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Turtle Brownies

Turtle Brownies: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and place your oven rack in the center of the oven. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch (20 cm) square baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly butter the foil, or spray with a non stick cooking spray.

First, melt the chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and whisk in the sugar. Next, whisk in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Finally, stir in the flour and salt.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center has a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool while you make the caramel.

Caramel Topping: In a medium sized, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, stop stirring, and cook the mixture until it turns a golden brown (caramel) color. This will take about 10-12 minutes. Adjust the heat, as necessary, to keep the caramel at a low boil. (Swirl the pan as needed so the caramel cooks evenly.) Remove from heat and carefully whisk in the cream and vanilla (the mixture will sputter and steam so be careful). Stir in the pecans.

(Note: Alternatively, you can make an easy caramel by placing 20 unwrapped Kraft caramels (140 grams) (5 ounces) and 1/4 cup (60 ml) (60 grams) heavy whipping cream in a saucepan and melt, over low heat (stirring frequently), until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the toasted pecans, making sure all the pecans are coated with caramel.)

Pour the caramel over the still warm brownie layer, spreading evenly. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate brownies for about an hour or until the brownies are firm. When firm, remove the brownies from the refrigerator. Lift the brownies from the pan by holding the edges of the foil. Place on a cutting board.

Chocolate Topping: Place the chopped chocolate and cream in a small microwaveable bowl. Heat in the microwave until the chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth. Let cool to room temperature. Then place the melted chocolate in a small piping bag and drizzle the chocolate over the brownies. Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate has set. Then, with a sharp knife, cut into 36 small brownies.

Store, covered, in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or in the freezer for a couple of months.

Makes about 36 small brownies. Preparation time 1 hour.

Note: To toast pecans - Bake in a 325 degree F (165 degree C) oven for about 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then coarsely chop.

Turtle Brownies:

4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs (105 grams), at room temperature

3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt

Caramel Topping:

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

1/4 cup (60 ml) (90 grams) light corn syrup (or golden syrup)

2 tablespoons (25 grams) water

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt

1/4 cup (60 ml) (60 grams) heavy whipping cream (cream with a 35-40% butterfat content)

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

1 cup (100 grams) pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped

Chocolate Topping:

1 ounce (30 grams) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

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