I've been eating pretty clean for a while now (see my post about how I managed to start eating whole foods despite my love of wine and chocolate here!) but like I've mentioned, I aim for an 80% clean goal. Most of the time I do way better than that but having that goal gives me permission to indulge when the mood strikes without beating myself up or feeling guilty. I recently made these butter pecan turtle cookie bars and let me tell you-they were 100% worth the indulgence!! With a sweet cookie crust, crunchy pecan layer and caramel toffee topped by chocolate this is one dessert you'll make again and again!
These cookie bars are a delicious blend of pecans, toffee, and chocolate on a cookie crust!
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ⅔ cup butter
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixer combine the first three ingredients until well blended.
- Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9 by 13 inch baking dish.
- Top with pecans.
- In a small saucepan combine ⅔ cup butter and ½ cup brown sugar and heat to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
- Continue to boil for 3 minutes continuing to stir.
- Remove from heat and pour over crust and pecans.
- Bake for 17 minutes or until bubbling and golden.
- Remove from oven and top with chocolate chips.
- Allow to sit for 3 minutes then use the back of a spoon to spread melted chocolate.
- Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Keywords: turtle bar, butter pecan
Recipe adapted from a super old Southern Living Magazine clipping!