Salty, check! Sweet, check! Salty & Sweet, check, check! Next week, I am hosting a cookie exchange party for some of my friends and neighbors. One batch of cookies is made and ready to go, then I saw this recipe on my favorite new blog called “If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen“. Wouldn’t a batch of turtle candies be perfect as a sweet addition to a cookie swap table?
Turtle candies are easy to make and only require a few ingredients – pecans, chocolate, caramel and a sprinkle of salt!
Dark Chocolate Turtle Candies
3 ounces pecan halves
1 – 11 ounce bag of individually wrapped caramels
2 teaspoons milk
1 cup chocolate chips; milk/dark
1 tablespoon shortening
coarse sea salt
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place 2 pecan halves next to each other, repeat 30 times.
Melt caramel and milk in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally. Scoop a teaspoonful of caramel over each set of pecans. Let cool.
Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate (add shortening to make a smooth finish). Place a teaspoonful of melted chocolate on the other cookie sheet. Add the caramel covered pecan on top of the chocolate. Repeat for the remaining pecans. Drizzle chocolate over and sprinkle a small amount of coarse salt on top.
Refrigerate to let the chocolate set. I used the little Sweet Stackers risers to stack the two cookies sheets together. This condensed the amount of space in my refrigerator.
Once the chocolate sets, place in an airtight container.
Ready for the cookie exchange!