Welcome to my kitchen, where today we’re diving into the world of sweet, nutty indulgence with a classic treat: Pecan Turtle Bars. As a seasoned food blogger and an enthusiast for all things delicious.
I’m thrilled to share this recipe that marries the rich flavors of pecans, caramel, and chocolate into one irresistible dessert. Perfect for family gatherings, special occasions, or just a sweet treat to brighten your day, these Pecan Turtle Bars are sure to impress.
Who is this Recipe For?
Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to the kitchen, this recipe is designed for anyone with a love for classic desserts with a twist. If you’re looking for a dessert that’s as delightful to present as it is to eat, you’ve found your match.
It’s great for parents looking to bake something special for their family, friends planning a potluck, or even solo chefs treating themselves to a well-deserved treat.
Why Pecan Turtle Bars Are Great
Imagine biting into a layer of buttery crust, followed by a gooey caramel pecan layer, all topped off with smooth, melted chocolate.
That’s what you get with these Pecan Turtle Bars. They are not just a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for your eyes, making them a perfect showstopper for any occasion.
- Crust: A simple yet delectable combination of all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and butter.
- Turtle Layer: A delightful mix of butter, brown sugar, and pecan halves creating that signature caramel-pecan filling.
- Chocolate Topping: Milk chocolate chips melted and swirled to perfection.
Before you start, make sure you have the following kitchen equipment on hand:
Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Just ensure they’re wrapped tightly to maintain freshness.
Pecan Turtles Bars
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter softened
- ⅔ cup butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Make the crust: In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and softened butter. Beat at medium speed until the mixture resembles fine crumbs, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to an ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan. Pat the mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan to form a crust.
- Make the turtle layer: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine ⅔ cup butter and ½ cup brown sugar. Cook and stir until bubbles form over the entire surface. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 30 to 60 seconds more. Remove from the heat.
- Assemble: Sprinkle the pecan halves evenly over the crust, then pour the hot brown sugar mixture on top.
- Bake: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake until the entire surface is bubbly, about 18 to 20 minutes.
- Add the chocolate topping: Remove the bars from the oven and set them on a wire rack. Immediately sprinkle the milk chocolate chips evenly over the surface. Let them stand until the chocolate melts, about 2 to 3 minutes. Use a knife or small spatula to swirl the melted chocolate slightly.
- Cool: Allow the bars to sit until completely cooled, about 30 minutes. Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut the bars into 48 pieces.