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brownies with caramel and a pecan on top.
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5 from 6 votes

Turtle Brownies

The perfect homemade brownie recipe full of caramel and pecans.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5


  • 2 ounces (5g) unsweetened baking chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 5 ounces (170g) semi-sweet baking chocolate , coarsely chopped, divided
  • 13 tablespoons (184g) unsalted butter , divided
  • 1 ¾ cups (350g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (10g) unsweetened cocoa powder regular or Special Dark or a combo
  • 1 cup (124g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (72g) chopped pecans
  • 1 ¼ cups caramel bits divided, see note
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 16 pecan halves


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x9” pan with cooking spray or line with foil and spray with cooking spray for easy removal.
  • Add unsweetened baking chocolate, 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, and ¾ cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter to a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  • Stir in sugar, then eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Gently stir in flour.
  • Add chopped pecans and ¾ cup caramel bits to the batter and stir. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 23-28 minutes, until a toothpick comes out 1” from the center with a few crumbs. (I like mine under done and super fudgy, so I baked them for 23 minutes. If you like them more done, go a few minutes longer.)
  • Let brownies cool completely at room temperature, then cut into 16 bars.
  • Melt 3 remaining ounces of semi-sweet chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter. (In the microwave, melt in 30 second increments, stirring between each.)
  • Melt ¼ cup caramel bitswith milk in 30 second increments, stirring between each.
  • Spoon about ¼-½ teaspoon of chocolate on each brownie and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Top with a drizzle of caramel and a pecan half. Let cool to set.
  • I don’t recommend refrigerating these to speed the chill time. The caramel will get hard if they are chilled. Store them in a covered container at room temperature.



  • I find caramel bits at Target and Walmart in the baking section.
  • If you cannot find caramel bits, you can use unwrapped and chopped Rolos or Hershey’s Caramel Kisses.
  • For an easy topping, skip using caramel bits and chocolate. Instead, just top hot brownies with a Roll and then squish the Rolo with a pecan once it melts (like these peanut butter cookies).


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg