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Best Turtle Brownies Recipe

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Rich, decadent and packed with the crunch of pecans, these turtle brownies are insanely delicious.

If you love a good chocolate brownie, you’ve got to give this recipe a try.

They’re perfect for the holidays when you’re entertaining, potlucks or just any time you’re craving for some chocolatey brownies.

What I Love About the Recipe

The simplicity of this recipe blows my mind away. It comes together with boxed brownie mix and just a few pantry staples, and barely takes 15 minutes of prep time to make.

Plus, you can bring in lots of variations to the flavor to too- you don’t need to just stick to the caramel and pecans.

This has to be one of the most versatile and delicious dessert recipes out there.

Turtle Brownies Cooking Times

  • Servings: 12
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Down time: 1 hour

Ingredients For the Turtle Brownie Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make these turtle brownies.

Turtle Brownies Ingredients
  • Brownie mix: Serves as the primary base for the chocolatey goodness.
  • Vegetable oil: Moistens the brownie batter, ensuring a soft, fudgy texture.
  • Eggs: Act as the binding agent, holding the ingredients together.
  • Pecans: Give a delightful crunch, adding an interesting texture contrast.
  • Caramel bits: Enrich the flavor profile with their sweet and buttery taste.

How to Make Turtle Brownies From Scratch

Once you have all the ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make the turtle brownies.

Step 1: Prepare the Baking Pan

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper or grease it with some non stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Prepare the Brownie Batter

Add the brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs to a large bowl and stir with the spatula until combined. Do not overmix.

Step 3: Add the Mix-Ins

Set a small amount of the pecans, caramel bits and chocolate chips aside to top the brownies with. Then fold the remaining pecans, caramel bits and chocolate chips into the batter. 

Step 4: Pour Batter into a Pan and Sprinkle Toppings

Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, spread batter almost filling each of the cavities. Sprinkle a few chopped pecans, caramel bits and chocolate chips on the top of each.

Step 5: Bake Brownies Until Done

Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 6: Cool Completely and Cut Brownies into Squares

Once the brownies are done, remove the pan from the oven, place on a wire rack and allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting.  If you have trouble removing the brownies from the pan, gently run a butterknife around all of the edges of each brownie.

Tips & Tricks to Nail the Turtle Brownies Recipe

Ready to try making these turtle brownies? Here are some tips and tricks you might want to keep note of.

  • To add some more crunch factor to these turtle brownies, you can use toasted pecans instead of regular pecans that we used.
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips are two other good additions to the brownie batter.
  • If you’re making homemade brownies, and not used a boxed mix, make sure you use the highest quality ingredients like unsweetened cocoa powder (ideally Dutch process cocoa powder), unsalted butter, granulated sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, baking soda and some light brown sugar for the flour mixture.
  • To add some extra chocolatey flavor, you can add some more chocolate chips or chocolate chunks into the brownie batter. And you can, of course, top the finished brownies with some chocolate frosting instead of using a caramel sauce or caramel topping.
  • Remember to use unsweetened or semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, or you’ll end up making the brownies overly sweet.
  • Make sure the brownies cool completely before you try to remove them from the pan and cut them.
  • If you love the flavor of caramel, you can also mix some caramel sauce into the batter as you’re pouring it into the prepared pan. Remember not to overmix the caramel layer and let it shine through.

How to Serve the Turtle Brownies

The best, easiest way to serve these caramel pecan brownies is to team them up with some vanilla ice cream and a light drizzle of salted caramel sauce.

I also like to sprinkle some chopped pecans to bring a fun finishing touch to the brownies.

The combination of warm brownies and the cold ice cream is a match made in heaven.

How to Store Leftover Brownies

You can store your leftover brownies in an airtight container for 2-3 days, or refrigerate them if you want them to last longer.

Remember to warm brownies in the microwave before you serve them.

More Sweet Treat Recipes

If you enjoyed making these salted caramel turtle brownies, and want to try some more chocolate recipes, here are a few good ones to try out.

Turtle Brownies

Turtle Brownies

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This turtle brownie recipe is super tasty and easy to bake. Enjpy these chocolatr turtle brownies today

Ingredients

  • Boxed brownie mix (18.3 oz)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup caramel baking bits
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper or grease it with some non stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs to a large bowl and stir with the spatula until combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Set a small amount of the pecans, caramel bits and chocolate chips aside to top the brownies with. Then fold the remaining pecans, caramel bits and chocolate chips into the batter.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, spread batter almost filling each of the cavities. Sprinkle a few chopped pecans, caramel bits and chocolate chips on the top of each.
  5. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Once the brownies are done, remove the pan from the oven, place on a wire rack and allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting.  If you have trouble removing the brownies from the pan, gently run a butterknife around all of the edges of each brownie.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

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