Ultimate Turtle Cookie Bars

Love chocolate and caramel? Indulge in decadent bars made easily with a cookie mix.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 16

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
  • 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
17%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
38g
38%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
24g
24%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
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 Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.