Turtle Chocolate Caramel-Pecan Squares

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Total Time
4hrs 30mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 30 mins

Plan ahead, these bars need to chill for 4 or more hours. Prep time includes chilling the squares.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Set the oven rack to the middle postion.
  3. Butter and flour a 9-inch baking pan (tap off excess flour in the pan).
  4. For the chocolate layer: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the chocolate and the butter over low heat, stirring until smooth; remove the pan from the heat, cool the mixture to lukewarm.
  5. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla.
  6. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  7. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and the salt; add to the chocolate mixture, beating JUST until the batter is combined well.
  8. Add in the mini chocolate chips (if using).
  9. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  10. Bake in the middle of the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the chocolate layer tests done.
  11. Cool completely on a rack.
  12. For the caramel-pecan layer: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the sugar, corn syrup, water and a Pinch of salt to a boil, over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  13. Then boil the mixture WITHOUT stirring, until the mixture turns a golden caramel.
  14. Remove pan from the heat, and carefully add the cream and vanilla (be careful, the mixture will bubble up, and steam).
  15. Stir in the pecans, and QUICKLY pour the mixture over the chocolate layer in the pan, spreading evenly.
  16. Drizzle melted chocolate over the caramel for garnish if desired.
  17. Chill the chocolate-caramel squares, loosely covered, until the caramel if firm (at least 4 hours).
  18. Cut into 16 squares.
  19. Let the squares come to room temperature before eating.
  20. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
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I always love your recipes! Even with only one review I saw your name and new it would be good! Made it for a birthday at my husbands work and everyone loved it! I doubled the recipe to make 2 pans worth. My husband had to hide one pan to make sure I and the wife of the birthday guy would get to try some. Thanks for a great recipe!

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Now were talking! This is my kind of dessert! This will definately quench your sweet cravings. Delicious!