Turtle Brownies & happy birthday emily

Well we have another birthday to celebrate today!!ย  My blogging friend Emily from It Bakes Me Happy is having a Brownie Birthday Party!ย  I couldn’t pass up an excuse to bake brownies, so here you go…..

Turtle Brownies by cookingwithcurls.com

I made Turtle Brownies!!ย  Yes, I have already made Turtle Brownies before, but those were Turtle Sourdough Brownies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Turtle Sourdough Brownies cookingwithcurls.com

As you can see, the caramel turned out much better this time <insert happy dance>!ย  I also decided to leave off the chocolate ganache, and simply add some bittersweet chocolate chips on top.ย  Feel free to combine the best of both recipes to create your own perfect Turtle Brownies!

Turtle Brownies by cookingwithcurls.com

I actually wanted to make S’Mores Brownies, but someone else was already bring those to the party.ย  So don’t be surprised if those show up in the near future!ย  I am sure that I can sneak them in somewhere.

Please make sure that your oven is set to 325 degrees, NOT 350 degrees!ย  Why you ask?ย  Well because, 25 minutes at 350 degrees is too long, and you will over bake your brownies like I did! ๐Ÿ˜›ย  I almost always bake at 350 degrees, so I set the temperature out of habit and didn’t double check.ย  They are still quite delicious, just a little bit dry.

Happy Birthday Emily!ย  I hope you enjoy all of your brownies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Turtle Brownies

Serves 16
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Rich chocolate brownies topped with dairy-free caramel and toasted pecans make these Turtle Brownies absolutely decadent!


  • Brownies
  • 4 Ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Turtle Topping
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk (can) (shake well before opening - can substitute heavy cream)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup toasted pecans (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips


Turtle Brownies paper cookingwithcurls.com
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, making sure it goes up on all four sides. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
Turtle Brownies melt cookingwithcurls.com
In a large microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate and butter for one minute. Stir and continue heating in 15 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Turtle Brownies egg cookingwithcurls.com
Add the sugar and eggs, and beat to combine.
Turtle Brownies flour cookingwithcurls.com
Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt just until combined.
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Pour into prepared baking pan.
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Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is set. Do not overbake!
To make the Turtle Topping:
Turtle Brownies water cookingwithcurls.com
In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until sugar has dissolved. Use a wet pastry brush to wash down the sides of the pan to keep crystals from forming.
Turtle Brownies boil cookingwithcurls.com
Cook until sugar mixture is medium amber in color, about 5 - 7 minutes.
Turtle Brownies cream cookingwithcurls.com
Remove from heat and add cream/coconut milk, teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Turtle Brownies pecans cookingwithcurls.com
Stir in the pecans and stir until caramel begins to cool and thicken.
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Spread Turtle Topping over the brownies. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of hot caramel. Place in the refrigerator for one hour to help caramel set.
Turtle Brownies cut cookingwithcurls.com
Cut into 16 pieces and serve.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!



  1. says

    These look sooooo good! I’m in for anything turtle, and anything brownie, so they’re a win/win! Thanks for sharing on Sweet and Savory Sunday!

  2. says

    OH. MY. WORD. These look incredible! Would love to have you link these up to our Super Saturday Link Party going on now!


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