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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.


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!


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



Bring the mixture to a boil…


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


Pour the butter mixture evenly over the graham crackers…


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



Bake for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.


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


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!) ;)


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


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.


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.


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


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


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



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


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.


Or share them with friends.


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





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1 Di @ December 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

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


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

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


3 movesnmunchies December 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

your killin me here- these are INSANE!


4 Katy December 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

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


5 Jess December 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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


6 Jill December 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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


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! :)


8 tat December 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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


9 Courtney December 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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


10 Jill December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

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


11 Courtney December 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Awesome!! :-D


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!


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!!!


14 Courtney December 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Great seeing you too, lady! ;)


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!


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 :)


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.


18 Ruthie Hart December 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I just added the ingredients to my shopping list for today…. eekk!


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