Monday, November 12, 2012

Turtle Bars




Leave it to a church lady to take something as complicated as a turtle and turn it into a tasty bar cookie.  Church ladies are the queens of the bar cookie and this one is no exception.  All of the flavor of a turtle in about 1/10 of the time.  My only complaint is that the bars were a bit challenging to cut.  Were I to make them again, I would use pecan pieces instead of whole pecan halves and I would reduce the baking time by a few minutes.  I have reflected these changes in the recipe below.

Turtle Bars adapted from the WHFM Cookbook

Crust 
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Mix together butter, brown sugar and flour.  Press into the bottom of an greased 9x13" pan.  Sprinkle pecans over the crust

Don't do what I did, chop up your pecans for easier cutting in the end


Caramel Layer
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
 In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook butter and brown sugar.  Stir constantly until boiling.  Allow to boil for about 1 minute.  Pour  over crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Nothing like pecans bathed in caramel


Topping
  • 1 12 ounce package chocolate chips
 When bars come out of the oven, sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips.   

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