Monday, November 14, 2011

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

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  1. yum I love those they are seriously addicting ! Do you have the tags in saying Merry Christmas 2? just curious..see ya soon

  2. oh wow those bars look amazing and i love the creative packaging you put them in! great blog too!

  3. Adorable idea. Well done, Rebecca. :)

  4. Adorable idea. Well done, Rebecca. :)

  5. Yum! I wish I was your neighbor or your best friend. I would be so happy to recieve these!

  6. Yum! I wish I was your neighbor or your best friend. I would be so happy to recieve these!

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cooking category today [15 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  8. Yum! And they look so pretty tied up with the brown paper and lace.

  9. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 8 post on Nov. 15, 2011. Thanks again.

  10. So adorable, and I'm grateful for the download, but I do wish they said Merry Christmas like the ones in the pic ;)

  11. @Marcie

    Threw together some Merry Christmas tags just for you Marcie!! :) :)

  12. @Christal
    Made some Merry Christmas tags special for you Christal!! :) :)

  13. just pinned this recipe. looking forward to making these in december. thank you for the tags as well...thinking of so many uses for them.

  14. What a delicious recipe!! Your pictures and presentation are fantastic

  15. When I clicked on the download link the tags still all say Happy Holidays. Is that just a problem on my end? Thanks!

  16. love this. i can almost smell those luscious lovelies. thank you for the great tags.

  17. I can't wait to make these! If I had pecans on hand I would be making some tonight :)

  18. love your blog, its just a treat!!!

  19. @Lynette
    I fixed the link now Lynette, sorry about that. :)

  20. wow that is so so pretty! thanks for the printables:) happy new follower!

  21. Ohhh they look so good. I really love the jar topper. A clever idea!

  22. Rebecca,

    You need to stop making such great little sweet projects ;)

    I am featuring you today in an hour or so.

    Thank you for sharing my love!

  23. Wow, these look scrumptious! Thank you for the tags!

  24. 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?

  25. They look so delicious and you did such a nice presentation!
    I would love to have you share this, or any other recipe of your at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with the chance to get a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame. Here is the link:

    Can't wait to see you there!

  26. 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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