This is a tried and true recipe !! if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, you cannot go wrong here. This is the way my mother always made it, just give it a shot it won’t fail you! These three-ingredient turtles are probably the easiest and cutest dessert you’ll ever make.
If you’re not experienced turtles, their pecans with caramel poured on top and chocolate on top. To make the candies seem like turtles, in the end, you require 5 pecan halves. So, in a nutshell, lovely and delectable. What’s more, the nicest thing about these turtle candies is that they’re gluten-free. They’re prepared in a microwave oven. Microwave, to be precise. There’s no need for an oven. On the burner, there’s no beautiful caramel sauce. Although, if you’re feeling that way, you could go that path. I did, however, have caramel chunks on hand, which worked well in my microwave. So we’re talking dessert in under ten minutes. That’s something I’m all about. simple and easy ! My whole family loves this recipe so much. If it were for them, I’d be making this every day! Give it a shot, you’ll love it!To Make this Recipe You’ Will Need the following ingredients:
▢6 tablespoons salted butter
▢1/2 cup light-brown sugar , packed
▢1/2 cup granulated sugar
▢1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
▢1/2 cup light corn syrup
▢1/2 tsp vanilla extract
▢2 cups pecans
▢16 oz high quality chocolate (I prefer Ghirardelli or bakers brand)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread pecans out onto a baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes, stirring once, until toasted and fragrant (but not burned!). (Alternately, you can heat them in a hot skillet stirring constantly until they are fragrant, about 5 minutes.)
Once cooled, roughly chop the pecans and set aside.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner. Set aside.
Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave until melted.
Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and corn syrup and stir well to combine. Fill a small cup with ice and water and set aside.
Return bowl to microwave and cook mixture on HIGH power for 5 to 6 minutes*.
Use hot pads to carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. Spoon a small spoonful of the caramel into the bowl of ice water. Use your fingers to pinch the caramel—it should come together into a soft ball. If it wont come together to form a ball in your fingers, return it to the microwave for an additional 30 seconds, and test again..
Stir vanilla into hot caramel. Stir in chopped pecans.
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet to create individual mounds of caramel candy. (I usually get about 20, but you can make the candies as small or large as you like). Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.
Reserve a handful of chopped chocolate off to the side and melt the rest in a double boiler (I just place a large heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water), or in the microwave in a heat proof bowl, stirring every 20 seconds until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate that you set aside (this will temper the chocolate to help it set up better).
Drop a cluster into the melted chocolate and use a fork to coat it all over. Lift the cluster up with a fork, and tap it several times to allow excess chocolate to fall through the tines of the fork, into the bowl. Place dipped clusters on the parchment paper to set up. Allow to set up in the fridge.
Store turtles in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.