Turtle Brownie Pies

These Turtle Brownie Pies are the perfect bite for any party!

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Well, hello. Something seems strange. Is the air different? Or…maybe you have a new haircut?

Oh wait, I know what it is.

I’m posting a new recipe on a Thursday night!

I’ve decided I want to post more recipes. Because I’m not fat enough making you sugar, I want to make you more.

And that means I get to talk to you more too!

Aren’t you, like, super excited?


Anyway, I’m here for an extra day. I’m thinking mostly it’ll be recipes…but sometimes I’ll do round-ups too. Like, next week for the end of the #2weeksofpie I’m planning a massive pie round-up. It’s gonna be epic.

{I really just like saying epic.}

But wait, you cry. What about Whatever Friday?

Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere. I’m just going to post it on Friday nights instead. It might be my least viewed post of the week…but it’s my favorite one to write!

So…come visit me on Thursdays. Please? I’ll make you pie.

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I actually made these awhile ago, when I catered for my sister-in-law. I followed the recipe to a T. (I know, I couldn’t believe it either.) They were so good, I knew that even they weren’t tweaked by me, I had to share them.

Large pies are the most popular dessert for Thanksgiving, I know. Your mother-in-law would probably cringe if you showed up with cookie sized pies.


I love making a lot of dessert for Thanksgiving. Several different flavors of pie get served. If you’re like me, you want to eat every single pie. But, if you’re like me, it gets embarrasing having four slices of pie on your plate.

It, however, is totally acceptable to have two slices of pie and two cookies or mini pies. Totally.

So if your MIL flips out because you brought little food, just explain to her that it’s better because that way people can trick themselves into thinking they can eat more dessert. And they won’t miss a bite of her awesome mincemeat pie she serves every year.

{BTW, what the heck is mincemeat?}

These mini pies have a pie crust, are baked with pecans and carmel under the brownie, and then topped with ganache and more caramel. They were a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off for a reason, yo!

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Make them. You must. They are beyond deliciously amazing. They will win you favors with your in-laws. I promise.


Turtle Brownie Pies

Recipe from Pillsbury


  • 1 bag (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts (from one box)
  • 1/2 cup pecans , finely chopped
  • 1 box (15.9 ounces) brownie mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, microwave the caramels and 1/4 cup of cream on HIGH for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Cool 30 minutes.
  3. Unroll the pie crusts and, using a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut 18 rounds from each crust, rerolling the dough as necessary. Gently press each round into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin pan. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of pecans in the bottom of each cup, on top of the prepared crust. Spoon 1/2-1 teaspoon of caramel over the pecans. (The crusts will be about 1/2 full.) Reserve the remaining caramel.
  4. Stir brownie mix, oil, water, and egg in a medium bowl until smooth. Spoon 1 level tablespoon of brownie batter into each crust cup. Bake 18-24 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the edge of the brownie comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then run a knife around the edges to loosen and carefully remove from cups. Cool completely.
  5. Make ganache by melting chocolate chips and remaining 1/4 cup cream in a microwave safe bowl on HIGH for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Stir in corn syrup and spoon ganache over tops of cooled brownie pies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until the ganache has set.
  6. Microwave the remaining caramel mixture until smooth and pourable. Spoon over the top of each pie. Or, place in a ziploc bag with the tip cut off and pipe in a criss-cross decorative pattern. Let set. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Like Turtles? Check out these cookies – you’ll want to make them too!




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  1. I’M super excited!! More recipe posts = more deliciousness. These look out of control good.

  2. Oh me, oh my. These need to happen to my face like ASAP. So funny because on Saturday I have a post for a turtle capookie 🙂 we’re on the same brainwave (not surprisingly). Also, I love your new idea to post more–yayyayayayaya! I’m actually contemplating getting rid of my Friday roundup too. Gah, it’s my least favorite post but I like your Friday posts!!

  3. Now here I thought I was purely a fruit pie lover – and then you went and changed my mind. These looks crazy good:)

  4. MORE food posts? Ahh! I won’t be able to handle it. What will you do with all the desserts???
    Boxed brownie mix makes the best desserts…

  5. OMG Dorothy. I NEED THESE PIES!!!!!!!! Apple pie is my number one – i love all fruit pies but I honestly think that if I make these, I may turn tot he other side – chocolate pies! And the pics!! I love them 🙂 Esp that last one close up that you took a bite out of – drooooool.

  6. Has anyone tried these? I’ve always made the pecan tassies with the cream cheese crust. Would the cream cheese crust work here with the turtle brownie as we’ll as the regular crust? Want to try these but I would like to hear from someone who has already made them.

    • I’ve made the pecan tassies with the cream cheese crust (and other mini pies too) and think that crust would go great with these turtle brownies. Save me a few… :}
      Dorothy’s Mom

  7. These look dangerous. And they are little, which means I’d probably eat like ten!!

  8. Pie crust show off 🙂 I’m kidding. Kinda. These look amazing, and pretty, and totally delicious!

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  10. Thank goodness Whatever Friday isn’t going anywhere!! Can we promote that post somewhere?? It makes me so happy!

  11. Holy heavens, woman! This is SO my kind of pie! You know I have an obsession with brownies, and ganache is seriously my favorite food. Must. Eat. These. Now.

  12. These are perfect for a party! Definitely keeping this recipe in mind for the holiday season!

  13. Dorothy! I love these mini pies…among other reasons, so that I can eat a dozen of ’em and not feel guilty (’cause bite-sized doesn’t count, especially during the holidays). These look so yummy and gooey!

  14. You are killing me!!! = ) but I love dying this way!

  15. These look so easy with prepared ingredients! You’re making me crave turtle stuff!

  16. I agree with you completely! Multiple mini desserts on your plate is WAY more acceptable than multiple full size pieces. I am glad I am not the only one who justifies my dessert plate that way : )

  17. Seriously. What IS mincemeat??

    Also. It appears you know my mother-in-law well… haha 😉

    These look divine. Great idea!

  18. OH MY! These look heavenly!

  19. Holy moly, I have GOT to make these for the holidays.

  20. These look dangerously delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing this and other recipies!!! I am definitely going to give these a try. 🙂

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  22. I would love to make these for the December holidays. I know I will have jarred carmel sauce left over from Thanksgiving. Do you think I could use it for the carmel portion of this recipe?

  23. Ok I just made these for tomorrow. I can’t wait until tomorrow to try these. Well, truthfully, I probably won’t wait until tomorrow to try one. You have to sample before you bring a dish, right?

  24. Okay, lovely recipe and darling pictures and now my stomach is growling! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  25. Your blog is so dangerous. I need to work out more for sure! I must make these asap!

  26. Ohhhh!!!!!!!! I want these right now!! It’s been a long day and I haven’t had dinner and…um…yes…little chocolate pies sound like the perfect dinner…even if it is a bit naughty. 😉 I might have to wait until tomorrow, though…it looks like there’s a lot of cooling time involved, so I’m pinning this. I just discovered your site and am your newest follower. I’m off to check out more recipes!

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  28. These look FANTASTIC

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