There’s something sweet in store for Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas. Welcome back!

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

Other than the Pink Velvet Yule Log, we haven’t celebrated with a sweet treat during this year’s 12 Days of Christmas. To rectify the situation, today I’m sharing a recipe for these super easy Salted Turtle Candies!

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

You know I liked to mix things up here on IBC, but when it comes to Christmas cookies, I’m a big fan of the classics. Last year I shared the recipe for Cream Wafer Cookies, my absolute favorite. As I may have told you, if they were the only cookies I had for the holidays, I’d probably be OK with that. Of course, sometimes I do crave a frosted sugar cookie or a peanut butter blossom or a cornflake wreath. Because I stick to tradition, it’s rare for me to share Christmas cookie recipes here. (If you’re looking for unique cookie recipes, check out Fall Cookie Week. That’s where I like to get creative!)

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

With all that being said, I do try to make at least one new cookie every Christmas. And while these Salted Turtle Candies technically aren’t cookies, they’re my something new for this year.

What I love about this recipe is that you get all the flavors of a turtle candy without all of the work. Sprinkled with a little flaked salt, the flavor combination is on point.

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

But don’t worry, if salt on a cookie seems odd to your family, sprinkles work just as nicely and add a pop of color.

Also, this recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, but if you prefer milk or dark, use that instead.

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

For this recipe I opted to use the standard square candy caramels. However, if I was making these again, I would use the Lancaster soft caramels because I prefer a softer caramel. The only thing to note here is that if you do use the Lancaster caramels, you may need double the number of caramels since they are smaller.

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

Not only are these a delicious “cookie,” but they will add visual impact to your cookie tray. Mixing different shapes, sizes, flavors, and textures when presenting your cookies is always a great idea.

Let me walk you through the recipe.

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

Salted Turtle Candies

Makes 25 pieces

2 1/2 cups pecan halves (75 total halves)
25 wrapped caramels, unwrapped
12 ounces semisweet chocolate (or milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
Flake sea salt and / or sprinkles

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Then line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Place three pecan halves in a Y-shape on the parchment paper- lined cookie sheets. Repeat with the remaining pecans.

Then, with your fingers, flatten each caramel and place one in the center of each pecan Y. Bake for 5-6 minutes until the caramel is just melted. Remove from the oven and allow the caramels to cool on the pan.

In the meantime, add the chocolate and vegetable shortening to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted.

Spoon the chocolate on top of the caramel. Let the chocolate stand for about 2 minutes, then sprinkle with sea salt flakes or sprinkles. Allow the chocolate to set completely. Pack and store in an airtight container.

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And that’s it. Homemade turtles don’t get much easier than that, right?

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

Salted Turtle Candies | Inspired by Charm

I’d love to know what your favorite Christmas cookie is. What new cookie recipes have you tried that have become a yearly must-make for you?

 

 

See you back here tomorrow for the final day of the 12 Days of Christmas.

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2016

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Comments

  • Elle at

    The pecans in my pantry are calling for chocolate and caramel! Thanks for this recipe.

  • Patti LeBlanc at

    Yummy!

  • JoeyfromSC at

    I’m drooling over these lol. They’re my favorite, but I’ve never made them homemade! Your presentation is lovely too!

    Thanks for another awesome giveaway & for all the hard work you put into these posts!

  • Annie faj at

    Love these! A new take on the ones we make with floors and pretzels! Love this so much better

  • Paula Young at

    Oh my these look delicious!

  • Becca Heflin at

    Oh my heck! I never realized how easy turtles are to make. I think I may be in serious trouble now. I’d better ask Santa for an extra pair of stretchy pants. 😉

  • Michelle Baker at

    Made these today and felt I should leave some comments to help others who are wanting to try. First, 12 ounces of chocolate was WAY too much. I didn’t use at least half of what I melted. So a total waste of money, and I splurged for the expensive dark chocolate bars. And yes, I had the exact amounts of other ingredients. I used the Lancaster soft caramels and they were very easy to manipulate. The article suggests you may have to use more than the what’s recommended due to size. I did not find this to be true. And at over $7/bag I should hope not, another potential waste! The pecans were also way over estimated (did this guy even know how much of this stuff he was actually using?) The turtles themselves are delicious and easy to make. My children easily helped! But I will be making major adjustments to the ingredients in the future.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Michelle. The recipe noted exactly how many caramels and pecans were needed. Since I’m slightly weird I saved any chipped pecans for another recipe and only used the perfect ones which is why you might have some extra. However, you need 75 total pecan halves and that’s what’s noted in the recipe. Also, the note about the caramels was just a suggestion. Since I didn’t use the Lancaster caramels I wasn’t sure if one would work (as they are slightly smaller), so I wanted folks to be prepared for that. Again, the recipe stated you only needed 25.

      Also sorry about the extra chocolate, you could always do another drizzle on your turtles, save it for something else, or use the extra to dip some fruit in.

      Merry Christmas from “this guy”. 🙂

      xo Michael

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