Pecan Turtle Bars

Pecan Turtle Bars

Virginia Willis

"What's not to love about buttery shortbread and pecans paired with rich, dark chocolate and topped with salty caramel? This easy turtle bar recipe is best with a gourmet finishing sea salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel, for best texture and flavor. "
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Ingredients

3 h servings 134 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 134 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 7.7 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.7g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 29 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. To prepare crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper, allowing it to slightly overhang opposite edges.
  2. Beat butter, oil and sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until creamy and well combined; scrape down the sides. With the mixer on medium, beat in vanilla and salt. With the mixer on low, beat in flour until just combined. (The mixture will be crumbly.) Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake, rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through, until the shortbread just starts to color around the edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and prick the surface with a fork. (This is important: it helps the chocolate bind to the crust.) Turn off the oven.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the warm crust. Return the pan to the hot (but turned-off) oven until the chocolate melts, about 3 minutes. Smooth the chocolate with a spatula. Cool on a wire rack until the chocolate is set, refrigerating if desired.
  5. To prepare caramel sauce: Combine 1 cup sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the syrup turns a light golden brown, 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually add evaporated milk. (Use caution as you add the milk: the syrup will vigorously bubble in the pan.) Add 1/4 cup butter, vanilla and pinch of salt; whisk until smooth. Set aside until still warm enough to spread, but not hot enough to melt the chocolate layer. (If the caramel becomes too cool to spread easily, reheat it over low, stirring frequently.)
  6. To assemble & top: Spread the caramel over the chocolate. Sprinkle with pecans, gently pressing them into the caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt. Let stand until the caramel is completely set, refrigerating if desired.
  7. To serve, run a knife around the edge of the pan. Using the parchment paper, lift the whole panful out and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 36 bars.

Footnotes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Equipment: Parchment paper
  • [EW-IMPORT][Ingredients]Crust 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips Caramel Sauce 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup low-fat evaporated milk 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt Topping 3/4 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped and toasted 1/8 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • [EW-IMPORT][Steps]1. To prepare crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper, allowing it to slightly overhang opposite edges. 2. Beat butter, oil and sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until creamy and well combined; scrape down the sides. With the mixer on medium, beat in vanilla and salt. With the mixer on low, beat in flour until just combined. (The mixture will be crumbly.) Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. 3. Bake, rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through, until the shortbread just starts to color around the edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and prick the surface with a fork. (This is important: it helps the chocolate bind to the crust.) Turn off the oven. 4. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the warm crust. Return the pan to the hot (but turned-off) oven until the chocolate melts, about 3 minutes. Smooth the chocolate
  • [EW-IMPORT][RecipeText]Pecan Turtle Bars Active: 45 minutes Total: 3 hours To make ahead: Store in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Equipment: Parchment paper What's not to love about buttery shortbread and pecans paired with rich, dark chocolate and topped with salty caramel? This easy turtle bar recipe is best with a gourmet finishing sea salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel, for best texture and flavor. Crust 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips Caramel Sauce 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup low-fat evaporated milk 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt Topping 3/4 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped and toasted 1/8 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1. To prepare crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch
  • [EW-IMPORT][Nutrition]Calories 134, Fat 8g (sat 3g), Cholesterol 9mg, Carbs 17g, Total sugars 11g (added 9g), Protein 1g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 29mg, Potassium 24mg.
  • [MACRO]{"PublicationHubId":"0","PublicationTitle":"EatingWell Magazine November/December 2014"}
  • [EW-IMPORT][ServingSize]1 bar
  • [EW-IMPORT][ServingActual]3 dozen bars, 1 1/4 by 2 inches
  • [EW-IMPORT][AddedSugar]9
  • [EW-IMPORT][CarbServings]1
  • [EW-IMPORT][Exchanges]1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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Wonderfully delicious! Pros: Sweet, Salty, Low Calorie Cons: Tricky to not get caramel to melt the chocolate layer

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