Turtle Brownies

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Homemade brownies topped with gooey caramel, chocolate chips and pecans. Turtle Brownies are a decadent dessert the whole family will love!

These Turtle Brownies are every bit as decadent as a brownie sundae or a Turtle Cheesecake except you can eat them with your hands! Try our Turtle Fudge for another gooey caramel treat.

Slice of turtle brownie on a white plate with a stack of brownies in background.
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Turtle Brownie Recipe from Scratch

You know what often gets lost in turtle candies and desserts? The chocolate.

I mean, there’s chocolate in some form.

But too often, the chocolatiness of it all is overtaken by the caramel or the pecans. Don’t get me wrong, I am ALL ABOUT caramel and pecans on my chocolate desserts. I just also want to TASTE the chocolate!

Enter: this recipe.

This recipe uses cocoa powder AND semi-sweet chocolate chips in the brownies. It’s based off my favorite brownie recipe!

The result is a Turtle Brownie where the rich chocolate exist in harmony with the sweet caramel and nutty pecans. In short, this is the very best Turtle Brownie recipe you will ever make.

You can thank me later.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients needed to make turtle brownies.
  • Chocolate – You’ll need semi-seet chocolate chips as well as unsweetened cocoa powder in this brownie recipe. I choose Ghirardelli for both!
  • Eggs. This recipe calls for FOUR eggs. THAT is how you achieve gooey brownies with a chewy center and crispy crust.
  • Pecans – Nut pieces are baked right into the batter to give them an irresistible crunch in every bite. Toast the pecans for best flavor.
  • Caramel bits – The Kraft baking bits are my pick for topping turtle brownies. Larger caramel candies can work too, if you unwrap them first and chop them into small pieces. You can also use your own caramel sauce if you prefer.
  • Baking powder- while most brownie recipes don’t include a leavener, we love how it helps these thick and chewy brownies get a little lift WITHOUT making them cake-like in texture.

How to Make Turtle Brownies

Step by step photos showing how to make turtle brownies.
  • Make the brownie batter. Pour the batter into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Add Caramel. Drizzle over brownie batter, using a knife to swirl.
  • Add toppings. Add additional pecans and chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake. Remove the baked brownies from the oven and cool completely before slicing.
Turtle brownies cut into squares on parchment paper.

More Brownies

Making thick and fudgy brownies is my specialty (well, in addition to making the perfect rice krispies treat recipe)!

Here are a few of our favorite flavors!

  • Walnut Brownies– fudgy with nutty bites of walnuts. Could swap for pecans too!
  • Oreo Brownies– thick brownies with chunks of Oreo Cookies…the perfect combo!
  • Chocolate Mint Brownies– brownies topped with mint buttercream and chocolate ganache!
  • M&M Brownies– the classic brownie recipe with candy pieces! Try it with Reese’s Pieces too!
  • Peanut Butter Brownies– swirls of peanut butter in thick, fudgy brownies.
  • Caramel Brownies– gooey swirls of caramel sauce in rich brownies. A delicious dessert!
  • Cheesecake Brownies– with swirls of cream cheese in our classic fudgy brownie recipe.

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Turtle Brownie Recipe

5 from 5 votes
By: Aimee
Homemade Brownies topped with gooey caramel, chocolate chips and pecans. Turtle Brownies are a decadent dessert the whole family will love!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies

Ingredients 

For the brownies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup pecans chopped

For the topping:

  • 11 ounce caramel bits
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
  • ½ cup semi-sweet morsels
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and add in chocolate chips and sugar.
  • Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add in eggs, one at a time, stirring completely after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Using big strokes, stir in JUST until mixed and no longer see dry ingredients. DO NOT BEAT OR OVER STIR. Gently fold in pecans.
  • Pour batter into dish.
  • In a small glass microwave safe bowl, add caramel bits with heavy whipping cream. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each set, until smooth. Drizzle melted caramel over brownies, using a knife to swirl into the batter. Top with additional pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, allowing to cool COMPLETELY before cutting.

Notes

  • These can be made in ONE bowl. Whether you use a medium sized saucepan, or microwave safe large bowl…clean up is a breeze!
  • I use semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips in my brownies, use what you have on hand! You can even toss some in at the end to make them chocolate chip brownies! Or toss in some walnuts for some nutty brownies!
  • LINE your baking dish with parchment paper (or foil). Not only does it make clean up easier, but you can just lift your brownies out of the pan and cut them!
  • DO NOT OVER STIR. When you add in the dry ingredients, use slow but big stirs to incorporate the dry into the wet. Just when you see no more dry, STOP STIRRING!
  • Want to eat them sooner? Chill them in the refrigerator so they are easier to cut. Want to make a brownie ice cream sundae? Eat them warm!
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 376kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 141mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 39g
    Course: Brownies and Bars
    Cuisine: American
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    Turtle Brownies take a a delicious dessert (brownies) and make them even better by adding caramel and pecans! No one can resist this delicious and indulgent dessert filled with chocolate and nuts.

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    Posted on July 20, 2021

    Comments & Reviews

    1. The only way for me to have nuts in my brownies is with caramel, only natural really. These look absolutely stunning, the caramel dripping down…ugh!

    2. OMG, these look outrageous! I’m a nut for “turtle” everything (no pun intended!) and these are seriously calling my name. What a great fall treat!

    3. Look at all the gooey, fudgy goodness happening with these brownies! Total pecan overload, in a very good way! And thanks for the FYI on the contest. I definitely have a few recipes I need to enter : )

    4. Lord help me, I need a great brownie recipe with nuts! I love this! And I’ve been using Fisher nuts as long as I can remember. Every year, my Mama makes pecan pie using their nuts. I didn’t even know there were other brands! 😉

    5. You know I actually tend to be the no-nuts-in-my-brownies kind of girl, BUT when it’s nuts and gooey caramel and chocolate…well…I think I can happily make an exception. 😉 These look decadent and wonderful, Aimee!

    6. I’m an adamant nuts-in-brownies fan as well- and I can only imagine how good these turtle brownies are!

    7. I already have self control with issues with nuts (think cocoa almonds:) and these brownies look incredible! The layers sound simple, yet decadent, and can caramel and brownies ever go wrong? I bet this pan was gone fast and deservedly so!

    8. I’m a bit like your hubby but I can make exceptions and I good gladly scoff these especially as it has caramel

    9. I like brownies with everything 😀 I can’t understand how can somebody be so picky about brownies and don’t like brownies with nuts 😀

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