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|
- 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.