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turtle cookie bars in squares

Butter Pecan Turtle Cookie Bars

  • Author: Lynette
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Combine chocolate, pecans, and a simple homemade caramel filling over a shortbread base to get these delicious turtle cookie bars! Packed with flavor and easy to make in your 9×13 pan!


  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup firmly pack brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Cup whole pecans
  • 1 Cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup softened butter.  Mix at medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until well mixed.  Pat firmly into greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle pecans over the crust.  Set aside.
  3. In a heavy saucepan combine 1/2 cup packed brown sugar with 2/3 cup butter.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the entire surface starts to boil.  Let boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  4. Pour the caramel mixture evenly over pecans and crust.
  5. Bake for 18-22 minutes at 350˚ F or until the caramel is bubbly.  Remove from oven.
  6. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Allow the chips to melt (2-3 minutes) and then swirl into the caramel.  Cool completely before serving.


Make-Ahead and Freeze: This recipe is great when made ahead of time. Make as directed. When fully cool, cut into squares and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Caramel Layer: Make sure the entire surface is boiling before counting to one minute. Also, make sure to stir constantly throughout the entire process.

Chocolate Chips: Don’t spread the chocolate chips when melted. Instead, swirl them with a knife or toothpick so you can see both the caramel and the chocolate.


  • Serving Size: 1 square cookie
  • Calories: 101
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 2.7
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 11.3
  • Protein: .8
  • Cholesterol: 15.8

Keywords: butter pecan turtle cookies, turtle cookie bars