These Turtle Brownies are inspired by Turtles which are a very popular Holiday treat at our house and Santa always remembers to put some of those delicious chocolate, pecan and caramel clusters in my stocking every year. I have been looking for a really fudgy, chewy brownie for a while to use as a base for this cookie bar idea and I finally decided to develop one myself. I went with the idea that brownies supposedly were originally a fallen chocolate cake. In fact it is normal for these brownies to fall in the middle after baking. I simply trim the crisp sugary top edge right off the brownies before frosting or topping with the caramel, pecans and chocolate as in this recipe. I love the trimmed top edges so much I try to trim them when nobody else is around so that I don’t have to share them.
The caramel layer is a cooked stove top version using sweetened condensed milk. A candy thermometer is very helpful to make sure that the caramel reaches 220 degrees F for the perfect soft chewy consistency. These freeze quite well and are sure to be the hit of any get together at any time of the year.
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/3 cup good quality cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup butter
Remove from heat and stir in
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 square (1 ounce) melted unsweetened bakers chocolate
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 10 oz (300 ml) can sweetened condensed milk ( I’ve used Eagle Brand Dulce De Leche condensed milk here for great caramel color)
Bring back to a slow boil over medium low heat. and cook stirring continuously for another 15-20 minutes until the mixture darkens slightly and thickens. It should reach no more than 220 degrees on a candy thermometer or the caramel will harden. If you don’t have a candy thermometer use the ice water test. Drop a 1/2 tsp of the mixture into ice water, If it forms a soft ball that can still be pinched between your fingers, it is ready. Remove from heat and pour into the prepared brownie base. Let cool for a few minutes before sprinkling on:
- 1 1/4 cups lightly toasted chopped pecans.
- 4 ounces melted chocolate
Let the caramel set up completely before cutting into squares or bars.