RECIPE: Chocolate Caramel Turtle Brownies
In this month’s issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, one reader shares how her “Man-Catcher Brownies” have captured the hearts of more than a few admirers. This caramel, chocolate and nut-filled dessert is reportedly so good, it’s prompted at least two proposals.
Feminists that we are, we’re calling this brownie by its historic name: Chocolate Turtle Brownies.
It’s named after the chocolate turtle confection—a caramel-pecan patty enrobed in chocolate, with four almonds, pecans or walnut pieces inserted to represent the legs of the turtle. A bit of head and tail are formed by extra chocolate runoff.
Call them turtles, man-catchers, caramel-nut brownies or make-your-work-colleagues-happy brownies: anyone who loves sweet, chocolatey snacks will love them.
The history of chocolate turtles is below.
For more chocolate caramel deliciousness, check out this Chocolate Caramel Shortbread recipe. National Chocolate Caramel Day is March 18th.
Prep time is 20 minutes, total time is 40 minutes.
Ingredients For 16 Brownies
 Make a double batch! They freeze well.
2. MELT caramels with 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk in a small saucepan, stirring mixture occasionally; set sauce aside.
3. STIR together cake mix, melted butter and remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk to form a dough. Press 1-1/3 cups of the dough into an even layer. Bake until puffed but not cooked through, about 7 minutes.
4. REMOVE from oven and pour caramel sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle chocolate chips over caramel in an even layer.
5. TOP with remaining dough, crumbled into bits and scattered. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and return to the oven. Bake until brownies are puffy and set, 10 to 11 minutes more. Cool completely and cut into squares.
THE HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE TURTLES
Candy historians trace chocolate-caramel-pecan turtles candies to the 1930s. A caramel nut patty originally made from chocolate, caramel and pecans, it evolved to use a choice of other nuts, including almonds, cashews, macadamias and walnuts.
Other names for the confection include pecan patties and caramel pecan patties (made without the “feet”) and katydids.
Turtles can be enrobed in dark, milk or white chocolate, the latter of which can be painted with colored cocoa butter to resemble an actual turtle shell.
The mix of flavors has been adapted to cakes, cookies and ice cream—and to this brownie recipe.