Turtle Cheesecake Bars

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Turtle Cheesecake Bars!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 40-50 minutes.


Preheat oven to 375. Line 8×8 baking dish with foil (to ensure easy removal of bars), and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray. Remove Oreo crust from pre-made pan, and crumble/press it down, re-forming it into your foil-lined pan. Put crust into the oven to bake for 8 minutes, then remove from oven.


Meanwhile, when crust is baking, cream together all of the ingredients, (except for the caramel and pecans), with a hand held mixer until smooth. (Or you could mix everything together in a blender or food processor, and skip the step of blending the cottage cheese beforehand).


Pour filling over Oreo crust, smoothing out filling with a spatula. Sprinkle the pecans over the top of the cheesecake bars. Place cheesecake bars in the oven, bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheesecake is almost set in the center. Let cool, and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, or overnight.


After chilled, remove from the refrigerator, and pull entire cheesecake out of pan, using the foil to lift cheesecake out of pan and onto a cutting board. Cut bars into 12 even bars, (I used a pizza cutter and wiped the blade clean with a paper towel between each cut). Just before serving, drizzle caramel over bars.


1Pre-made Oreo Pie Crust
1(8 oz) package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Baking Stevia OR 1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1
3/4 cupLow fat cottage cheese, (pureed in a blender until smooth)
1Whole egg
2Egg whites
1 tspVanilla extract
1/8 cupSugar free caramel ice cream topping (or fat free)
1/4 cupChopped pecans

1 I used NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend. If using packets of stevia, I recommend using about 6-8, or adjust according to taste.

Katie's Tip!

You can drizzle the caramel up to a few hours ahead of time, however I found that the caramel tends to ’sink in’ to the bars when put on well in advance, which of course tastes the same, but I like the pretty presentation of the fresh caramel drizzle!

Nutrition Breakdown

12 Bars
156 Calories per Bar
9 g Fat
13 g Carbohydrate
6 g Sugar
5 g Sugar
5 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


juniakk @ mis pensamientos said:

wow these turtle bars look divine. i like how you healthified them! have a great weekend :).

December 9th, 2011 — 8:34am  |  Reply

Haley said:

UMMMMMMM Are these a joke?!? THEY LOOK FABULOUS!! Can NOT WAIT to make them!! AHHHH (:

December 9th, 2011 — 9:00am  |  Reply

Erica | Cupcakes & Coffee Breaks said:

Ugh, these look soooo good. Definitely spoiling my loved ones with them this Christmas!

December 9th, 2011 — 9:09am  |  Reply

Liz @ IHeartVegetables said:

Yummm those look so good! I’m always amazed at your healthy dishes!

December 9th, 2011 — 2:03pm  |  Reply

Vishwa said:

These look delicious but I have a quick question can you use honey as a sugar substitute?

December 9th, 2011 — 10:15pm  |  Reply

Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous said:

I made these tonight. The only problem: they are currently cooling in the refridgerator. And I don’t think I can wait much longer for them to chill! Instead of using an Oreo crust, I used 1.5 Cups of crushed Fiber One, some Splenda, some vanilla yogurt, and 2 tsp of cocoa powder. I’m thinking about placing them in the freezer for a few minutes so they will get colder faster! (: Patience is tough when there are turtle bars to be eaten!

December 10th, 2011 — 8:08pm  |  Reply

Lindsey said:

This look so good!! I was wondering if I could substitute greek yogurt for the cottage cheese. I like cottage cheese, but family members do not. They always seem to notice when I use it. Can’t wait to try these!

December 12th, 2011 — 11:26am  |  Reply

Megan Pence @ Country Cleaver said:

Well, these most Certainly need to make an appearance on my Christmas nomming table! Beautiful!! ~Megan

December 13th, 2011 — 9:22am  |  Reply

Allison said:

Just wanted to thank you for this awesome recipe! I just had some and they were delicious. I used Greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese (as another poster suggested) and it turned out great. Now I just have to keep myself from eating it all at once, lol. Thanks again!

January 24th, 2012 — 6:59pm  |  Reply

Melinda said:

My mom made these for coffee after church today, and they were soooo good! They didn’t taste low cal at all, and were so creamy and rich. What a “guilt-less” treat:)) Thanks!

March 18th, 2012 — 6:14pm  |  Reply

Cassandra Bishop said:

Oh. My. Gosh. I’m new to your site and on the homepage, this is the first picture I see. It’s safe to say this will be one of my new favorite blogs :)By the way, your site is great! I’m looking forward to touring it a little bit more

March 24th, 2012 — 3:39pm  |  Reply

Gills said:

can we use actual granulated sugar or confectioners sugar instead of sugar substitute?

May 13th, 2012 — 5:49pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you sure can! same amt as sugar substitute!

May 13th, 2012 — 6:05pm  | 

Gills said:

can you leave out or substitute something else for the cottage cheese part?

May 14th, 2012 — 1:21am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yes! Simply take out the cottage chews an add low fat cream cheese

May 14th, 2012 — 6:57am  | 

Gills said:

the same anount?

May 14th, 2012 — 9:00pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

yes :)

May 14th, 2012 — 9:11pm  | 

Gills said:

when i creamed all the ingredients together, i turned out like liquid. is it suppose to be like that?

May 14th, 2012 — 10:47pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :) it will firm up in the oven!

May 15th, 2012 — 7:49am  | 

Jessica said:

Could you use baking stevia as the sugar substitute? Would it be the same amount as the sugar substitute? Thanks! Cant’t wait to bake them :)

June 24th, 2012 — 9:35pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

great question! i just clarified on the recipe!

June 25th, 2012 — 6:34am  | 

Jessica said:

Okay thanks! Which brand of baking stevia do you recommend?

June 25th, 2012 — 5:30pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

NuStevia for sure! I buy mine at whole foods or on amazon!

June 25th, 2012 — 9:47pm  | 

Mandy Nicoletta said:

These were AWESOME!

July 20th, 2012 — 12:02pm  |  Reply

Karen said:

I made this a couple of weeks ago and loved it! I have a second batch in the oven right now. I doubled the recipe, so we’ll see how it turns out.

August 19th, 2013 — 8:11pm  |  Reply

Christine Michele said:

So so good!! Made it as the recipe said and it came out wonderful! Will definitely be making again! Thank you so much!

June 1st, 2014 — 9:44pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

HI vishwa, probably not in this recipe, because it is cheesecake extra moisture may make it unstable!

December 10th, 2011 — 7:21am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

you could do that lindsey! :)

December 12th, 2011 — 7:04pm  |  Reply

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