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Turtle Shortbread Bars

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Turtle Shortbread Bars are simple yet gourmet.  With only 5 ingredients they whip together quickly.  Perfect for any dinner party, Christmas or get together and kid approved!

Turtle Shortbread Bars - Main image for recipe


Do you love chocolate?

Who are we kidding?

Of course you do, or else you wouldn’t be here!

A few of my favorite foodie friends and I decided to do a small chocolate challenge together.

This is how it works:

We each create a recipe which include the ingredient of chocolate!

{Skip to the bottom of the post if you want to see what everyone made!}


Turtle Shortbread Bars - shortbread crust in pan, not baked


You’d think this would be an easy challenge, because you can put chocolateon or in anything!

However, I’ve completely over thought this entire challenge.

My first thought was that this was going to be the most simple of all round ups.

But I just couldn’t decide on what to make.

Do I post Puppy Chow Chex Mix  or Classic No Bake Cookies?

Neither!  Though delicious, both seemed to simple for this challenge.


Turtle Shortbread Bars - pecans sprinkled on top of shortbread crust, not baked


Then I went all fancy and made No Bake Coconut Cookies.

Again, didn’t seem like the right fit for this chocolate challenge.

However that darn brain of mine kept spinning.

So I made these Turtle Shortbread Bars, Fudge (a LOT of fudge trials) and two kinds of chocolate covered puff corn.

And yes, you are 100% correct that I’ve really gone off the deep end.

I should also mention that this was all during the month of November and in addition to all of this I ended up making 5 pies for Thanksgiving.

A thanksgiving that had 10 people.


Turtle Shortbread Bars - Caramel sauce poured over pecans, not baked


Don’t worry.

All of these items will one day be on the website.  Just not today.

So after all of this, and with the help of my fabulous Mother in Law, I decided to go with these Turtle Pecan Bars for the chocolate challenge.

Now before you go on thinking I’ve eaten ALL of this myself, I do have to say I’ve had the help of many to gobble this all up.

Well..most of it anyway.  I did have to sample it all.

However, there wasn’t anything I made that I didn’t enjoy.


Turtle Shortbread Bars - Just out of the oven baked bars, no chocolate


I probably enjoyed it all a little too much as I’ve officially gained weight this month and am now seriously looking into joining a gym.

Being a food blogger while staying skinny is a very hard combination to balance.

This has been a very VERY difficult thing for me to accept.

I’ve always had a high metabolism and never had to worry about what I ate.

UNTIL I turned 34.

Good grief it was like on my 34th birthday my metabolism went on vacation.


Turtle Shortbread Bars - Chocolate chips sprinkled on top of hot fresh from the oven bars


And now, a year later, for the first time in my life I’m having to consider joining a gym.

Mainly for the reason of getting out of the house.

I’ve tried working out IN my house and there are just TOO many distractions and things to do that I never stick to it.

And let’s just be honest here, since no one ACTUALLY reads all my ramblings, I’m totally terrified of joining a gym.

I have NO IDEA what to do.

I don’t even know how to turn on a treadmill or what to wear.  It’s quite embarrassing.


Turtle Shortbread Bars - chocolate chips melted and swirled on top turtle bars


I digress, sorry.

You don’t care about my obsession with chocolate and finding the right recipe or that Ive gained weight.

You only care about the recipe – as you should!

These Turtle Shortbread Bars are SO easy.

There are only 5 ingredients, and they taste amazing.

My husband claims they have a hint of toffee flavor and really you’ll just have to try them to tell me yourself what you think.


Turtle Shortbread Bars - bars cut up and stacked on a plate


These Turtle Shortbread bars have everything a Turtle candy has: pecans, caramel and chocolate.

All of these yummy things on top of a shortbread crust.

So If you love all these ingredients and love easy quick and gourmet bars, then give these a try.

They were a hit with everyone who tried them and oh so easy to make!


Yield: 20 Bars

Turtle Shortbread Bars

Turtle Shortbread Bars - bars cut up and stacked on a plate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup + 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whole pecan halves


Preheat oven to 350*F
Blend together flour, 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter until fine crumbs.
Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan.
Sprinkle pecans on top of unbaked crust.
In a saucepan combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
Boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.
Pour mixture on top of pecans.
Bake in oven for 18 - 22 minutes, until caramel layer is bubbly.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over caramel layer and let sit for 5 minutes.
with a knife, gently swirl chocolate (do not spread) to create a marbled effect.
Cool completely and cut into bars.


Turtle Shortbread Bars

Check out all the other delicious CHOCOLATE recipes below from bloggers who took part in our 30 Day Chocolate Challenge.



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Tuesday 12th of June 2018

What do they taste like, for heavn’s sake!?

Deb Griffiths

Sunday 31st of October 2021


It would be fun to also mix in some toffee chips :)


Sunday 9th of September 2018

They taste like shortbread bars with caramel, chocolate and pecans. The best way to find out it to whip up a batch. :) I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

You simply just can't go wrong with the classic turtle flavors ... and they look so amazing together in these beautiful shortbread bars. A great pick for you chocolate challenge!


Sunday 4th of December 2016

Let's join a gym together! I have NO idea what I'm doing either! These bars look great and I'd really love to give them a try!!


Saturday 10th of December 2016

Ha ha! LETS! I would love a gym buddy! Then we can look like fools together! You'll love them! They are super easy!


Friday 2nd of December 2016

I need to make this ASAP! I have a whole gallon of pecans in the freezer so this is a great recipe to make.


Saturday 10th of December 2016

Blessedbeyondcrazy, you should! A great item for a cookie exchange!

Debi at Life Currents

Thursday 1st of December 2016

Now this is what I'm talking about! These look so delicious. I bet I have everything to make them, too! Off to the kitchen I go, right now! Yum!

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