Turtles #SundaySupper


Turtles – a homemade candy of pecans and gooey caramel topped with chocolate!

Turtles - a homemade candy of pecans and gooey caramel topped with chocolate!

Tis’ the season for cookies, candy, and all things sugar.  And today is no different.  I am excited to be part of #SundaySupper this weekend.  This is the “Ultimate Cookie Exchange”, over 50 great recipes for amazing holiday treats.    I have to admit, I had a hard time with this one.  There are just so many different cookies I want to make this year.  And, I actually have a real life cookie exchange to go to tonight!

Turtles - a homemade candy of gooey caramel, pecans and chocolate

I decided to make these Turtle candies.  They have always been a staple in our house growing up.  They were not homemade though.  There was a store that was only open at Christmas time that had so many different candies, and this was one my family always bought.  Well, I no longer live there, and they are no longer in business.  It seemed like it was time to get busy in the kitchen with my own version.

Homemade Turtles - pecans, caramel and chocolate!

These are really easy to make, and you can make as few or as many as you like.  Plus, they don’t actually involve baking.  So for all of you non-bakers out there, this one is for you!  If you want to go all out, you could make your own homemade caramel sauce, but I didn’t go that far.  Caramel and me, at altitude have not become friends yet.  Some day…..

Tonight at 7pm EST we are hosting our weekly #SundaySupper chat.  This week we have the honor of having Janet Keeler, editor of the book Cookielicious, join us.  We will be giving away 5 copies of the book, Cookielicious, during the chat, just in time for holiday baking!

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Gooey Caramel over Toasted Pecans and Covered in Chocolate

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 30 pecan halves, toasted (makes enough for 10 Turtles)
  • 18 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 Tbls milk or cream
  • 6-8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp shortening


  1. Arrange pecans on a baking sheet. You will place 3 pecans in each cluster, in the shape of a "y".
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt the caramel and the milk together. Microwave at 50% power for 45 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Once fully melted, spoon caramel over the pecans. Make sure to kind of spread it around, so they all stick together once cooled. Let the caramel set up for about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and the shortening together. If using a microwave follow the same technique as the caramel. Spoon melted chocolate over the caramel and the pecans. You can leave a little bit of the pecans sticking out (they are the feet and head of the turtle). Let the chocolate set before serving.


**The nuts were sent to me from Oh!Nuts.  I was not compensated in any way, and the opinions are 100% my own.**

The Sunday Supper Favorite Cookie Exchange Cookies:

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  1. So many delicious treats. Have fun :)

  2. No baking is such a plus with these, especially here where the holidays are very hot!

  3. Oh yes, we will be making these! Thank you SO much for sharing!

  4. This is probably the only #SundaySupper by my own heart – so many cookies I’ve seen since this morning. LOVE!!
    Your turtles are so cute!

  5. These are so cute, they really do look like turtles!

  6. What a lovely treat!

  7. I love, love, love turtles. Pecans, caramel, and chocolate together is just bliss!

  8. Turtles are such classic and wonderful treats!

  9. We LOVE turtles…they are actually one of Michael’s favorite candies! He’d love it if I made a batch of these for him!!

  10. I”m saving these for a cookie exchange idea! SO easy and YUMMY!!! Happy #Sunday Supper!

  11. I love turtle anything! Yours look adorable and yummy! :)

  12. I love turtles and always had them when we lived in Chicago. These look fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

  13. These look perfect – just like a fancy chocolate shop!

  14. Oh baby! Turtles are one of my weaknesses. When I was a kid, I’d be in absolute heaven if we were gifted a box of Turtles at Christmas. Since there were four kids in my household, it’d be a fight to the death over these delicious delights. Yours look stunning!

  15. I love these! I have 2 cookie exchanges to go to this year and always have SUCH a hard time narrowing down what I want to make!

  16. I love turtles! One of my absolute favorite treats. Well done.

  17. Love that these are no-bake!

  18. It was the same way in my house growing up…my dad loved turtles, so we’d always run up to the local candy shop and get a bunch. I adore them, as well. And now I’m craving them…yours are just beautiful!

  19. I love making homemade turtles. I love turtles period!!

  20. I’m not getting these beauties in any box at the grocery store… these are awesome!! You really make a case that homemade is best. :)

  21. These look great! I haven’t heard of them before but they are very cute. I love coating stuff in chocolate so these are perfect for my Christmas!

  22. Love, love turtles and I try to make them at this time of year to giveaway, they are beloved by so many.

  23. Turtle candies are one of the best inventions ever!

  24. I love turtles, but never think to make them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. I have plenty of toffees I don’t eat, now I know what to do whith them!

  26. I love having simple recipes like this to add to my Christmas cookie list.

  27. I didn’t know these were that easy! Great work

  28. I love turtle anything. These look amazing!

  29. These sound so simple and yummy! I bet the girls would love them.

  30. Who doesn’t LOVE a great turtle candy? Not sure I know of anyone. These look divine!!!

  31. I looooove turtles!! Yum!

  32. I never thought to make my own!! I love everything in the ingredients! Hmmm…..thanks for sharing!

  33. I’ve always loved these! Thanks for sharing this one!

  34. You can NOT go wrong with a classic like this! YUM!!!

  35. Turtles! My boyfriends favorite treat and I never once thought to make them at home. Thank you for sharing!

  36. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I haven’t had a Turtle in ages and I want to try yours-look fantastic, Erin:)

  37. This is one of my most favorite treats, so you totally have my attention! They look delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  38. Easy and tastes good is what I like. These are so cute!

  39. These look delish! So nice that you don’t have to bake them! :-)

  40. I love everything about turtles! Plus so easy to make!

  41. I adore turtles…so fun!

  42. Turtles are great ! I love the taste of them



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