Butter Pecan Turtle Cookie Bars

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butter pecan turtle cookie bars

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!

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butter pecan turtle cookie bars

Butter Pecan Turtle Cookie Bars


These cookie bars are a delicious blend of pecans, toffee, and chocolate on a cookie crust!


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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer (affiliate link) combine the first three ingredients until well blended.
  3. Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9 by 13 inch baking dish.
  4. Top with pecans.
  5. In a small saucepan combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar and heat to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Continue to boil for 3 minutes continuing to stir.
  7. Remove from heat and pour over crust and pecans.
  8. Bake for 17 minutes or until bubbling and golden.
  9. Remove from oven and top with chocolate chips.
  10. Allow to sit for 3 minutes then use the back of a spoon to spread melted chocolate.
  11. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 17 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 302
  • Sugar: 19.1 g
  • Sodium: 5.3 mg
  • Fat: 19.6 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 31.2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 31.6 mg

Keywords: turtle bar, butter pecan

Recipe adapted from a super old Southern Living Magazine clipping!

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  1. always loved these, however while cutting the cooled bar the choc kept coming of. Don’t know why. The melted choc was completely firm. Any suggestions

  2. Absolutely gorgeous bars Melissa, and now I am CRAVING them….time to dust off my super hero cape and make these ASAP!!! Thanks for the great inspiration!

    1. Agreed! We love pecans, too! I think I will try swapping out the all purpose flour with pecan meal/flour. That will give us a gluten-free option here as we have a daughter who is gluten intolerant. I have also found that Ghirardelli chocolate chips work great in these recipes!

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