TURTLE BARS

Chocolate & Caramel make the perfect pair.

When you add a Buttery Crumb Crust and Pecans,

these bars become . . . over the top dangerous!

 You should come just a bit closer.

When my four girls were still living at home, I made these delicious Turtle Bars quite often.  Now that they have all flown the coop, I just don’t dare! When the hubbie doesn’t care much for chocolate, It’s much, much too risky. My will-power hides it’s tail, & these delicious bars . . . somehow attach to my hips!

 For this reason . . . I ate one little one, and took the rest to my neighbors.

Thank Goodness for neighbors!

If you have neighbors who would love Turtle Bars . . . whip some up . . . and give them away.

They’re Dangerous!

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TURTLE BARS

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2  CUPS FLOUR
1 1/2  CUPS QUICK OATMEAL
1/4 TSP. SALT
1/2 TSP SODA
1 CUP BROWN SUGAR
1 CUP BUTTER OR MARG. MELTED
1 PKG. 8 OZ. CHOCOLATE CHIPS
1 JAR 12-oz. CARAMEL SYRUP
1 CUP CHOPPED PECANS, ALMONDS or other – optional
Directions:
Notes:  Line your glass 9×13 ” pan with parchment paper, to make the bars easy to remove and even easier to cut.
(If you’re not using parchment paper) When they first come out of the oven, take a knife around the sides of your pan, then they will be much easier to cut and remove.
Combine 1st – 6 ingredients until well blended. Press half of the mixture in a 9×13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Spread over the crust; chocolate chips & nuts. Drizzle the caramel syrup over the top. Sprinkle with the other half of crumb mixture. Bake 15 to minutes more, or until golden brown.

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  • Berta - 07/14/2011 - 9:16 pm

    WOW baby, that’s all I gotta say! (and you know what that means – I want to eat the photo and the entire recipe! PLEASE write a cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - 07/14/2011 - 10:18 pm

    Danger is my middle name! Just kidding, but these look so good, and yes, very dangerous!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - 07/14/2011 - 11:50 pm

    One word: YUM! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ricki - 07/15/2011 - 7:32 am

    Holy moly, those look delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • shaz@feedingmykidsbetter - 07/15/2011 - 8:02 am

    Wow. You’re right they look dangerous. I will probably finish the entire tray myself 🙂 thanks for sharing & have a great weekend – shaz
    (btw I added you to my blogroll, hope you don’t mind :))ReplyCancel

  • Erin - 07/15/2011 - 9:22 am

    Ooo these do sound dangerous. I am a sucker for nuts in desserts.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - 07/15/2011 - 1:09 pm

    I love your website I can’t wait to see what your next recipe is. I always go to my google reader and check to see if you have posted a new recipe. I have never commented before but these look too good not to comment on. I am 8 weeks pregnant and these bars have me drooling. I can’t wait to make these!!! =)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - 07/17/2011 - 1:43 pm

    Turtles are my BIL’s favorite candy. He’s gonna love these!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee - 07/18/2011 - 9:02 am

    yum. I love anything with caramel. Yum (did I say that yet?)
    AimeeReplyCancel

  • Kira - 07/21/2011 - 11:51 am

    These were so delicious! We loved them. My three years old is still confused why they are called turtle bars, but they have chocolate, so he did not hesitate to eat them. Printed and added to my recipe book. Thanks. (We also loved the one ingredient ice cream – I actually prefer it served soft as opposed to frozen. It was so creamy.)ReplyCancel

  • Uzz - 08/07/2011 - 7:36 am

    Hi These look fab!!! Just wondering what caramel syrup is and if there is an alternative? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 08/07/2011 - 3:58 pm

      Hi there,
      You can just use a jar of Caramel Topping….like you use for Ice Cream.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - 09/29/2011 - 7:32 pm

    Hey! Love your website! I wanted to share with you my experience with the turtle bars. Not sure what I did wrong, but they stuck horribly to the parchment paper. And I even sprayed it with veg. spray for a little insurance. It was a total loss – had to toss them out. Any advise? Thanks! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 09/30/2011 - 8:15 am

      Oh Monica….I’m so sorry! I’m not sure what could have happened. I’ve never had a problem removing the bars when I use Parchment paper. The brand we find around here, is Reynolds. These are one of my favorites, so try try again. I’ve also made these without Parchment paper, but you need to spray your glass baking dish well.
      When the bars come out of the oven, take a knife and go around the edges….quickly, so that they don’t stick. In fact, I do it several times….while they are cooling.
      Hope this will help,
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Jana - 10/06/2011 - 10:49 am

    Tried these last night….so stinkin’ good!! I took them to a meeting I had this morning so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat all the rest of them by myself today!! I’m posting these on my recipe blog today (or possible tomorrow!):) Thanks for great recipes!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 10/06/2011 - 10:54 am

      Thanks Jana….we also love them!
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Tonya - 01/18/2012 - 1:37 pm

    When you say “1/2 TSP SODA” .. what type of soda? Also can I use graham cracker instead of quick oatmeal? Do you think it’ll alter the taste much?ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - 11/15/2012 - 6:04 am

    Jonna,
    What do you mean by Caramel Syrup? Could Caramel ice cream topping be used? Can’t wait to try these.
    Thanks
    GretchenReplyCancel