Upside-Down Turtle Muffins

Upside-Down Turtle Muffins

Enjoy these turtle shaped chocolate muffins topped with pecans.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

1:05

Hr:Mins

Makes

12

muffins

1/2
cup semisweet chocolate chips
3
tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3
cup buttermilk
1/3
cup packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg
1
cup all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
cup chopped pecans
24
milk chocolate-covered caramels (from 5.3-oz bag), unwrapped
36
small pecan halves
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray bottoms, sides and tops of 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. In 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring frequently; cool slightly. Stir in buttermilk, brown sugar, vanilla and egg.
  3. In large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and chopped pecans. Stir in chocolate mixture just until combined. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Push 1 caramel into center of batter in each muffin cup.
  4. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from edge of muffin comes out clean. Cool 1 minute. Turn muffin pan upside down onto cookie sheet to remove muffins. Immediately place another caramel on bottom of each muffin. Leaving muffins upside down on cookie sheet, return to oven about 1 minute or until caramel is soft enough to add pecan halves.
  5. Place 3 pecan halves on caramel on each muffin. Cool until caramel is slightly firm before serving, about 10 minutes. Serve warm if desired.
Makes 12 muffins

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Muffin)
  • Calories 240
    • (Calories from Fat 120),
  • Total Fat 13g
    • (Saturated Fat 5g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 25mg;
  • Sodium 260mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 28g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 18g),
  • Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.