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Ultimate Turtle Cookie Bars

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  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 16
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Love chocolate and caramel? Indulge in decadent bars made easily with a cookie mix.

Ingredients

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
egg
1/2
cup coarsely chopped pecans
24
caramels, unwrapped
1
tablespoon milk
3/4
cup pecan halves
3
tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
1
teaspoon shortening

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter, egg and 1/2 cup chopped pecans until soft dough forms. Press evenly in ungreased 8-inch square pan. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  • 3 Carefully spread melted caramels evenly over warm bars; sprinkle with pecan halves. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 1 hour.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over bars. Let stand about 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

To microwave caramels (for step 2), place caramels and milk in 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave uncovered on Medium-High (70%) 2 minutes; stir. Microwave 30 to 60 seconds longer, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth.

Use a wet, sharp knife to cut bars easily.

Use your favorite nut for the pecans.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
320
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
27%
Saturated Fat
7g
37%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Sodium
170mg
7%
Potassium
135mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
38g
13%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
24g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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