turtle bars: a favorite holiday recipe

This recipe for turtle bars is one I got from my mother in law and from the first time I tried them I was love. Carmel + pecans + chocolate = heaven in a 9X13 pan. No. Really. It’s true. :)
These simple and delicious squares are the perfect holiday treat and definately need to be shared, so come  follow along as we make some delicious turtle bars and then package them up to give this holiday season.
Ingredients you’re going to need:
2 cups flour + 1 cup brown sugar + 3/4 butter softened
1 cup butter + 1 ½ cups brown sugar + 3 tbsp corn syrup

2 cups of chopped pecans + 2 cups of milk chocolate chips 
You’ll begin by buttering a 9X13 inch pan. These squares tend to stick so butter it up good. Now we’re going to mix up the crust. Grab 3/4 cups of softened butter, 1 cup of brown sugar and 2 cups of flour and mix well. Pour the mixture into your 9X13 pan and press down evenly to form the crust.
Next take 2 cups of chopped pecans and sprinkle over the top of the crust and press them in a bit. Set aside. In a saucepan we can start preparing the carmel. Bring1 cup of butter, 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar and 3 tbsp corn syrup to a boil and boil for one minute.
Pour over crust + pecans in pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and sprinkle 2 cups of milk chocolate chips over the top. Let sit about 5 minutes and then spread softened chips to cover. Allow ample cooling time before you enjoy!
And that is how you make turtle bars.
Pretty simple and believe me when I tell you, they are so yummy!
To share some of these yummy treats you can package them up in a small jar with some simple trimmings. Using a brown paper bag I cut out a circle big enough to cover my jar lid and hang over the sides a little bit. I centered the circle on the jar lid, folded it down and began making pleats all around the edge. Tie with a small scrap of lace or ribbon, attach a tag to the top of your jar and all done.

Simple, delicous and homemade. Definately my idea of the perfect holiday gift. You can download Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays gift tags like the ones I used here. This is a 8.5X11 sheet of 20 tags in four different colors.

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Rebecca Cooper is a 38-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. Ashe's says

    They look delicious and so pretty, but mine did not come out looking like yours. I have reread the recipe 20 times and I can’t think of anything that I did different. There is this thin liquid over mine which is making it hard for them to set. The do not look like nice bars. More like chocolate pecan casserole. Help?

  2. Linda @ it all started with paint says

    I’m not sure which I love more — the recipe or the way you packaged up the gift! Thanks so much for sharing at our mason jar party!

    :) Linda
    It All Started With Paint & Mason Jar Crafts Love


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