Turtle Bars

These butter pecan turtle bars feature a sweet shortbread crust, a layer of rich caramel topping, and crunchy pecans. Topped off with a generous layer of semisweet chocolate, these bars are an irresistible treat that you’ll want to make again and again.

Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl and beat until softened, about 2 minutes. Add flour and mix just until combined.

Pour batter into a 9"x13" pan and press it down into the bottom of the pan. Set it aside while you make the turtle layer.

Combine butter and both sugars in a medium sized saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted and the sugars are dissolved. Continue cooking until it starts boiling, then boil for one minute without stirring.

Remove from heat and add heavy whipping cream and salt. Stir to combine.  Pour turtle layer caramel evenly over the shortbread crust. Top with pecans and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Add semi sweet chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Heat in 20 second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is smooth.

Evenly spread chocolate on top of squares. Chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set. Cut into squares and serve!