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Pecan Turtles

 Pecan Turtles
I made these "turtle-like" concoctions one Christmas for a sweets exchange. My dad saw them on the counter waiting to be boxed up and couldn't believe I made them. He said they looked like they came from a candy shop. That's the best compliment I've ever received. -Carrie Burke Conway, Massachusetts
36 ServingsPrep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 pounds pecan halves, toasted
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • Line baking sheets with waxed paper; lightly coat with cooking spray
  • and set aside. Butter the sides of a heavy saucepan with 1 teaspoon
  • butter. Cube remaining butter; place in pan. Add the corn syrup,
  • brown sugar and salt. Cook and stir until sugar is melted.
  • Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture
  • comes to a boil. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads
  • 248° (firm-ball stage), about 16 minutes. Remove from the heat;
  • stir in vanilla. Gently stir in pecans. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls
  • onto prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 12
  • minutes.
  • In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle
  • over clusters. Chill until firm. Store in the refrigerator. Yield:

2 of 2

Pecan Turtles (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • about 6 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 328 calories, 22 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 94 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.