This moist, chocolaty brownie topped with caramel and nuts brings together the classic components of turtle candies.


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Recipe Summary

Makes 16


For the brownies
For the topping


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a buttered 8-inch square baking dish with foil or parchment paper, allowing a 2-inch overhang. Butter lining (excluding overhang); set aside.

  • Make batter: Put chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted. Let cool slightly.

  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in another medium bowl; set aside.

  • Put sugar and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add chocolate mixture, milk, and vanilla, and mix until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until well combined.

  • Pour batter into prepared dish. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center of brownies comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, 27 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

  • Make topping: Bring 1/3 cup water and the sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. When mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring, and wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystals from forming. Continue to cook, swirling pan occasionally, until medium amber, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Remove from heat, and immediately add cream, vanilla, and salt. Gently stir with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula until smooth. Add pecans; stir until caramel begins to cool and thickens slightly, about 1 minute.

  • Pour caramel over cool brownies; spread with an offset spatula. Refrigerate until cold, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Let brownies stand at room temperature at least 15 minutes before serving. Lift out, and cut into 16 squares, wiping knife with a hot, damp cloth between each cut. Brownies can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Reviews (3)

45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 15
  • 1 star values: 4
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08/09/2012 If you want to make some great brownies with only cocoa, this is a good one to try.
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They are easy to make, though too sweet for my taste. The topping came out nothing like the picture. It looks like toffee :-s
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can any one please help me find a brownie recipie that doesnt use any chocolate, and only uses cocco powder??