If you love the combination of chocolate, pecans, and caramel and you’re also a fan of an amazing chocolatey brownie, this is the recipe for you! These delicious brownies are simple to make and oh, so yummy!
What is a Turtle?
If you’ve been around awhile, you’ve probably eaten Turtle candies. They’re the perfect mixture of pecans, chewy caramel, and chocolate. These have always been a favorite of mine.
I love this combination so much that I added a recipe for my mom’s turtles candies, my personal favorite.
These same flavors translate well to baked goods. I have a terrific recipe for Turtles cookies (a Crumbl knock-off) and I’m hear to tell you, I love, love, love converting these three ingredients into delicious treats.
Some Days You Just Need Chocolate
This is one of those days. We’re experiencing a cold snap here in the Houston area and I’ve been home all day, working on my blog and updating old posts.
By late afternoon I was a wee bit bored and had a hankering for something chocolate. That’s when I stumbled across this delectable-looking recipe from Nestles for these Chocolate Turtle Brownies.
I had all of the ingredients on hand for the brownies with only one exception. I only had milk chocolate chips. No worries there. I decided to make the recipe anyway.
If you have semi-sweet, you can use those, instead. Regardless, these are still a rich chocolate brownie, thanks to the addition of the goodies on top—gooey caramel, chocolate chips, and pecans.
Chocolate Turtle Brownies Ingredients
You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. These are simple ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.
- chocolate chips
- butter, melted
- large eggs
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- milk (or heavy cream)
- caramel chips
- chopped pecans
(Note: I mis-read the recipe and only used 1/4 cup of butter but you’ll want to add the full stick if you want your brownies to be gooey.)
How to Make Turtle Brownies
These are simple to make!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish. (I believe my pan is and 8×11-inch but I like my brownies thicker.) If you like, you can place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom for easy lifting.
Grab a large microwave-safe bowl and put a cup of the chocolate chips in it, along with the stick of butter, cubed. (If you like you can add melted butter in place of cubed.)
Heat in 30-second increments until chips are melted. (Mine took a total of a minute and a half.)
Stir well until chocolate is smooth.
In a separate large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the vanilla.
Add the sugar.
Combine with the chocolate mixture.
Now add the remaining dry ingredients (flour and baking soda). Mix well.
Check out that brownie batter!
Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Now sprinkle a cup of chopped pecans on top.
Add remaining chocolate chips.
Place in preheated oven and bake brownies for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out only slightly sticky. If you’re using a smaller pan (resulting in thicker brownies) they will need a full 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place on wire rack to cool.
Make your caramel filling: Combine caramel chips and milk in a microwave safe medium bowl. Heat in 30-second increments until you can stir it smooth. Drizzle the caramel over the top of the brownies.
Note: If you don’t have caramel chips or squares you can always use jarred caramel topping.
Cut and serve.
These are great by themselves but even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some hot fudge. Yum! Sadly, I didn’t have either on hand.
Store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. You can leave them at room temperature. These brownies can be frozen up to two months and brought to room temperature naturally when you’re ready to serve them.
What to Expect from These Brownies
What can I say? I’m a lover of all things with pecans and caramel. And the idea of using milk chocolate seemed perfect to me. Is there anything better than simple homemade brownies?
I love the consistency of these brownies. It’s hard to get a brownie mix just right. They’re usually too wet (too gooey) or too cake-like. These are right in the middle, exactly what I like. These are rich fudgy brownies with crisp edges. Perfection! Talk about moist crumbs! (Yum!)
I love the sticky caramel layer and I really enjoyed the melted chocolate chips just beneath. The pecans were my favorite, though. What an I say? I’m nuts about nuts!
This is one of those brownie recipes you can use again and again, mixing it up all sorts of different ways!
Variations on this Caramel Turtle Brownies Recipe
I loved this so much and I’m already thinking of other ways I can make these next time. Here are some ideas that come to mind:
Muffins: I think these are a good consistency for muffins. I plan to make them this way next time, using an ice-cream scoop to add a scoop of batter to each LKJ in the muffin tin.
Brownie Bites: I have a small muffin pan that’s just the right size for brownie bites. These might be fun!
Dark chocolate: If you don’t like milk chocolate you can use semi-sweet or even chunks of bittersweet chocolate.
German Chocolate: Don’t like the topping choices? No problem! Bake up the brownies as instructed (minus the nuts and extra chocolate chips) but spoon a can of coconut pecan frosting on top after they’ve cooled. Yum!
Other Caramel Treats from Out of the Box Baking
That’s it for this post, friends!
I hope you enjoyed this delicious homemade turtle brownies recipe.
If you make this recipe and love it, don’t forget to leave a review and a comment below. And while you’re at it, go ahead and pin some photos to your Pinterest boards!
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About the Author
Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 165 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.
- 2 cups (one small 12-ounce package) chocolate chips, divided.
- 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon milk (or heavy cream)
- 1 cup caramel chips
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. (I believe my pan is and 8x11-inch but I like my brownies thicker.)
- Grab a large microwave safe bowl and put a cup of the chocolate chips in it, along with the stick of butter, cubed.
- Heat in 30-second increments until chips are melted. (Mine took a total of a minute and a half.)
- Stir well until chocolate is smooth.
- Whisk the eggs. Add the vanilla.
- Add the sugar.
- Combine with the chocolate mixture. Stir well.
- Now add the remaining dry ingredients (flour and baking soda).
- Spoon into the prepared baking dish.
- Now sprinkle a cup of chopped pecans on top.
- Add remaining chocolate chips.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out only slightly sticky. If you're using a smaller pan (resulting in taller brownies) they will likely need a full 30 minutes in the oven.
Remove from the oven and place on wire rack to cool.
- Make your caramel filling: Combine caramel chips and milk in a microwave safe medium bowl. Heat in 30-second increments until you can stir it smooth. Drizzle the caramel over the warm brownies.
Cut and serve.
- These are great by themselves but even better with ice cream and fudge. Yum!
- Store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. You can leave them at room temperature. These brownies can be frozen up to two months and brought to room temperature naturally when you’re ready to serve them.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.