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Step up your brownie game with salted caramel turtle brownies! Inspired by classic turtle candies (think toasted pecans, chewy caramel, and rich chocolate), these from-scratch brownies celebrate one of the best dessert duos ever: caramel and chocolate! Recipe makes 16 brownies.

Turtle Brownies
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Turtle candies are such a nostalgic treat for me. The classic chocolate candy is made with pecan halves and caramel coated in semisweet or dark chocolate, resembling mini chocolate turtles!

To make turtle brownies, my favorite crinkle top brownies are baked until crackly and drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce.

Topped with chocolate chips, pecans, and flaky salt, these soft and fudgy brownies make the perfect indulgence. Pro tip: Serve warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Key Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make caramel pecan brownies:

  • Flour – Use all-purpose flour in this recipe.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Dutch processed baking cocoa gives these brownies rich chocolate flavor and is what I use in all of my chocolate dessert recipes.
  • Salt – For flavor.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter to control the salt level.
  • Semisweet chocolate – The chocolate-based brownie batter is made with semisweet chocolate. I like Ghirardelli semi-sweet baking bars or Guittard baking wafers.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar and light brown sugar makes the brownies moist and fudgy.
  • Eggs – This recipe uses two large eggs plus one large egg yolk. The extra egg yolk is the key to rich, fudgy brownies!
  • Vanilla – Use pure vanilla extract.
  • Semisweet chocolate chips – Chocolate chips are folded into the brownie batter and sprinkled on top of the baked brownies. You can also use dark chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
  • Salted caramel sauce  – Drizzle over the top of the brownies!
  • Chopped pecans – Adds a toasty crunch which complements the rich brownies. If you have an allergy or you’re not a fan of nuts, omit the pecans.
  • Flaky salt – Brings out all the flavors.

Craving more salted caramel? You may also love my collection of salted caramel recipe ideas!

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Tips for Perfect Brownies from Scratch

Prep ahead – Line the baking pan and measure out all of the ingredients in advance so you can work quickly (I highly recommend using a kitchen scale for accuracy). The batter should be warm all the way through the process of making this recipe for the classic shiny crinkle top!

Baking pan – Use a light-colored 8-inch square baking pan lined with parchment. Light colored pans conduct heat evenly and I recommend them for all brownie recipes.

Fudgy brownies – This recipe does not use chemical leaveners (there’s no baking powder or baking soda in the recipe) which equals super fudgy brownies.

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How to Make Turtle Brownies

  • Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Gradually melt chopped chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl over simmering water) over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat and whisk in sugars until smooth.
  • Whisk in eggs and egg yolk one at a time until smooth, then whisk in vanilla. Gently fold in dry ingredients just until no streaks remain, then fold in chocolate chips (or chunks).
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Tap the pan once to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake these brownies until just set, 25 to 26 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a few crumbs attached.
  • Let the brownies cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For the topping, drizzle brownies with salted caramel sauce. Top with chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and flaky salt.
  • Cut brownies into squares with a sharp knife and enjoy! 🙂
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Turtle Brownies

Fudgy Homemade Turtle Brownies

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  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Turtle brownies are decadent crinkle brownies topped with homemade salted caramel sauce, pecans, chocolate chips, and flaky salt! Recipe inspired by classic turtle candies and makes 16 brownies.



  • 3/4 cup (105 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (24 g) Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (112 g) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 oz (168 g) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (92 g) lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (100 g), at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk (18 g), at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp (6 g) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (85 g) semisweet chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks)


  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup (29 g) chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (43 g) semisweet chocolate chips
  • flaky salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Place butter and chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Gradually melt the butter and chocolate, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Remove chocolate mixture from the heat and whisk in sugars until smooth. Whisk in eggs and egg yolk one at a time, until combined. Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture and fold in just until no streaks remain. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Gently tap pan once to remove air bubbles.
  5. Bake brownies for 25 to 26 minutes, until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Lift parchment and place brownies on a cutting board. Drizzle brownies with salted caramel sauce. Sprinkle chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and flaky salt over the caramel sauce, then cut into squares with a sharp knife.
  7. Store leftover brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature or warm slightly before serving.


Unsweetened cocoa: Use Dutch processed baking cocoa for the richest chocolate flavor. I use and recommend Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa.

Semisweet chocolate: I use and recommend Ghirardelli semi-sweet baking bars or Guittard semisweet chocolate wafers.

Storage tips: Store leftover brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days; bring to room temperature or warm slightly before serving. If you’d like to make the brownies ahead of time, freeze without the caramel topping.

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  1. I made the homemade caramel sauce and the brownies, and both turned out perfectly. These brownies are so fudgy and decadent – can’t wait to make them again!

  2. I made these brownies for a co-workers birthday and everyone loved them. They’re perfectly rich and fudgy!