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The Best Turtle Brownie Recipe

There is nothing better than brownies covered in gooey caramel and pecans.

This is the best turtle brownie recipe with caramel oozing from the top and crunchy, flavorful pecans. It’s a chocolate and caramel lover’s dream.

But, fair warning, once you eat these, you’ll crave them on a regular basis.

Easy Turtle Brownies

Delicious turtle brownies on a white plate.

Y’all will love these easy turtle brownies because not only are they rich and decadent, they are covered in caramel.

The combination of chocolate, savory pecans, and caramel makes these the best homemade turtle brownies.

There’s nothing better than the combination of pecans, chocolate, and caramel, all wrapped into one brownie.

And, you can’t go wrong with moist homemade brownies.

I had a hard time putting down my fork after taking a bite. I took some of the brownies to a friend, and her husband and his co-workers loved them.

You can rest assured that the brownies will always be a hit, and they are so much better than a box mix.

Delicious turtle brownies

What Ingredients Are Needed To Make The Caramel Chocolate Brownies?

  • Melted butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chopped pecans
  • Caramel topping (or homemade caramel sauce)

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Chocolate brownie on a white plate with chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel.

How To Make Turtle Brownies?

  1. Sift the flour, cocoa, and salt together and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract and mix.
  3. Next, add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix well.
  5. Toss the chocolate chips in a teaspoon of flour and add to the brownie batter.
  6. Pour the pecans into the mixture and mix.
  7. Spread the brownie batter in a 9″ x 13″ greased baking dish.
  8. Top with the remainder of the chocolate chips and pecans and bake at 350-degrees for about 35 minutes.
  9. When the brownies are done, poke about 25-30 holes in the brownies.
  10. Pour the caramel over the top, allowing it to run into the holes and over the top.
  11. Cool to room temperature and serve the amazing turtle brownies.
Turtle brownie with caramel on top.

How Do I Know When The Brownies Are Done Baking?

The best way to figure out if your brownies are done baking is to insert a cake tester or a thin knife. When the tester or the knife comes out clean, they are done baking.

If you like your brownies cakey, the cake tester will come out clean.

But, if you like the brownies gooier, there will be a tad of batter left on the cake tester when you pull it out.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Pouring melted butter into a Kitchenaid mixer glass bowl.

Melt butter and pour it into a large bowl.

For this recipe, I used my Kitchenaid mixer because you can add a lot of ingredients to the bowl, and it does a great job of mixing.

But you can use a hand mixer as well.

Pouring vanilla extract into a glass bowl with sugar and butter.

Next, add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract to the bowl.

Adding eggs into brownie batter.

Add the eggs, one at a time, while mixing.

Flour, cocoa, and sugar sifted together in a bowl.

In another bowl, sift the flour, unsweetened cocoa, and salt together. Then, pour the flour mixture into the mixture with butter and eggs and mix until well combined.

Floured chocolate chips in a large bowl.

Next, add the chocolate chips to the bowl.

Before adding the chips, I will toss them in a little bit of flour to keep them from sinking to the bottom.

You can also use dark chocolate in place of semi-sweet chocolate chips for this recipe to give it some variety.

Chopped pecans in a bowl with brownie batter.

Finally, add the chopped pecans to the batter and mix well.

Brownie batter in a baking dish with chocolate chips and pecans on top.

Pour batter into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Sprinkle more chocolate chips (without flour) and chopped pecans on top.

Bake for 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Poking holes in baked brownies.

Next, you’re going to want to poke holes in the brownies so the caramel can run down and ooze into the brownies.

The holes will create little pockets of caramel alongside the chocolate chunks.

Don’t buy anything special to poke the holes. You can use the bottom of a wooden spoon, a spatula, or something that is small enough to poke a hole.

I used the end of our knife sharpener, and it worked perfectly. Save your money and get creative!

Pouring caramel over brownies.

Open the jar of caramel and slowly pour it into the holes and over the top of the brownies.

I used a 14 ounce jar of Hershey’s caramel topping, and I wasn’t sure how thick the caramel layer was going to be, so I was prepared to microwave it if possible, but it wasn’t terribly thick.

The jar of caramel poured easily and is the perfect size for this brownie recipe.

Once your brownies cool, they are ready to eat…unless you’re like me and can’t wait until they cool off (just use caution as they will be hot).

A turtle brownie on a white plate.


  • Toss the chocolate chips in a little bit of flour before adding them to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the brownie batter.
  • If you have any leftover brownies, store them in an airtight container.
  • Use parchment paper to line the baking pan if you want to be able to lift the brownies out after they cool. Once they cool, lift them out and set them on a cutting board, and cut.
  • When poking holes in the turtle brownies recipe, use a wooden spoon or plastic straw. Don’t spend extra money on this step to get the perfect tool.
  • For best results, use a cake tester to check the doneness of the brownies. If it comes out clean, they are done. Some people like them a little fudgy, so if the cake tester has a little bit of batter, they are gooey.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of warm brownies for an extra special treat.
  • You can switch out regular caramel with salted caramel for a different flavor.

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Why Are They Called Turtle Brownies?

The candies that we all love tend to look like turtles because the caramel and chocolate sit on top of the pecans, which look like turtle feet sticking out. Because of the combination of ingredients, most items that share caramel, chocolate, and pecans are called turtles.

A brownie with caramel and pecans on a white plate.

Delicious Turtle Brownies

If you’re looking for the best turtle brownies that will impress your friends and family, look no further than this easy recipe.

It’s got all the flavors you love – chocolate, caramel, and pecans – and it’s so easy to make.

Make sure to get the recipe below so you can start baking these amazing brownies today!

Delicious turtle brownies

Delicious Turtle Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

These are the most delicious turtle brownies with caramel oozing from the top and crunchy flavorful pecans.



  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon flour to dust chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 14 ounce can caramel topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and grease a 9" x 13" baking pan.
  2. Sift the cocoa, flour, and salt and set them aside.
  3. Add the melted butter and sugar to a large bowl and mix.
  4. Next, add the vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time until well combined.
  5. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl and mix well.
  6. Toss one cup of chocolate chips in one teaspoon of flour, pour them into the brownie batter, and mix.
  7. Next, add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and mix well.
  8. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips (without flour) on top, as well as 1 cup chopped pecans.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  11. After baking, gently poke holes in the brownies.
  12. Pour the caramel over the top, working to get some into the holes.
  13. Cool and serve.


I used Hershey's caramel topping and it poured perfectly over the brownies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 519mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 42gProtein: 4g

Nutrition is approximate.

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