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Peanut Butter Turtle Candies

 Peanut Butter Turtle Candies
Every year at the holidays, these candy turtles are a huge hit with family, friends and coworkers. I get lots of requests for more and have even been told not to bother with a holiday visit if I don't bring my turtles—talk about a compliment! They're also good with dark chocolate and salted pecans. —Misty Schwotzer, Groveport, Ohio
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 72 pecan halves (about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 5 ounces milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • On waxed paper-lined pans, arrange pecan halves in clusters of three.
  • In a small bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended;
  • gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. In a microwave, melt candy
  • coating and shortening; stir until smooth.
  • Spoon 1/4 teaspoon melted chocolate into the center of each pecan
  • cluster. Place teaspoonfuls of peanut butter mixture in the center
  • of each cluster; press down slightly. Spoon remaining melted
  • chocolate over tops. Chill for 10 minutes or until set. Store in an
  • airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 candy equals 97 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 19 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.