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Dark Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars

by Courtney on December 6, 2010

Iiiit’s Monday…are you psyched??? :roll:

Well, perhaps sending a nice Monday morning recipe your way will put a little “pep in your step?” I’m pretty sure it will, but don’t say I didn’t warn you…

This recipe is INCREDIBLY DECADENT and outrageously delicious. :shock:

Yesterday afternoon, I came across an email from the 12 Days of Cookies that had me totally intrigued. After reading the ingredient list + preparations, I decided it was easy enough, yet worth any effort to attempt to make, so I put together my ingredients and got to work.

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Yes, that’s two sticks of butter…Hey, I warned you. We’re not counting calories here today folks. ;)

Start off by lining a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (or a silicone mat, if you have one…I don’t). Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer on the baking sheet. Luckily, my 15×10 jelly roll pan fit ‘em all perfectly!

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Next, combine your butter, brown sugar, chopped pecans, and a pinch of salt in a medium sauce pan.

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Bring the mixture to a boil…

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And continue to boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. You’ll notice the mixture will start to thicken up and bubble nicely.

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Pour the butter mixture evenly over the graham crackers…

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But be prepared to start unconsciously licking your lips. It will happen. :-P

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Bake for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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While the graham cracker + butter mixture is cooking, start to prepare your chocolate.

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Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl placed over a simmering pot of water (if you’re smart, you’ll simply rinse out the same pot you used for your butter mixture and just fill it with a little water…less dishes to wash!) ;)

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At this point, it is absolutely, positively acceptable to snag a couple chips. Hey, you’ve been working hard. :)

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Now it’s time to be patient. Give ‘em a few good stirs, and go ahead and “accidentally” let your finger slip and hit the chocolate coated rim of the bowl.

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It will take a good 10-12 minutes for the chips to start melting, but I promise…eventually you’ll end up with a smooth, creamy chocolate.

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By now, it’ll probably be about time to take your graham cracker + butter mixture out of the oven.

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It’s ok to stare in amazement, then continue on.

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Pour your melted chocolate over the toffee-covered graham crackers and spread evenly.

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I also sprinkled my dark chocolate layer with a little sea salt. If you have some on hand, go for it. :)

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Chill completely in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars (they won’t break perfectly) snag one (or three) for yourself, then immediately put the rest in the freezer.

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Or share them with friends.

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Otherwise, you’ll be making a new batch quicker than you can say “flippin’ fantabulous!” :-D

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ENJOY! :-P

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1 Di @ http://thetreadmilldiaries.com/ December 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

These look amazing and like a good treat to throw in holiday gift bags.

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2 Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

Ahhhhh! Looks awesome. You’ve done it again! :)

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3 movesnmunchies December 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

your killin me here- these are INSANE!

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4 Katy December 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

I get these e-mails too! This one looks amazing! :)

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5 Jess December 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Those look so good, I love things with graham cracker bases :)

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6 Jill December 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Making them immediately!!!! Hoping recipe works with Earth Balance- I’ll let ya know :)

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7 Nat December 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Those look delicious. Too bad we’d probably eat ‘em all as soon as they cooled! :p Enjoy! :)

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8 tat December 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I think this could be a Saturday recipe!!!! YUMMY

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9 Courtney December 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Oh it definitely is, Mom! These things are FANTASTIC! :shock:

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10 Jill December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Made them- omg delicious and the Earth Balance worked just fine =) yay

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11 Courtney December 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Awesome!! :-D

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12 CaSaundra December 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Oo wow these would be great for holiday gifts! It would be fun to use the holiday swirl chocolate chips!

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13 emilieviolet December 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

so great for gifts to give away, I’m definitely going to be trying this recipe :) it was wonderful seeing you tonight!!!

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14 Courtney December 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Great seeing you too, lady! ;)

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15 Amanda December 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

I made these last night but switched out the pecans for pretzel pieces. Sweet, Salty and Delicious!

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16 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

These look insanely good….OMG!! Yes please!

I make a few diff bar recipes with melted brown sugar + butter and/or Karo syrup. There is nothing better than boiling brown sugar IMO :)

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17 Laura December 31, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I made these as soon as i read the recipe. the smell that filled the house was…OMG!! Instead of melting the chocolate chips in a bowl, I took a bag of mini chocolate chips. Waited 5 minutes, carefully poured them evenly onto the delicious concoction, then they spread evenly over the toffee. Fewer dishes to wash.

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