Caramel Pecan {Turtle} Brownies

Friday, July 13, 2012

Last week when I was at Target, I stumbled upon mini Rolos. Stephen and I love trying new candy so I grabbed a few small bags of them and went on my way. When I got home I opened one of the bags and realized that they were about ¼" smaller than the normal ones. I was slightly disappointed because I was expecting them to be small enough to go in cookies. So I scratched the idea of cookies and decided to make brownies with them. I've always loved turtle cheesecake and turtle candies, so I melted down the Rolos, combined them with additional caramel, chocolate and nuts, and created turtle brownies. The brownie itself is neither too fudgy or cakey. It is however, rich, and of course the topping only adds to it. I think this was a great way to liven up brownies! I think you'll agree too!

Caramel Pecan {Turtle} Brownies
Ingredients
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs
¾ c. cocoa powder (Hershey's)
1 c. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. espresso powder

Topping:
1½ c. Rolo chocolate candies, (melted in a microwave safe bowl
with 1 tbsp. butter + 2 tbsp. heavy cream and mixed until smooth)
⅓ c. caramel ice cream topping
½ c. chopped pecans
½ c. mini chocolate chips
chocolate ganache (2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped +
¼ c. heavy cream, melted and mixed until smooth)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium heat until melted. Gradually add sugar until it begins to dissolve. Remove from heat and stir in espresso powder and vanilla extract. 
3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well with a spatula or wooden spoon after each addition.
4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; whisk until combined. Slowly pour into wet ingredients, mix until combined (scrape the bottom of the bowl and the sides to make sure you get all of the dry pockets). Stir in ¼ c. mini chocolate chips and ¼ c. pecans. Pour batter into prepared pan.
5. Drizzle caramel evenly over the brownies. Using a toothpick, swirl caramel into brownies. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and spread prepared Rolo topping over while brownies are hot. Sprinkle with remaining mini chocolate chips and pecans. Return to oven for 3-5 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow brownies to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack (30 minutes or so). Once cool, drizzle with chocolate ganache. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod, Caramel Twix Brownies | Makes approximately 24 small squares

23 Comments:

  1. This looks delicious and your pictures are amazing. Would love for you to share your photos with us at foodepix.com.

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  2. This sounds, and looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it.

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  3. I love caramel, pecans, AND brownies, so this is going to be a definite must to make. When I do, I'll feature it on my blog and be sure to refer back to you! Thanks for the recipe girl! Consider me your newest follower :)

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    1. You're going to love these! Thanks again for following!

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  4. Looks AMAZING! I am pinning this to make. Thanks!

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  5. These look amazing. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/face-cleansing-oil-and-wednesdays.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  6. Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    1. Thank you Mandy! It's always such an honor to be featured!

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  7. These look delicious! Also, I just stumbled on your blog, but your pictures and recipes will definitely keep me coming back!
    -Sarah
    callmefudge.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you keep coming back too!

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  8. Oh my gosh, these sound ridiculous! And the photo is amazing! Thanks so much for the great recipe, so excited to try them out! Cheers & Happy Weekend!

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  9. Oh my, you're making my mouth water again! These look almost sinful. Thanks so much for sharing at my par-tay!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  10. Yum! These look amazing, thanks. Found you at Friday Fun Party.

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  11. These look so sinful and rich - just the perfect brownies!

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  12. OH.MY.GOODNESS! Those brownies look fabulously perfect! What a genius you are. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

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  13. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/07/show-your-stuff-34.html

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  14. Hi, Just wanted to let you know this will be featured tomorrow at The Winthrop Chronicles! http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/

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  15. Found this at a linky party and HAD to pin it. I think my husband would marry me AGAIN if I made him this! LOL. Thank you!

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  16. These look so delicious! Yum! Came over from Winthrop Chronicles.

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  17. Brownies are my FAVORITE and these look sooo good. I have to try them!

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  18. O.M.G. What more can I say? The most beautiful brownies I've ever seen. Can I have a bite?:)

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (FB, Twitter and Pinterest).

    The Quiet Mom blogging @ How to Cook Fresh Artichoke Recipe

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  19. These look amazing! Can't wait to make these for Valentines day treats!

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