Turtle Bars

Turtle bars

Leave it to a church lady to take something as complicated as a turtle and turn it into a tasty bar cookie.  Church ladies are the queens of the bar cookie and this one is no exception.  All of the flavor of a turtle in about 1/10 of the time.  My only complaint is that the bars were a bit challenging to cut.  Were I to make them again, I would use pecan pieces instead of whole pecan halves and I would reduce the baking time by a few minutes.  I have reflected these changes in the recipe below.

Turtle Bars adapted from the WHFM Cookbook


  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Mix together butter, brown sugar and flour.  Press into the bottom of an greased 9×13″ pan.  Sprinkle pecans over the crust

Don’t do what I did, chop up your pecans for easier cutting in the end

Caramel Layer

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

 In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook butter and brown sugar.  Stir constantly until boiling.  Allow to boil for about 1 minute.  Pour  over crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Nothing like pecans bathed in caramel


  • 1 12 ounce package chocolate chips

 When bars come out of the oven, sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips.