Turtle Brownies

This Turtle Brownies recipe yields decadently thick and fudgey chocolate brownies layered with a homemade caramel sauce, pecans, and chocolate chips. These caramel turtle brownies are rich and chocolatey with the perfect crunch from the pecans. These will be your new favorite brownies to make!

Love chocolate as much as I do? Then you’ve got to try my Easy Chocolate Cake recipe and my Brownie Cookies recipe!

turtle brownies on a white plate topped with chopped pecans and chocolate chips

Turtle Brownies Recipe

I didn’t think brownies could get any better until I drizzled them with caramel sauce and topped them with chopped pecans and chocolate chips. And you all know I love my brownies! I’ve made everything from Bite Size Brownies, to Copycat Cosmic Brownies to even Skillet Brownies for Two!

These homemade Turtle Brownies are AMAZING! Super rich, fudgey and chocolatey. Firm around the edges and soft and chewy on the outside. They’re the perfect chocolate dessert when you’re craving something decadent.

I used as little flour as possible to get a dense, fudgey, chewy brownie. More flour results in a more cake-y brownie. Brown sugar was added for extra sweetness and to give the brownie extra moisture.

And this recipe doesn’t require a mixer! Just a bowl, a spoon, and some elbow grease. The hardest part of this whole recipe is waiting for the brownies to get cool enough to eat and for the caramel to set.

turtle brownies on a white plate with a bite taken out of them

Ingredients for Turtle Brownies

Forget the stuff that comes in a box! You need just a few baking staples to make your own homemade turtle brownies, including browned butter, white and brown sugar, semisweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate), eggs, pure vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, instant coffee granules and salt (to combat all the sweetness).

For the homemade caramel sauce you’ll need unsalted butter, heavy cream, brown sugar and vanilla. Add a pinch of flakey sea salt to take it over the top!

Looking for a turtle brownies recipe with no nuts? Simple omit them from this one! They’ll still be delicious!

How To Make Turtle Brownies

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Then, line a 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil, and lightly spray with cooking spray or grease with butter to prevent the brownies from sticking. Set aside.
  • Add butter to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until light brown / caramel in color. 5-10 minutes. Make sure to keep and eye on it so butter does not burn. It also helps to use a light colored saucepan for this.

browning butter in saucepan

Pour browned butter into a large bowl along with both sugars, cocoa powder, salt, instant coffee granules and baking powder. Stir until combined and allow to rest for 5 minutes or until the mixture has cooled down.

Stir in the eggs and vanilla and mix until batter has a nice sheen to it.

adding eggs to brownie batter

Fold in the flour and stir until combined. (Do not over mix). Add in the chocolate chips and pecans and stir until combined.

brownie batter with chocolate chips and pecans

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is set and a toothpick comes out clean.

unbaked brownies in a square baking pan

Take out of the oven and allow the brownies to cool completely before taking them out of the pan. Drizzle the cooled caramel sauce on top of the brownies. Slice into 9 brownies, serve and enjoy!

slicing brownies

How To Make Caramel Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce is a lot easier to make then you think!

Add all of the ingredients except for the vanilla to a saucepan. Cook over low-medium heat until thickened stirring occasionally. About 8 minutes. If the sauce isn’t getting a lot thicker turn up the heat a bit and keep and eye on it making sure to whisk constantly. (The sauce will thicken as it cools in the refrigerator).

adding brown sugar, heavy cream and butter to a small saucepan

Take off of the heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer to a container and place in the refrigerator to firm up and cool. When you are ready drizzle on top of turtle brownies!

homemade caramel sauce

Storage Instructions

Store turtle brownies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for the same duration.

author picking up a brownie topped with a homemade caramel sauce

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Turtle Brownies

3 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 brownies
Amazing Thick and Fudgey Turtle Brownies layered with caramel sauce, pecans and chocolate chips. A super decadent dessert!

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 whole large eggs, cold
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, plus more for topping

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

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Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray or grease with butter. Set aside.
    Add butter to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until light brown / caramel in color. 5-10 minutes. Make sure to keep and eye on it so butter does not burn. It also helps to use a light colored saucepan for this.
  • Pour browned butter into a large bowl along with both sugars, cocoa powder, salt, instant coffee granules and baking powder. Stir until combined and allow to rest for 5 minutes or until the mixture has cooled down.
  • Stir in the eggs and vanilla and mix until batter has a nice sheen to it.
  • Fold in the flour and stir until combined. (Do not over mix).
  • Add in the chocolate chips and pecans and stir until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Take out of the oven and allow the brownies to cool completely before taking them out of the pan.
  • Drizzle the cooled caramel sauce on top of the brownies.
  • Top with pecans and chocolate chips. Place the brownies in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.
  • Slice into 9 brownies, serve and enjoy!

Caramel Sauce

  • Add all of the ingredients except for the vanilla to a saucepan. Cook over low-medium heat until thickened stirring occasionally. About 8 minutes. If the sauce isn't getting a lot thicker turn up the heat a bit and keep and eye on it making sure to whisk constantly. (The sauce will thicken as it cools in the refrigerator).
  • Take off of the heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer to a container and place in the refrigerator to firm up and cool.
Nutrition Facts
Turtle Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 140mg6%
Potassium 328mg9%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 233IU5%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel, Chocolate, Dessert, Turtle Brownies

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