Caramel / Chocolate / Cookies / Nuts

Second day of Xmas: Turtle Bars

It’s the second day of our 12 days of Xmas recipes series. Now, we all know what True Love gifted on this day, but how on earth was I going to trap, kill, cook, and eat even one turtle dove?!? So I decided instead that turtle bars are a lot more appetizing than being literal. Turns out my fellow artiste friends at Fly Entertainment couldn’t agree more. It sure felt like the second day of Xmas last night at Fly’s 13th anniversary party, when Mother Christmas (yours truly) handed out a whole box of homemade turtle bar bites.

Turtle bars (and for that matter, turtle ice-cream, turtle cheesecake, or any “turtle” dessert) did not get their name because they contain or resemble turtles. Instead, they are named after Nestle’s Turtles candy: pecan pieces covered in caramel and chocolate. So today’s turtle bar recipe is full of crunchy pecans covered in a sweet-salty caramel and bittersweet dark chocolate on a buttery shortbread. It’s so good, someone even called them “crack” cookies.

Turtle Bars
Yields: One 9″ x 13″ tray

2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (135g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (120g) butter, cold
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans or nut of your choice (I used walnuts)

1. Preheat oven to 350oF/180oC

2. Cut cold butter into small pieces, then put in a bowl with flour and sugar. Using only your fingertips, rub butter into flour-sugar mixture until texture resembles fine sand.

Work quickly with your fingertips to prevent the butter from melting and creating a soggy mess!

Work quickly with your fingertips to prevent the butter from melting and creating a soggy mess!

3. Press mixture onto the bottom of a parchment-lined tray to form base.

4. Sprinkle chopped nuts over base and set aside.

1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar
2/3 cup (160g) butter
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup (100g) dark chocolate, chopped

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and butter to boil. Keep stirring and let mixture boil for about 1 minute.

Pot of gold caramel

A pot of gold caramel

2. Remove from heat and stir in sea salt.

3. Immediately pour mixture over base and bake at 350oF  for 18-20 minutes. The caramel on the surface should be bubbling when done.

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4. Remove from oven and sprinkle dark chocolate over the top. Let chocolate melt for a minute or so before spreading the chocolate around with a spatula.

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5. Set aside to cool. Then cut into bite-sized portions and enjoy!

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Sweet, salty, buttery, crunchy Turtle Bars make perfect gifts for the second day of Xmas!

If you missed out on earlier recipes in the 12 days of Xmas recipes series…

First day of Xmas: Rustic Pear Galette


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