavor combo I will take any day of the week.

  21. Genêt

    Oh Lauren, these are the perfect sweets to make this week with my kids while they’re on Spring Break. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    These look incredible, as do all your oreo cheesecake recipes (which I have subsequently bookmarked, i’m in for some trouble..) Thanks for the great recipe!

  23. Olivia Vickers

    Lauren! These look awesome…I do have a question…will leaving the liners on until serving hurt the cheesecakes?

  24. Nicole

    I’m looking forward to trying these! Beware, your blog may get a bit bogged down. I pinned this and is seems to be very popular!

  25. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    The fact that they are individually portioned i’m sure does NOTHING for the self control 🙂

  26. Megan Pence

    I’m feeling a very difficulty tearing and conflict of emotions right now. I’m torn because of my simultaneous loving and loathing of these – Loving these for obvious reason (duh!!) , and loathing because there is no amount of running, sit-ups, dog walking, Jillian Michael’s 6-week 6-pack I could do to get out from under the weight these gorgeous little bundles of joy and awesome would inflict on my waist line.

    I still heart you and these all the same. Because who am I kidding – I would never be able to say ‘no’ to one (or six) of them.


  27. Karan

    Thanks a lot, Lauren. Now I’m going to have to make these tempting little cheesecakes – and will have to eat a couple. Maybe if i jog in place while mixing and while they are baking. . . . They sound yummy.