This Turtle Pie is a no bake recipe and so easy to make with just 15 minutes of prep time. It starts with a buttery Oreo crust, then is topped with cream cheese and caramel filling, and is finished with whipped topping and pecans. This is always a crowd favorite and perfect for the Holidays.
This Turtle Pie is a must make for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, you can make the whole thing the day before, then pull it out right before dessert!
I'm in love with the flavor combinations in this recipe. The Oreo Crust is sweet and buttery, and the Caramel filling is creamy and whipped. Everything about this pie is over the top delicious.
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It's so easy to make with only 15 minutes of prep time
- No baking required
- This recipe is fantastic for holidays because you can make it a day ahead and save time at dessert
- Minimal ingredients are required for this Turtle Pie
Oreos & Butter- Come together for the most delicious crust. You want to use Regular, traditional Oreos in this recipe, no variations like Double Stuffed or Thin. Don't forget to try my Oreo Ice Cream too!
Cream Cheese-The base of the filling and brings in the perfect taste and texture, while toning down some of the sweetness. It is extremely important to allow the cream cheese to soften to room temperature before mixing the filling, or you will end up with really lumpy filling. I usually leave mine on the countertop for at least 1-2 hours.
Powdered Sugar-Adds sweetness and a bit of structure to the filling.
Heavy Cream-Takes the filling from almost a frosting like texture to a whipped topping.
Caramel- Added to the pie for that "Turtle taste" we are all looking for.
Pecans, Chocolate Sauce and Caramel- Classic Turtle Ingredients used for topping the pie.
*Full recipe ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card below.
Substitutions and Variations:
If you don't have a food processor or blender, place the Oreos in a gallon sized plastic bag and close. Hit with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet until they are crushed into a sand like texture. Then, add to a bowl and stir in melted butter.
For the whipped topping, you can use cool whip, homemade whipped cream, or a can whipped cream, like Reddi-wip.
Love Cool Whip? To add some height onto this pie, you can add as much as you would like over the top at serving time.
Want only caramel and pecans for topping? Just skip the chocolate sauce.
For more pecan flavor, chop up the pecans into small pieces and sprinkle them over the entire top of the filling.
How to Make Turtle Pie:
Step 1: In a food processor, pulse the Oreos until they resemble sand.
Step 2: With the food processor on low, slowly pour in the melted butter until the Oreo mixture looks like wet sand.
Step 3: Line a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray, then a piece of parchment paper. Pour the Oreo crust over the top and use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack the crust firmly into place. Transfer the entire pie plate into the fridge.
Step 4: Add the softened cream cheese into a stand mixer with paddle attachment, or large bowl (if using a hand mixer). Turn the speed to medium low and blend smooth for 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and pour in the powdered sugar. Continue to blend until fully combined.
Step 5: Pour in heavy cream and increase the speed to medium. Beat for 3 to 4 minutes until whipped and fluffy. Fold in caramel ¼ cup at a time using a frosting spatula. This keeps the filling nice and light.
Step 6: Remove the pie plate from the fridge. Use a spoon to drop the topping all over the top of the crust rather than just dumping in the middle. This helps the pie crust to not mix in with the filling. Carefully smooth over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 7 hours, preferably overnight.
Step 7: Remove from the fridge right before serving.
Step 8: Top with Chocolate Sauce and Caramel. Then add swirls or dollops of whipped topping with the pecans on top. *I used a piping bag with tip to make them pretty.
Step 9: Slice and enjoy! Remember there is parchment paper, so don't eat that.
- This pie does best if wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge overnight. The filling is still creamy, but gets less soupy if it has proper time in the fridge. I don't recommend serving before at least 7-8 hours in the fridge.
- Make sure to pack down the oreo crust the best you can. I find the easiest way is to use the back of a metal measuring cup.
- When pouring the filling over the oreo crust, try to drop it around the entire pie, instead of just in the center. This way, you won't have to spread it as much and the pie crust won't mix into the filling.
- Once served, don't leave the pie out or it will get runny. Place back in the fridge.
No, although the filling does have a cream cheese taste, like a cream cheese frosting tastes, but less sweet.
This turtle pie requires no baking, just refrigeration. The texture of this filling is not anything like regular baked cheesecake. It is a creamy, whipped topping on top of the Oreo pie crust. The refrigeration is key because it helps the filling set, so it can be sliced without being runny in texture.
Oreo crust is a personal favorite of mine and only requires 2 ingredients. In order to fill a 9 inch pie plate, you need 24 Oreos and 4 tablespoons of melted salted butter. Pulse the Oreos in the food processor, then slowly add in the melted butter. Pack into a pie plate for a delicious crust. No baking required in this recipe!
Store the turtle pie in the fridge with plastic wrap covering the top for up to 3 days. Slice and enjoy!
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