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Turtle Shortbread Bars

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!

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Turtle Shortbread Bars
Turtle Shortbread Bars
Turtle Shortbread Bars
Turtle Shortbread Bars

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.  We’d each create a recipe which included the ingredient of chocolate!  {Skip to the bottom of the post if you want to see what everyone made!}

Sounds easy right?  Wrong.  I’ve completely over thought this entire challenge.  


Turtle Shortbread Bars


My first thought was that this was going to be the most simple of all round ups.  But I just couldn’t decide.

Do I post Muddy Buddy Chex Mix?  Or how about classic no bake cookies?  Naw…too simple.  So then I went all fancy and made no bake coconut cookies.  

Then that darn brain of mine kept spinning and then I made these Turtle Shortbread Bars, fudge (a LOT of fudge trials) and two kinds of chocolate covered puff corn.  


Turtle Shortbread Bars


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. 

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.


Turtle Shortbread Bars


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 friends, teachers, mail woman and even a fire station help me gobble this all up.

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

There wasn’t anything I made that I didn’t enjoy.  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.


Turtle Shortbread Bars


My line of work and staying skinny are a very hard combination to balance.  

This is 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.  

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.  


Turtle Shortbread Bars


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. 

I digress, sorry.  You don’t care about my obsession with chocolate and finding the right recipe that I’ve gained weight. You care about the recipe – as you should!

So these Turtle Shortbread Bars are SO easy.  There are only 5 ingredients, and they taste amazing.  


Turtle Shortbread Bars


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. 

These Turtle Shortbread bars have everything a Turtle candy has.  Pecans, caramel and chocolate.  All on top of a shortbread crust.

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!


Turtle Shortbread Bars


Turtle Shortbread Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 20 Bars


  • 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


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



Turtle Shortbread Bars

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