Monday, January 31, 2011

Turtle Brownies

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The other night, my husband requested some kind of a chocolate dessert.  Then he said, "Mmmmm make those dark chocolate brownies!"  Just a side note, there aren't many things sexier than a man who loves and appreciates chocolate!  ;-)  Unfortunately, I went to my pantry and realized that I was out of powdered sugar to make the icing. :-( Then I started thinking about what else I could top the brownies with and thought, "Duh!  Turtles!" So I got online and found a recipe for caramel topping on cdkitchen.  I couldn't wait for my chewy gooey brownies!  Turns out, they were a huge success.  James and I ate them until we were grossed out with ourselves.  The recipe makes a ton (OK, not a ton...but 3 cups) of caramel so I was able to save some of it and make more turtle brownies for the Bible study that meets at our house.  Trust me on this, you will NOT be disappointed.      

Turtle Brownies
Prep Time: 25 Minutes; Cook Time: 25 Minutes; Ready in 50 minutes; Serves 16

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Grease and flour and 8 inch square pan.
  • In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter.  Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder.  Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.  Do not overcook.
  • While brownies are baking, prepare the caramel topping. (recipe below)
  • Pour 1 - 1 1/2 cups of caramel over the brownies.  
  • Sprinkle with chocolate chips (I used minis) & chopped pecans.
  • Allow to cool about 5-10 minutes and serve!  (A scoop of ice cream wouldn't hurt.) ;-)

Caramel Topping
Cook time <30 minutes Makes 3 cups
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup Karo syrup (It doesn't have high fructose corn syrup any more!)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Combine sugar and syrup. Cook until soft ball stage (220-225°), stirring until it begins to boil. Remove from heat. 
  • Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
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  1. Oh those brownies would make anyone happy. Who could ever resist anything so indulgent, not I. I hope you'll come by and link these up at Sweets for a Saturday #2.

  2. That was a great idea...caramel sounds perfect!

  3. Those look so yummy!!! Cannot wait to try them :)

  4. Oh mama! Now that's calling my name. Looks absolutely heavenly!!!

  5. I'm not sure how caramel relates to turtles but I'm guessing it's an American thing lol!

    They definitely look really good and oh-so-gooey! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    I'm also taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop and that's how I found your blog.

  6. You won the Flower clip at Making the World Cuter Monday from Liv 'N Chic.
    Please email me your email address, so that I can send it over to her! Congrats-and thanks!
    tiffhewlett at yahoo dot com

  7. @ Lisa - They made ME very happy. =)
    @Laurie - Thanks! They are wonderful.
    @Kristen - Be sure to let me know what you think!
    @Erin - Heavenly would be accurate.
    @Aurelia - LOL! I never thought about turtles being an American thing. Here's a link to what they are:
    @Tiff - Yipppeeeeeee! I'm so excited!

  8. What an absolutely decadant dessert - I love that you made the brownies into turtles - my dh would go bonkers for these! Thanks for linking this to the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  9. Love it! I have some whisky sauce in the fridge from my last batch of chocolate bread pudding (I couldn't bear to throw it away)
    This might be our friday's favorite for tonight :-)

  10. Mmmn, these look decadent and so perfectly rich. One of them and a cup of coffee adn I'd truly be set! Thanks for sharing.

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