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This recipe of my mother's is a 'must make' for the holidays," reveals field editor Faye Hintz of Springfield, Missouri. "I always have good intentions of taking some to Christmas parties, but my family finishes them too soon!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 58 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Gradually add flour; beat until crumbly. Press firmly into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Arrange pecans over crust.
  2. In a small heavy saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute or until smooth, stirring constantly. Pour over pecans.
  3. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top; Cool in pan on a wire rack for 3 minutes. Spread chocolate but allow some chips to remain whole. Cool completely; cut into small squares. Yield: about 8 dozen.
Originally published as Turtle Bars in Taste of Home December/January 1995 , p13

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Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"Now one of my favorite square recipies! easy to make. I left the butter hard and processed the crust in my food processor which is quick and easy and works great. I also return the squares to the warm oven to melt all of the chocolate to make it easier to spread. I use parchment paper in my pan and simply remove the whole thing to a cutting board when cooled to cut. An excellent bar for transporting to teas, bake sales, etc., as it is not sticky and cuts evenly."

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