A lazy way to make homemade turtles with only 3 ingredients and using your microwave!
Dessert could seriously not get easier and let’s face it cuter then with these 3 ingredient turtles. So this past weekend, I was rummaging through what I had on hand, in order to stop spending so much on baking supplies, thanks to my 2016 resolutions. And lo and behold, I had on hand some pecans, milk chocolate chips, and caramel bits leftover from all my holiday baking. And that’s when it struck me to whip up some turtles.
If you unfamiliar with turtles- they are pecans, caramel drizzled over them, and the chocolate over that. You use 5 pecan halves to make the candies look like turtles in the end. So basically, adorable and scrumptious.
And the best part to these turtle candies? They are made in the microwave. Yup, microwave. No oven required. No fancy caramel sauce on the stove. Although you totally could go that route if you are feeling that way. However, I had caramel bits on hand which microwaved beautifully in my microwave. So we’re talking dessert in 10 minutes flat. I’m all about that.
Ok so assembling these, you want to use pecan halves and 5 for each turtle. Just assemble in a star shape- so in the end each turtle has it’s four feet and head. Adorbs.
Go ahead and assemble all your pecan halves. I used a silpat baking mat so they didn’t stick to my cookie sheet but parchment paper would work fine. I’m kind of obsessed with my baking mats and totally recommend getting some. I love have two on hand so I can easily swap out cookie sheets when I’m in total cookie baking mode.
Next you need to melt your caramel. I used caramel bits, which are exactly how they sound. The microwave really well, and also go well being stirred into blondies, brownies, cookies, you name it! You could also use caramel squares if have those on hand. When making these the key is to make sure not to burn the caramel (and the chocolate chips) in your microwave. Microwave the caramel first on 30-second intervals and be sure to stir in between each time. It may seem like they haven’t melted, but stir them to be sure. If you microwave in 30-second intervals, you can ensure you don’t over microwave them and run the risk of burning. them. Then go ahead and spoon some caramel over each turtle right in the center.
Now just repeat with the chocolate chips. I used milk chocolate chips because I had those on hand. Semi-sweet or white would work just fine. And a combination would be definitely awesome. Maybe next time. Then go ahead and spoon some chocolate right over the caramel.
And for me, I love just a little sprinkle of sea salt on top. You know that whole salty sweet thing. I’ll leave that choice up to you, but I highly recommend it.
The hardest part of making these is waiting for the chocolate to set up before diving in. I heard patience is a virtue. Clearly who ever said this wasn’t staring at a pile of these turtles waiting to devour them.
Ok so there are turtles waiting for me in the kitchen to eat. So until next time, let’s stay in touch! I would love for you to follow me on:
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To make these turtles you are going to need:
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3 ingredient homemade turtles
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup caramel bits
- sea salt optional
1. Arrange your pecan halves- 5 for each turtle- on a cookie sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Melt the caramel bits in a microwave safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between interval until melted. This took about 1 and 1/2 minutes in my microwave. Spoon about a tablespoon on top of each turtle.
3. Repeat with the chocolate chips. Spoon about a tablespoon of chocolate over the caramel. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt if you desire. Let the turtles set up and the chocolate and caramel set before enjoying! Store at room temperature in a covered container.
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