Theresa's Mixed Nuts: 5 Days of Holiday Goodies! Day 5 ~ Pecan Turtles

Saturday, December 21, 2013

5 Days of Holiday Goodies! Day 5 ~ Pecan Turtles

My niece is a huge fan of those DeMet's pecan turtles, and looks forward to receiving them in her stocking every year. While tasty they are, they are awfully expensive for the small amount you receive. So, we make homemade pecan turtles to include in the cookie box we give her every year, and she thinks they are just as fantastic as the store bought ones!



12 ounces unwrapped soft caramels (we really love the Werther's Baking Caramels!)
2 tbs milk
6 ounces pecan halves
8 ounces semi sweet chocolates, chopped
1 tbs shortening


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast pecan halves on a baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes.

Line another cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray. Arrange pecan halves in groups of 4 onto the oil sprayed sheet in an X pattern.

Unwrap caramels and place in a heavy pot with the milk. Cook over low heat until all caramels are melted.

Allow caramels to cool, then spoon caramel over pecan clusters, leaving the ends sticking out.

Melt chocolate and shortening in a heavy pot, over low heat, stirring frequently. Once melted, spoon chocolate over the caramel and nut layers, covering both as much as possible.

Allow candies to cool completely to set. Using a spatula (preferably metal) transfer them to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator. Eat cold or at room temperature.



  1. You could make a million dollars selling those. They look better than the ones I used to sell in high school for a fund raiser for our pep club. My golly gosh! How do you stay trim with all these desserts hanging around.

    Oh you make me laugh. Yes, 99¢ for those shoes was a steel. I don't know if I would have paid the $8 but dang sure I would pay the 99¢ ~~ lol

  2. Those sound to die for. You are such a good cookie baker - I wish you lived closer. I would seriously pay you to make me cookies.

  3. These sound delicious!! A great way to make your niece happy and save money. Win-win. :)

  4. I bet they don't disappear from the plate slowly as turtles :)

  5. Hmm are they supposed to look like a turtle lol

  6. Very creative...looks so dam tasty. :)

  7. Turtles are my Hubs very favorite! He is not eating sweets now so I can't make these.

  8. Oh, no -wiping saliva off of chin.
    Have a very sweet Christmas, Theresa.

  9. Gosh I had no idea how to make those - they look GREAT! sandie

  10. my ooh my...looks soooo yummy :D> to make one as well! thanks for sharing...

  11. They sound so good!!! I was thinking about making some kind of candy tomorrow.

  12. OMG! These look amazing. I should have been born your kid.

  13. I can't believe I've never tried these before. They look impossibly delicious!

  14. So scrumptious! You are such a good baker! I'm really amazed how you manage to bake so many yummies during this busy period!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka


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