OK, so this may not be a cookie recipe, but I just had to include these tasty sweets in my #12DaysOfChristmas series! You may know these caramely, choclatey and crunchy candies as Sweet Georgia Browns or Pecan Clusters, but I have always recognized these candies as Turtles.
You often see these candies come out around the holiday season. They come packaged in their tall, iconic orange and white striped box. On the front of the box is their little mascot– a turtle dressed to the nines in a tuxedo, top hat, cane and monocle. Super fancy, right? While these candies are easy to buy (and taste delicious) I have come up with a homemade version for all the adventurous cooks out there in my recipe for Homemade Chocolate Turtles!
I have to warn you, this is not an easy recipe to make whenever you feel like it. Don’t decide to make these on a whim on a weeknight or if you have some place to be in the next 2-3 hours. This requires some planning, concentration, and time. Melting the chocolate and toasting the pecans is the easiest part of the recipe, but the challenge comes in making… the caramel. Yes, the caramel is made from scratch! Additionally, you will need the right equipment to make this recipe. This includes a large pot and, most importantly, a candy thermometer. You need to be exact with your caramel temperatures in this recipe so a candy thermometer is imperative!
I have tried this caramel recipe (included in my Homemade Chocolate Turtles recipe) multiple times. There were a batches of burnt caramel, runny caramel, hard caramel and any type in between. Let’s just say after a few tears (and almost having to buy a new pot) my caramel recipe has been perfected! You can even use this recipe to make your own homemade caramels (which I strongly recommend sprinkling with sea salt!).
I have to say that even though this recipe is a lot of work, it is fun to make and the candies taste delicious. Moreover, you can use your favourite type of chocolate in this recipe (mine is Milk Chocolate Ghirardelli)!
So, if you are feeling ambitious this holiday season, try making these Homemade Chocolate Turtles. Trust me, it is worth all the effort.
For the full recipe for my Homemade Chocolate Turtles, click here!
There is one more cookie recipe that I have saved for the final #12DaysOfChristmas series on my blog! I know that many of you will love it! <3