Turtle Squares

This is American Thanksgiving week and all over the blogosphere there are posts about the holiday, being thankful and great food ideas. I have been enjoying reading the many posts people have put up with the theme of thanksgiving.

Living in Canada, we have already celebrated our Thanksgiving. Canadian Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday of October. Even though I am not American, and I do not live in the States, I still love to celebrate American Thanksgiving. I think it is an excuse to have turkey and watch some football; who wouldn’t like that!

Today is day 21 of the 24 Days of Christmas Baking and the dessert today is my wife’s absolute favourite thing I bake. She loves Nestle turtles – well she loves chocolate, nuts and caramel so if you throw them together, it is a guaranteed winner for her. Today’s dessert takes the flavour of a Nestle turtle and puts it in a square.

cutting into squares

This square is probably the most decadent dessert in the whole 24 day marathon. It is incredibly buttery and sweet, so it would probably be smart to make the squares a little on the smaller size. Who are we kidding, that would just mean that we eat a few squares!

In a saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar and whipping cream to make the caramel

Once the sugar is dissolved into the butter bring the caramel to a boil and let it have a rapid boil for 1-2 minutes. This is important for the caramelization process.

Spread the pecans over the baked crust. Pour the caramel over the pecans.

Once baked for another 25 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. The heat of the caramel will melt the chips. Once melted spread them evenly across the top.

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Turtle Squares

A decadent recipe of turtle squares with caramel, pecans, chocolate on a cookie crust. Easy instructions for how to make this dessert that tastes like candy Turtles.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Keyword Caramel, Chocolate, Christmas Baking, Pecan, Turtle
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 squares
Author Steve Cylka

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cup pecan halves , toasted
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Mix flour, 1 cup brown sugar, and 3/4 cup butter in processor until well blended and crumbly. Press mixture evenly into an ungreased 13x9 cake pan.
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 15 minutes. The crust should be golden and puff up a bit. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, bring remaining 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup butter, and cream to boil in small saucepan over medium high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Spread the pecans over crust and pour the caramel over the pecans. Bake at 350F until bubbles form and color darkens, about 24-26 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Wait a few minutes for the chocolate chips to melt. With a knife or spatula, spread the chocolate evenly across the top. Once cooled cut into squares.

 

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

20 comments

  1. Oooh, all that nutty brown sugar goodness!

  2. I Love turtle anything…such an awesome combination. These sound amazing!

  3. You sure are on a roll with these desserts, these ones especially look delicious! Yum!!

  4. Mmm, turtle squares 🙂 Looks delicious!

  5. Okay that’s it. I am hoping in my car and making the drive. I’ll be there in oh about 4 hours. There better be some left or there will be a woman crumbled up crying on your porch. You do have a porch right?

    • Haha – Yeah I do have a porch! There is plenty here as well. You could make it in under 4 hours as well. I have a proposal for you. I will trade you a tray of my baking for some of those banana sticky buns that I saw on your site! 😛

  6. These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try them!

  7. Dessert marathon!! All looks delicious !!

  8. These look delicious as well everything else on your site! I can’t wait to look at all the wonderful Thanksgiving treats 🙂

  9. Yum! Turtles are my Dad’s favorite candy. He would love these if I made them at Christmas!

  10. Wow. These look amazing. I adore turtles. Great post and photos!

  11. These are one of the favorite Christmas treats in my house, but I’ve never made them homemade. (Seriously! I don’t even know how this has happened.) Yours look delicious! Love checking out your days of holiday treats and blog overall…so much good food!

  12. Can you freeze them?

  13. Do you have to use whipping cream or Will half and half work?

  14. Could I make the Carmel with maple syrup? I always cut back on sugar or use alternative like coconut sugar. Do you think that would work?

  15. I made these and they turned out so good. I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever baked, so thank you for sharing this.

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