Turtle Cookie Bars

by Lana Stuart on December 17, 2013 · 10 comments

Turtle Cookie Bars

One of my all-time favorite candies is the famous Turtles. You know those, right? They’re beautiful little bites of luscious pecans and rich, thick caramel covered with milk chocolate. And that’s just what these bars are. The same things that make Turtles so delicious all baked on top of a buttery shortbread base. This recipe comes from one of my favorite old cookbooks called “Pines and Plantations” which was published back in the 70’s or 80’s.  That cookbook is so well loved and so long used that I have to hold it together with a rubber band. The front cover was long lost and the back is holding on by a thread but it’s still one of my go-to volumes for tried and true recipes.

I made a batch of these Turtle Cookie Bars recently to send to work with BeeBop. I think it would be fair to say they were a hit :-)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine ingredients for the crust of Turtle Cookie Bars

Combine the flour, brown sugar, and butter in a medium bowl. Stir together until well mixed.

Pat the crust for Turtle Cookie Bars into the baking pan

Pat the mixture firmly into an ungreased 13×9-inch pan. I use a glass pan for these bars only so that I can see how brown the crust is getting. You can use any 13×9 pan that you have.

Sprinkle pecan halves over the crust

Sprinkle the pecan halves evenly over the unbaked crust layer.

Making caramel layer for Turtle Cookie Bars

Prepare the caramel layer by combining the butter and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a rapid boil. Continue cooking for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring constantly. Be careful not to let the caramel get too dark or burn.

Pour over the caramel layer

Pour the boiling mixture evenly over the pecans and crust. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the crust is light golden brown.

Adding the chocolate layer for Turtle Cookie Bars

Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Let the chips sit for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Spread the melted chips evenly over the surface. Allow to cool completely in the baking dish before cutting into bars or squares.

Makes 3-4 dozen depending on the size you cut them :-)

Enjoy!

Turtle Cookie Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 3-4 dozen

Turtle Cookie Bars

Like the famous Turtles candies, these cookie bars have layers of chocolate, nuts, and caramel on top of a rich, buttery shortbread crust.

Ingredients

    Bottom layer:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole pecan halves
  • Caramel Layer:
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Topping:
  • 12 oz. milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, brown sugar, and butter in a medium bowl. Stir together until well mixed. Pat the mixture firmly into an ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Sprinkle the pecan halves evenly over the unbaked crust layer.
  2. Prepare the caramel layer by combining the butter and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a rapid boil. Continue cooking for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring constantly. Be careful not to let the caramel get too dark or burn. Pour the boiling mixture evenly over the pecans and crust. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the crust is light golden brown.
  3. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Let the chips sit for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Spread the melted chips evenly over the surface.
  4. Makes 3-4 dozen.

Notes

This recipe is from one of my favorite old cookbooks titled "Pines and Plantations."

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1 Ordinary J December 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I love the short list of all my favorite ingredients. I’m going to try making this one. This recipe looks like something I can tackle:) Thanks for sharing.

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2 Lana Stuart December 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

It’s really, really easy so I’m sure you’ll have great success with it. Enjoy!

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3 Sandra December 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

These great looking bars are cooling in my kitchen right now. I can’t wait to try one! I know my Family will love these next week. Thank you, Lana, for another great recipe!

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4 Lana Stuart December 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

That’s great to hear, Sandra! I hope you all enjoy this treat.

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5 Miss P December 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

1 – I also have that cookbook.
2 – I AM going to make these.
3 – I am obsessively making lists this week to try to get everything accomplished.

Miss P

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6 Lana Stuart December 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

I love that cookbook, don’t you? And I’m making lists, too, and running as fast as I can to get everything done. Thank goodness I’m off work!

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7 Rhonda December 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

all-purpose flour or self-rising? I always get confused

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8 Lana Stuart December 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

It’s all-purpose for this one :-)

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9 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles December 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Who doesn’t love the flavors in turtles?! I’ll take 3!!

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10 Lana Stuart December 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I know! Who can resist Turtles, right?

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