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How to Make Faux Turtles Caramel Chocolate Treats

Updated on August 17, 2014

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Are you baking impaired? I am. The mention of a cookie exchange used to make my blood run cold.

Then I discovered these little gems. Last year I made a batch of these Faux Turtles and bagged them up in cute cello bags for the office cookie exchange. I got major points for taste and presentation.

These yummy "Turtle" impersonators go together in a flash. If you don't have a cookie exchange to attend, they also make a terrific hostess gift. Of course you'll need to taste at least one to make sure they turned out okay.

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You'll need:

1 (16 oz.) bag of mini pretzel twists (pretzels are about 1 1/2 inch across) (You'll have leftovers.)

1 (11 oz.) bag of chocolate caramel candy (i.e. Rolo Candy) (about 50 pieces)

About 1 - 2 cups of pecan halves

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet (i.e., Silpat).

Unwrap and count chocolate caramel candy pieces. You'll need the same number of pretzels and pecans as there are pieces of candy.

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I Love my Silpat!

Silpat 11-5/8" x 16-1/2" Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
Silpat 11-5/8" x 16-1/2" Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

Long before I heard of silicon bake ware or even high-temp spatulas, I saw the perennial baker, Martha Stewart, using a Silpat baking sheet. Although she usually doesn't influence me, I was hooked and nabbed one at my cooking supply store. We've been together ever since (more than a decade) and I couldn't be happier.

Sure you could use parchment, but think of how much paper you'd go through. And, why use aerosol cooking sprays if you don't have to? Gotta love the old Silpat!

 

Step 2: Lay out the Pretzels

Lay out pretzels on the covered cookie sheet , in a single layer.

You don't need perfect rows; just make sure the pretzels are whole and they don't overlap.

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Step 3: Add and Warm the Chocolate Caramels

Place a chocolate caramel candy on the center of each pretzel.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven for 4 minutes. (The chocolate will soften, but will not melt flat.)

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Step 4: Add the Pecans and Cool

Remove the cookie sheet from the oven.

Do not allow the chocolate to cool.

Press a pecan into each chocolate.

Allow Faux Turtles to cool completely before removing from the parchment or silicon.

Store in a sealed container.

Note: If the chocolate does not yield smoothly to the pecan, return the cookie sheet to the oven for 3 more minutes. If your kitchen is on the cool side, you may need to return the cookie sheet to the oven for a few minutes to keep the candy soft when pressing in the pecans.

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      not me. I'm no baker.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh this is a definite for my recipe box and I WILL be making them. They sound too yummy NOT to make. Looking forward to it!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Turtles are so yummy, I pinned this to my candy board so I can find it later.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We are taking yummy treats here. Gosh these look so good. YUM!

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      Wow! I think these are easy enough for even me. And a great easy recipes for kids to take part in, too.

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      Found your recipe on the Holiday Cook-Off: Christmas Cookies...I'm always looking for quick and easy ideas for sweets, thanks for sharing.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I REALLY want to make these this year. I don't have co-workers to exchange with, but I do have a pen pal who hasn't fired me yet......Hmmmmm, MAYBE I could make something here and she'd make some of these for me? I wonder..... ;)

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      themanlycat 4 years ago

      Delicious looking!!

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      oh im sure my kids would love this recipe. finger foods are their favorite!!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are right up my alley. They sound yummy and the grandkids could help grandma make them!