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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars


I showed my husband a photo of these goodies from Lynda's Recipe Box, and 20 minutes later they were in the oven! Waiting for them to cool was the hardest part. They are insanely good - caramel, chocolate, and roasted pecans with a buttery crust.


Lynda calls them Turtle Bars, and she got the recipe from the blog of A Southern Grace, who credited the original from Land O'Lakes website. I modified the recipe only slightly, using my preference of ingredients, and my changes are reflected in the recipe below. I used an entire bag of milk chocolate chips for extra decadence, I melted 6 Trader Joe's salted caramels into the filling, and I always use salted butter. My pecans, which I purchased at HEB and toasted in the oven, are grown in Texas and so delicious. I have no idea what variety they are, but they are slightly sweet, crunchy, and have a rich pecan flavor.


Milk Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars
adapted slightly from the original at Land O' Lakes

Crust:
2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Caramel:
2/3 cup salted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
6 salted caramels, unwrapped (optional)

Topping:
1 - 12oz bag milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place crust ingredients in food processor and process until fine crumbs. Pour into an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan and pack very firmly and evenly to form crust.

Cook 2/3 cup salted butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar over medium heat until mixture begins to boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Optional: drop caramels into hot mixture and stir until melted. Pour immediately over crust. Bake 18-22 minutes, until entire caramel layer is bubbly. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips. Let set for 2-3 minutes, then spread melted chocolate chips with knife. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, pressing nuts gently into chocolate.

Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

4 comments:

  1. My goodness these look good-I think I need to make them again! I love your additions of extra caramel and chocolate. I'm finding some great looking recipes here on your blog too!Thanks so much for the shout out.

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  2. Lynda I love your blog and will probably end up making every recipe on it. :)

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  3. These look so delicious. As usually happens, I didn't get half of the baking done that I'd hoped to do, so I am definitely making these,

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  4. I didn't either Pattie, but we are making up for it now that I have time. ;)

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