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taking a bite from one of the chocolate turtles

Easy Chocolate Turtles Recipe

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 turtles 1x


Easy chocolate turtles are delicious morsels of dark chocolate, chewy caramel, and toasted pecans.  They would make a sweet gift for friends at Christmas or Valentines Day.  Learn how to make these fun no bake treats in just a few steps!


  • 4 cups chopped pecans (453g)
  • 18 ounces soft caramels, such as Kraft (518g)
  • 2 tablespoons water (30 ml)
  • 2 cups 60% cacao chocolate chips (346g)
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt or margarita salt, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Spread the pecans on a small cookie sheet and toast at 350 F for 10-12 minutes, checking them frequently to make sure they aren't burning.  Let the pecans cool briefly.  (If you're using pecan halves, chop them into smaller pieces.)
  2. While the nuts are toasting, pour the caramels and water into a saucepan and set over medium to medium-low heat, stirring frequently until the caramels are melted and smooth.  Add additional water if the caramel is excessively thick.
  3. While the caramel is melting, fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water and bring to a gentle simmer.  Line two 9x13-inch cookie sheets with parchment paper and trace sixteen 3-inch circles on the paper.
  4. Arrange the chopped pecans in piles inside the circles.  Place a cookie cutter over each pile and swirl it gently to push in stray nuts and make the edges nice and smooth.  Spoon the melted caramel on top of the pecans, leaving a border of nuts around the edge.
  5. Pour the chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl and set over the saucepan of gently simmering water.  Be careful not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the hot water, and keep the steam away from the chocolate.  Stir occasionally until it is fully melted.
  6. Let it cool for a few minutes, then pour into a sandwich bag and snip off the tip to create a little piping bag.  Pipe a circle of chocolate on top of each turtle, leaving a border of caramel around the edge.
  7. Chill the turtles for 10 minutes, then use an angled spatula or butter knife to create a decorative swirl on top of each turtle.  Sprinkle with flaky salt if desired; then chill for another 20 minutes, or until quite firm.  Serve at room temperature to make them easier to eat.


  • Chopped pecans will toast faster than whole ones.  Watch them carefully as they toast.
  • Unwrap the caramels before you melt them.
  • Caramel hardening too soon? Place it back on medium heat and stir until melted.
  • Make your own caramel if you prefer.  Homemade caramel is easier to chew if you have braces.
  • Use milk, semi-sweet, or white chocolate instead of dark if you prefer.
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: American

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