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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Great Aunt Ellen's Turtle Bars




    These turtle bars may not look like much, but they are AH-MAZING!!  Think about this, melty chocolate chips and rich caramel wrapped up in chocolaty brownie-like goodness.  Yup! It's as good as it sounds.


    This recipe comes to me by way of my Great-Aunt Ellen.  I am sure hers are much more pretty than mine... but in the end it's not the looks that matter, right?  I really need to work on my spreading thick batter over melted caramel skills!  I can never get them to look right, but I have seen it done so I do know it is possible.  But again, they are delicious no matter what!



   I made a batch for our chili cook-off (which I can't wait to tell you more about) along with about a million other things.  I am me after-all and my guests need plenty of options! By the time everyone left, there was just a little plate left.  I thought it was perfect because I might have a second chance to get a couple of pictures.  Then the guys that stuck around to celebrate Matt's birthday ate them up!  I was happy they liked them so much... I guess I'll just have to make more to get more pictures!!



Ellen's Turtle Bars

Ingredients:

1 German chocolate cake mix
2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
3/4 cup butter
1 12 oz bag caramels (I used bits so I didn't have to unwrap them)
1 12 oz chocolate chips
1 cup pecans (I used half and did half with and half without)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9 x 13" pan.
  2. Stir together 1/3 cup of milk and caramels. Melt over low heat on the stove or in the microwave, stirring until smooth.  Set aside. 
  3. In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter and 1/3 cup of the milk. Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 6 minutes. 
  4. Pour melted caramel over parbaked cake.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans.
  5. Drop small dollops of batter over the top of the chocolate chips and caramel, gently spreading to smooth.  Bake for an additional 25 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting. 


29 comments:

  1. Too funny this from your aunt! My aunt Sue used to make a bar very similar to this, I remember the German chocolate cake mix sitting there well and unwrapping the caramels. Back then we didn't have bits, LOL! Now you've made me want to make these again, yummy yummy yummy!

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    1. They are totally worth unwrapping all of those caramels, but I am glad for the shortcut of melting the bits! You should totally make a batch. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Too funny this from your aunt! My aunt Sue used to make a bar very similar to this, I remember the German chocolate cake mix sitting there well and unwrapping the caramels. Back then we didn't have bits, LOL! Now you've made me want to make these again, yummy yummy yummy!

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  3. Hi Carlee, oh these sound the business! I have no idea what German cake mix is though, can it they be made with homemade chocolate cake? Melting down caramel sweets is one of my favourite 'caramel' cheats... But that's between you and me.

    xx

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    1. Hmmm... I would imagine you could get a similar effect with homemade cake, though it ends up almost more like a brownie. Do you have any chocolate cake mixes available? I have been getting away from mixes in most instances, but most people I know wouldn't be able to bake a cake without one! You continue to amaze me with things I take for granted as available everywhere that are not!

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  4. These look super easy and yummy! I have to bring a dessert this weekend, and these may just fit the bill!

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    1. They really are both! I hope you love them if you give them a try!

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  5. I think they look amazing Carlee! I could go for one (or two) right now!

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    1. Thank you! (and me too, they disappeared WAY too quickly!)

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  6. Another wonderful sweet recipe. Sigh. My waistline is doomed.

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  7. Brownies are just meant for eating not looking good in a photo. LOVE caramel and chocolate

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    1. They definitely ate well! Thank you!

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  8. I pinned these because I love every ingredient in this recipe, so I am sure they will be amazing.
    Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you!! They really are so good!

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  9. Hi Carlee, once again a really nice dessert recipe. I bet these taste delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a wonderful week. :)
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you, they are so rich and yummy! Have a great week, Julie!

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  10. Your Turtle Bars would be a great hit here at the cottage! Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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  11. OH CARLEE! Be still my heart- this sound so so good!

    Pinned and will make very soon.

    Linda
    BestofLongIslandandVentralFlorida

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    1. I hope you love them, Linda! I think they are amazing!

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  12. This is such a neat recipe! YUM!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  13. Carlee these look terrific - I LOVE any turtle desserts! :) This post is going to be one of my features at Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #147 on Sunday - congrats! :)

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    1. Thank you, Katie!! Have a great week!

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  14. Oh yum! I've actually been craving a chocolate caramel brownie recipe and working on a recipe! Next to chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate and caramel is one of my most favorite combinations. In fact, I usually have a small piece of dark chocolate with caramel every night for dessert 😀 I think these look pretty delicious Carlee!

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    1. It is hard to go wrong with chocolate and caramel, isn't it? Thanks, Jessica!

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  15. "Turtle" desserts are my favorite! These look soooo good.

    Thanks for sharing with the Tips and Tricks Link Party.

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    1. They rank up there for me too! Thank you!

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