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Turtle Cookie Bars

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Like the famous Turtles candies, these cookie bars have layers of chocolate, nuts, and caramel on top of a rich, buttery shortbread crust.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Just like the famous candies, these Turtle Cookie Bars are full of pecans, caramel, and milk chocolate over a rich, buttery shortbread base. https://www.lanascooking.com/turtle-cookie-bars

These Turtle Cookie Bars are full of pecans, caramel, and milk chocolate over a rich, buttery shortbread base.

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.

Just like the famous candies, these Turtle Cookie Bars are full of pecans, caramel, and milk chocolate over a rich, buttery shortbread base. https://www.lanascooking.com/turtle-cookie-bars

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.

Ingredients for the cookie crust in a mixing bowl.

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

Pating the crust for into a 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.

Pecan halves added over crust layer.

Sprinkle the pecan halves evenly over the unbaked crust layer.

Cooking ingredients for caramel in a saucepan.

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.

Carmel poured over pecans and crust in baking dish.

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

Spreading warm chocolate chips over the caramel layer.

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 :-)

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Just like the famous candies, these Turtle Cookie Bars are full of pecans, caramel, and milk chocolate over a rich, buttery shortbread base. https://www.lanascooking.com/turtle-cookie-bars

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.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

Bottom layer:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup whole pecan halves

Caramel Layer:

  • cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Topping:

  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  • 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 13×9-inch pan. Sprinkle the pecan halves evenly over the unbaked crust layer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Makes 3-4 dozen.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Since you like the 1979 Pines and Plantations, you’ll also like the Junior Service Leaguer 1994 hard cover “:Good Food Good Company”….a whole new generation of Thomasville cooks! Beautifully done with menus and colored photographs…

  2. 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

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.