Turtle Pecan Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 28 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 12 Bars
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Turtle Pecan Bars have the best shortbread crust topped with crunchy pecans and ooey gooey caramel. Topped with chocolate chips these bars will become a new favorite!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Pecan Bars, Pecan Bars Recipe, Turtle Pecan Bars


Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups white flour
  • 1 cup Fisher's nuts Pecan Halves


  • 1 bag (5.3 ounce) soft caramels unwrapped
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup dark (or milk or semi-sweet) chocolate chips
  • Optional: coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter in a large bowl until creamed and smooth.
  3. Add in the sugars and beat until light and fluffy (about 30 seconds). Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix.
  4. Add the flour and salt and mix until JUST combined. Don't over mix.
  5. Place the dough in the pan and gently press the dough in a firm and even layer. Top with the pecan halves (no need to press them in or anything).
  6. Bake for 18-24 minutes or until the edges are very lightly golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. Meanwhile, combine the unwrapped caramels and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until the caramel is smooth.
  9. Pour over the cooled bars in one even layer.
  10. Immediately add the chocolate chips on top of the caramel so they melt and stay in place.
  11. Allow the bars to set up completely, about 2 hours, at room temperature.
  12. Cut into the bars and top with sea salt as desired.
Nutrition Facts
Turtle Pecan Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 180mg8%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 563IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.