Turtle Brownies take regular chocolate brownies to the next level with the addition of pecans, soft caramels, and chocolate chips!
Summer is in full swing, and along with it backyard BBQs, pool parties, and picnics. This time of year I’m always looking for a new easy dessert recipe to please a crowd! Cookies are a safe bet, and brownies are even better. I have yet to have someone turn down a brownie, especially an insanely indulgent one!
These Turtle Brownies are next-level gooey, but if that’s not your thing, no worries because I give easy instructions on how to yield more firmly set brownies.
The Best Insanely Gooey Turtle Brownies
As you can see from the photos, these brownies are over-the-top insanely gooey! And these photos were taken the next day after the brownies had set overnight! (Pro Tip: Always let gooey brownies set overnight before even attempting to cut them.)
I made these brownies super gooey at a friend’s request. However, I realize that not everyone enjoys their brownies fudgy to the extreme like this. Luckily, it’s easy to make these brownies a bit more set. Keep all ingredients the same, but bake them longer! Yup, that’s all you have to do. I recommend starting with 5 minutes longer and then checking them regularly for your desired level of doneness after that. But keep in mind that if you cook brownies until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, they are likely to be overcooked and/or dry!
How to Make Turtle Brownies
Let’s first talk about what “turtle” means. In terms of sweet treats, “turtles” are a candy consisting of pecans and caramel coated in chocolate. They look like little turtles, which is where the name comes from! In this recipe, I simulate the flavor of classic turtle candy.
Ingredients to Make Turtle Brownies
- Unsalted butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- All-purpose flour
- Soft caramels
- Chocolate chips
Method to Make Turtle Brownies
I make these brownies the same way I make most classic brownies, except I add in pecans, soft caramels, and chocolate chips for “turtle” flavor! Here’s how to do it:
- Melt the butter. Whisk in the sugar, followed by the eggs, vanilla and salt.
- Sift in the cocoa powder and flour, and stir just to combine.
- Stir in any mix-ins (here, pecans, soft caramels, and chocolate chips).
- Spread the batter into an 8 by 8-inch pan and bake at 325F for 20 to 25 minutes (or until they reach your desired level of doneness).
- Cool completely, and then cut and enjoy!
Can I Make Turtle Brownies Ahead of Time?
Yes! In fact, I recommend making these brownies the day before you want to serve them. This helps them set properly, and also lets their flavor develop. You can make these brownies up to 5 days in advance and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
More Ridiculously Decadent Chocolate Recipes:
- Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Maple Brown Butter Frosting and Hazelnut Caramel Crunch
- Soft and Chewy Cacao Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint No Bake Keto Cheesecake Bites
- Flourless Chocolate Pear Hazelnut Cake
- Baked Chocolate Custard Tarts
- Chocolate Sorbet
- Coconut Hazelnut Espresso Chocolate Keto Bark
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Preheat the oven to 325F. Line an 8 by 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
Melt the butter in a large bowl in the microwave or using a double boiler. Whisk in the sugar, and then the eggs, vanilla, and salt.
Sift in the cocoa powder and flour, and stir just to combine.
Fold in the pecans, caramels, and chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly.
Bake until the brownies are set along the outside, but still wobbly in the center, about 20 to 25 minutes (don’t overbake!).
Cool completely before cutting.
For Not So Gooey Brownies: Keep all ingredients the same, but bake them longer! I recommend starting with 5 minutes longer and then checking them regularly for your desired level of doneness after that. But keep in mind that if you cook brownies until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, they are likely to be overcooked and/or dry!
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