Turtle Brownies

Turtle Brownies

Turtle Brownies

These Turtle Brownies are a combination of two fantastic recipes:

  • Fudgy Brownies &
  • Caramel Sauce

Fudgy Brownies

I got the Fudgy Brownie recipe from my junior year of High School. I took a culinary class from my community college and other than the 2-hour bus ride every day, It was the best class I have ever taken! The class size was small (like 10 people), the professor/chef was amazingly knowledgeable, and it’s where I realized how much I love food!

It was fun making foods that were new and mysterious but what was even more exciting was when we learned a recipe we were all very familiar with. We have all made brownies before but now we had a recipe that was hand picked and crafted by an experienced chef & baker. 

Caramel Sauce

You can’t go wrong with this recipe and especially when you layer it with a homemade caramel sauce. The sauce used on these brownies is based on a recipe I got from one of my church youth leaders. She is an amazing baker and knew I shared this interest with her. When she was making a batch of salted caramel cupcakes she let me join in. The caramel sauce we put in these cupcakes’ frosting was so good! I asked her for the recipe and I have used it in so many recipes since then.

For these Turtle Brownies, I have found 2 ways to make this caramel that are drastically different, but equally as good and caramelly:

Method 1- Original Caramel Sauce: If you enjoy the classic caramel taste and texture, go with this version.

This is exactly what it sounds like. Imagine the best caramel sauce you have ever tasted layered on the best brownie you have ever tasted…

Method 2- Frosting-like Caramel: (Pictured)  If you love a sweet frosting especially paired with a gooey brownie, go with this version.

This method uses the exact same ingredients and method but changes only the timing. Unlike the original version, most of the boiling happens after you add the butter and heavy cream rather than before. The simple change results in an opaque, frosting-like version of the original caramel.

To be honest, this method was a result of me jumping the gun when trying to make the normal caramel, messing up, then scrambling to correct my error. See…mistakes are good! 


Each method is delicious but everybody has their own preference. I hope you give this recipe a try using the method that appeals to you the most. Enjoy!

Turtle Brownies

Turtle Brownies

Love What You Make
The fudgy-ness of the brownies, the sweetness of the caramel, and the crunchy-ness of the pecans make this dessert a perfect all-in-one.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 16 brownies


Fudgy Brownies

  • ¾ cup Butter cut in pieces
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips bittersweet or semisweet
  • 1 ¼ cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa powder dutch processed is best
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp Flour


  • cup Sugar (3/8 cup for Method 2)
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Butter (salted) sliced
  • ¼ cup Heavy cream (⅓ cup for Method 2)
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt or more to taste


  • ≈2 cups Pecans Really good if you slightly toast them in the oven
  • 2-3 pinches Sea salt


Fudgy Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prep an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and cooking spray. Let the parchment paper come slightly over the edge so you can easily remove the brownies.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, bring a half inch of water to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • In a large, heat-proof bowl combine the butter and chocolate chips. Place the bowl on top of the simmering saucepan and stir the butter and chocolate continuously until both are melted together.
  • Whisk in the sugar
  • Whisk in the eggs, one at a time
  • When the eggs are all mixed in, whisk in the cocoa powder and salt
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and with a spatula, fold in the flour and pour the batter into your prepped pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. When you stick a fork in the middle it should come out mostly clean but a few moist crumbs is perfect!
  • While it is baking you can prepare the caramel topping. There are two options: a traditional caramel topping or a frosting-like caramel. (see recipes below and more info above)
  • Pour the caramel on the brownies and spread it out evenly
  • Before the caramel drys, add a layer of pecans on the top and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Let cool completely. Cut in 16 pieces and enjoy!

Method 1: Caramel Topping

  • Dump out the water from the saucepan you used when making the brownies
  • In the saucepan, heat the sugar, salt, and water over medium heat, whisking constantly
  • Once boiling, stop whisking and leave until it turns a nice caramel color or even just slightly lighter. other than a few swirls of the pan, leave your pan alone. This can take anywhere from 5-9 minutes but watch carefully because it can go from perfect to burnt really fast.
  • Immediately add the butter and whisk until melted
  • Remove pan from the heat and pour in the heavy cream and whisk until smooth (be careful because it will bubble up)
  • Keep caramel warm until brownies have come out of the oven

Method 2: Frosting-like Caramel (pictured)

  • Dump out the water from the saucepan you used when making the brownies
  • In the saucepan, heat the sugar, salt, and water over medium heat, whisking constantly
  • Once boiling, stop whisking and leave for a couple minutes until it darkens slightly (but not quite the color of caramel.)
  • Add the butter and whisk until melted
  • Add in the heavy cream and continue whisking for about 5 minutes. It should look foamy and bubbly but still a pretty light color.
  • Keep warm until brownies have come out of the oven. Once you pour over brownies, immediately top with pecans because this frosting caramel stiffens pretty fast.


Caramel Topping Note: The option 1 caramel is a pretty traditional, tasty caramel recipe and the the second version uses the same ingredients but the method creates a sweeter tasting caramel with a consistency more like frosting.
Keyword caramel, fudgy

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