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Turtle Brownies

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Well we have another birthday to celebrate today!! My blogging friend Emily from It Bakes Me Happy is having a Brownie Birthday Party! I couldn’t pass up an excuse to bake brownies, so I decided to bake up some rich and decadent Turtle Brownies!!

Rich chocolate brownies topped with dairy-free caramel and toasted pecans make these Turtle Brownies absolutely decadent! cookingwithcurls.com

Yes, I have already made Turtle Brownies before, but those were Turtle Sourdough Brownies! 😉

These Turtle Sourdough Brownies are tangy from the sourdough, so I topped with a rich caramel and pecan turtle topping to balance them out! cookingwithcurls.com

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

How to make Turtle Brownies:

To make the Brownies:

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.

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.

Add the sugar and eggs, and beat to combine.

Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt just until combined.

Pour into prepared baking pan…..

Brownie batter in a parchment lined baking pan cookingwithcurls.com

Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is set. Do not over bake!

To make the Turtle Topping:

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.

Cook until sugar mixture is medium amber in color, about 5 – 7 minutes.

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…..

Add the coconut cream to the caramelized sugar in a saucepan cookingwithcurls.com

Stir in the pecans and stir until caramel begins to cool and thicken.

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…..

Add chocolate chips to the Turtle Brownies in the pan cookingwithcurls

Cut into 16 pieces and serve.

Turtle Brownies by cookingwithcurls.com

More delicious brownie recipes:

S’mores Brownies

Hazelnut Brownies

Galactic Brownies

Skillet Brownies for Two

Peppermint Boozy Brownies

Enjoy!!

Rich chocolate brownies topped with dairy-free caramel and toasted pecans make these Turtle Brownies absolutely decadent! cookingwithcurls.com

Turtle Brownies

Rich chocolate brownies topped with dairy-free caramel and toasted pecans make these Turtle Brownies absolutely decadent!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dairy-free, recipe, lactose-free, caramel, coconut, pecans, dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 6 Tablespoons non-dairy butter cut into pieces - or coconut oil
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Turtle Topping

  • cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup full fat coconut milk can (shake well before opening - can substitute heavy cream)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup toasted pecans chopped
  • ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips I used bittersweet

Instructions

To make the Brownies:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the sugar and eggs, and beat to combine.
  • Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt just until combined.
  • Pour into prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is set. Do not over bake!

To make the Turtle Topping:

  • 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.
  • Cook until sugar mixture is medium amber in color, about 5 - 7 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the pecans and stir until caramel begins to cool and thicken.
  • 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.
  • Cut into 16 pieces and serve.

Notes

If you do not need dairy-free Turtle Brownies:
  • substitute unsalted butter for the non-dairy butter
  • substitute heavy cream for the coconut milk

Nutrition

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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29 Comments

  1. I saved these on Bloglovin. They look so good. I’m at work and the girls in the office went crazy over them. So i’ll be making them soon.

  2. 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!

  3. Wow!!! I love the look of these brownies especially with the topping. Yummy! Definitely will be trying a batch of these the next time there is a gathering. Otherwise I will probably finish them all myself.
    Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

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

  5. Lisa, these brownies look awesomely addictive! YUM! Nice to see you at the Foodie Friday Link Party. Just popping by to say hi and see what you’re up to. Deb @ Kneaded Creations

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