Gooey Turtle Brownies

I don’t make brownies often, but when I get in the mood for them, I need them stat. Especially when I’ve had “one of those days”…you know, the ones where you walk in to an awning and give yourself a black eye? Oh, you’ve never done that?? Welllll, back to the brownies..

Gooey Turtle Brownies from lifeloveandcupcakes.com

I had planned on making regular brownies, but my boyfriend had the brilliant idea of turtle brownies. It may have been his best idea ever.

Gooey Turtle Brownies from lifeloveandcupcakes.com

I cheated a bit and used store bought caramels, but I’m sure homemade caramel would be absolutely wonderful on these. They’re very decadent, but in a very, very good way. I recommend a big glass of milk!

Gooey Turtle Brownies from lifeloveandcupcakes.com

I think I only technically ate two brownies from this batch. They still disappeared quickly because I found myself cutting off a sliver every time I would walk by them…oops!

Dirty Turtle Brownies
Author: Life, Love, and Cupcakes
Ingredients
  • ½-cup butter
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flower
  • 1 bag caramels
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a double boiler, melt together the butter and chocolate, then set aside and let cool.
  3. Beat together the eggs and salt until light and foamy, then gradually add in the sugar and vanilla while still beating.
  4. With a few swift strokes combine the chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar. Before the mixtures becomes uniformly colored, gently stir in the flour.
  5. Pour half of the batter a 9×13 in pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. While that is baking, melt the caramels and half-and-half in a saucepan until creamy. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped pecans.
  7. Pour half the caramel mixture over the baked brownies, followed by the rest of the brownie batter.
  8. Bake for another 25 minutes, then top with the rest of the caramel mixture. Let cool before cutting.
Notes
Brownie recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking

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