Flourless Turtle Cheesecake Brownies

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These rich and fudgy flourless Turtle Brownies are swirled with cheesecake and caramel, and then topped with pecans. They are the ultimate decadent dessert recipe for anyone who craves the chocolate, caramel, and pecan combo. And it’s a naturally gluten free brownie recipe that you won’t be able to resist!

One turtle cheesecake brownie leaning against a couple more on a white plate.

Fudgy Turtle Brownies with Cheesecake Swirl

 

Since these brownies are flourless, it’s all about the chocolate. But even when it’s all about the chocolate, you still can level up your brownies. These fudgy turtle cheesecake brownies will satisfy your chocolate, cheesecake, and caramel cravings all in one bite, with the crunch of pecans on top.

The slightly tangy swirl of cream cheese and crunchy nuts balances the sweetness of the rich, chocolate and the caramel. Oh, yes, let’s not forget the caramel which gives these brownies even more ooey gooey deliciousness.

You’ve never had gluten free brownies like this before. Bring on the milk, people, bring on the milk! Because whether you like the fudgy middle or the slightly crispy (but still super moist) edges, you won’t be disappointed.

Three Flourless Turtle Cheesecake Brownies stacked on a plate with some on a cake stand in the background.

What Makes These Turtle Cheesecake Brownies So Good?

  • Naturally gluten free. The brownie batter base is made with almond flour, so they don’t have any flour to swap out to make a perfect gluten free brownie.
  • So fudgy. Since they are made without flour, they are extra ooey gooey in the middle.
  • Surefire recipe. I’ve made this gluten free brownie base a ton of times, and it never fails me, whether I’m swirling in Bailey’s Fudge Sauce like these brownies, or swapping out the pecans in this recipe to make Flourless Caramel Cashew Cheesecake Swirl Brownies. I had to give some away to my neighbors to keep from eating them all myself.
A cloesup of the caramel pecan cheesecake topping on a brownie.

Brownie Ingredients

Let’s gather what we will need to make these turtle brownies. Here is a quick overview, but be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full amounts and detailed instructions. But don’t miss my tips for success.

For the Cheesecake Swirl

  • Cream cheese. You can use light or regular (not fat free), just be sure it is softened to room temperature
  • Egg.
  • Powdered sugar.
  • Pure vanilla extract. Use a good quality, gluten free brand.

For the Brownies

  • Semisweet chocolate chips.
  • Unsalted butter. No need to soften since you will be melting it.
  • Eggs.
  • Granulated sugar.
  • Cocoa powder.
  • Almond flour.
  • Salt.
  • Pure vanilla extract.
  • Caramel sauce. You can use homemade caramel or a good quality store-bought brand.
  • Pecans. Chopped
Three caramel pecan brownies on a small plate with a bottle of Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract next to them.

How to Make Turtle Brownies

While there are a few components to this gluten free brownie recipe, it’s actually super easy. Other than the bowl you need for melting the butter with the chocolate chips, you mix it all up in one bowl.

  • Prepare the pan. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper or spray well with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Make the cheesecake swirl. Combine all of the cheesecake ingredients in a small bowl, and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Melt chocolate. In a double boiler or a bowl set over a simmering pan of water, melt the butter, then add the chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Make the batter. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar till pale, the slowly whisk in the melted chocolate. Then whisk in cocoa powder, almond flour, salt, and vanilla.
  • Fill the pan. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Place small dollops of the cheesecake mixture and caramel over the batter and then create swirls with a butter knife or small spatula. Sprinkle with pecans
  • Bake and cool. Bake at 350°F for 22-26 minutes, or until just set in the middle. Cool completely in the pan before cutting.
A pile of brownies topped with caramel, pecans, and cheesecake swirl on a green cake stand.

Tips for Success

  • Get a crackly top. Make sure you whisk the eggs and sugar for a minute or two until pale, as this ensures you get a little bit of rise and the nice crispy bits on top and on the edges.
  • Don’t scramble the eggs. Add the chocolate slowly after it cools a bit so the eggs don’t cook and curdle.
  • Line or grease the pan. Usually, I use parchment in the pan. I’ve also just sprayed my pan really well, though, and I had no problems with the brownies sticking.
Three turtle brownies with a cheesecake swirl stacked on a white plate.

Storing Brownies

These brownies can be kept covered at room temperature for 2-3 days. Or refrigerate them if you want to keep them around for up to a week.

Three Flourless Turtle Cheesecake Brownies stacked on a plate with some on a cake stand in the background.
5 from 1 vote

Flourless Turtle Cheesecake Brownies

These rich and fudgy flourless Turtle Brownies are swirled with cheesecake and caramel, and then topped with pecans. They are the ultimate decadent dessert recipe for anyone who craves the chocolate, caramel, and pecan combo. And it's a naturally gluten free brownie recipe that you won't be able to resist!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cheesecake Swirl:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, light or regular, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Brownies:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce, homemade or good quality store-bought
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

For the Cheesecake Swirl:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl, and blend until smooth. Set aside.

For the Brownies:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper or spray well with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a double boiler or a bowl set over a simmering pan of water, melt the butter, then add the chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar for a minute or two.
  • Add melted chocolate mixture a little at a time, whisking well after each addition.
  • Whisk in the cocoa powder, almond meal, salt, and vanilla.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Place small dollops of the cheesecake mixture and caramel over the batter and then create swirls with a butter knife or small spatula. Sprinkle with pecans
  • Bake at 350°F for 22-26 minutes, or until just set in the middle.
  • Cool completely in the pan before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
Flourless Turtle Cheesecake Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 brownie)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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27 Comments
  1. CoffeeQueen

    Extremely misleading, deceptive, and disappointing to read “flourless” at the beginning and waste so much time scrolling down the page to find out how to make them without flour, but yet further down to the end of the list reads “almond meal” so you end up having to make a trip to the store for something special that most people don’t readily have in the house.

    1. I’m sorry that you had to scroll only to be disappointed, especially because these are such delicious brownies. However, almond meal technically is not flour, since it is made from nuts and not grains, and many people who actually need flourless/gluten-free recipes due to celiac disease or a gluten allergy actually consider almond meal a staple. Also, as it is more widely used in many types of recipes nowadays, it’s easy to find in most grocery stores nowadays and I usually purchase mine from Amazon Prime.

  2. I love flourless recipes! My husband prefers them because he likes the texture better because they are thicker. Thanks for linking up with the Delicious Dishes Recipe party!

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