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Homemade Pecan Turtles

by Laura

I’m so excited!  I’ve never made turtles before, and after paying way too much money for them over the years, I finally decided to just make them…they couldn’t be that hard, right?  And they’re INCREDIBLY EASY!  I read a few recipes, and then I picked Joan Konnad’s brain when she took me to a local bakery supply store (more on that below).  Finally, I just decided to wing it, and I’m thrilled with the results! 

Pecan Turtles

3 c chopped pecans

16 oz caramel

12 oz chocolate, melted (I used dark)

On lined cookie sheet, place chopped pecans in single layer.img_4127  Cut caramel into desired size and place in rows on top of pecans, leaving plenty of space so caramels do not melt together. img_4130

I used a brick of caramel from a bakery supply store and cut these pieces about twice the size of Kraft caramels for a special event.  When I make these for my family, however, I’ll just cut smaller pieces or to match the Kraft size.img_4132

Bake in 200 degree oven for about three minutes, or until caramels are just melted.  img_4135

Drop one teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of caramels and spread gently over caramels with back of spoon.  Refrigerate until completely hardened, about thirty minutes.  Remove to serving tray.  If storing or placing in layers, make sure to place parchment paper between layers, as caramel melts through to the bottom, and they get very sticky.

You’ll have lots of leftover pecans.  I’m not one to waste good pecans, so I stored mine in the hopes of being surprised by a touch of chocolate in my oatmeal some mornings!  Enjoy!

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Now, if you’re a Twin Cities local, make sure you check out Lynn’s Cake & Candy Supplies in Fridley.  The store is amazing!  This is where I bought the brick of caramel for the turtles.  So much easier than unwrapping a million caramel squares, especially if you’re making a lot of them for Christmas gifts or a cookie exchange.img_3705

They have six aisles of cake toppers and supplies, two aisles of sprinkles, every type of candy wrapper, bag and box, and a huge supply of high quality chocolates to meet all your sweet tooth needs!  They also had a big selection of extracts, cooking and baking tools.  I even saw glycerin, if you want to follow Melessa’s tips to preserve any leaves next year.img_3703

And their staff members are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.  They are not just doing a job.  They really know and love their craft!img_3704

I ALWAYS use Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate for my truffles, so I was hesitant to buy some of theirs but definitely curious.  A staff member offered to let me sample any chocolates I wanted to try, and also offered his own opinions and experiences with different brands.  It was so helpful for someone like me who knows very little, but has very firm opinions on what little I do know! 🙂  Do you have a favorite go-to place for your baking supplies?  Let us know in the comments below!

And make sure you subscribe today before noon to be entered in Our Favorite Things giveaway.  This box is full of goodies for the foodies out there!  We’ll announce the winner tomorrow.  Good luck!christmasgiveaway2016

 

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    Anonymous
    December 6, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I was going to make turtles this year for my neighbors! I usually go every other year. Can’t wait to try this way to make them. L and I could go crazy in a store like that!

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