Pecan Turtles Recipe
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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling YIELD:36 servings
- 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 vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 pounds pecan halves, toasted
- 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 teaspoons shortening
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.
- 3. In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over clusters. Chill until firm. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 6 dozen.
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.
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