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15 Turtle-Inspired Recipes for When You Need Chocolate, Caramel AND Pecans

Find yourself asking "where are the turtles?" Well, with these chocolate turtles, you'll never have to worry again. These chocolate-caramel-pecan recipes are easy to whip up for any occasion.

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Layered Turtle Cheesecake

After receiving a request for a special turtle cheesecake and not finding a good recipe, I created my own. Everyone is thrilled with the results and this cheesecake remains a favorite at the coffee shop where I work. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Caramel Pecan ShortbreadTaste of Home

Caramel Pecan Shortbread

My grandchildren look for Grandma's "candy bar cookies" every Christmas. I recommend doubling the recipe for these sweet treats because they go so fast. —Dorothy Buiter, Worth, Illinois

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Frosted Turtle BrowniesTaste of Home

Frosted Turtle Brownies

Homemade brownies are a sweet addition to the appetizer table on game day. Your guests might forget the score, but I guarantee they'll remember these treats! —Sherry Miller, Columbia Heights, Minnesota

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Simple Turtle CheesecakeTaste of Home

Simple Turtle Cheesecake

For an almost instant dessert, I spread homemade ganache and caramel sauce over pre-made cheesecake. It makes the holidays feel slightly less hectic. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois

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Turtle ChipsTaste of Home

Turtle Chips

Salty-sweet, crunchy-chewy, so many sensations in one delectable bite. This is the absolute easiest recipe to make! Both kids and adults will be reaching for this goodie. —Leigh Ann Stewart, Hopkinsville, Kentucky

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Fudgy Turtle PieTaste of Home

Fudgy Turtle Pie

Everyone needs a truly decadent dessert recipe. We love to mix chocolate, caramel and crunchy candy bits in a pie that’s ooey-gooey fabulous. —Dolores Vaccaro, Pueblo, Colorado

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Turtle CookiesTaste of Home

Turtle Cookies

Our special ed class developed these fudgy turtle cookies. We have a cookie club teachers can pay to join, and members give this cookie two thumbs up. —Debbie Ethridge, Bentonville, Arkansas

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Turtle Tart with Caramel SauceTaste of Home

Turtle Tart with Caramel Sauce

Between the creamy filling, crispy crust and gooey caramel sauce, there's a lot to love about this tart. Plus, you can make it two to three days in advance. One of my daughters even asks for this instead of cake on her birthday. —Leah Davis, Morrow, Ohio

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Toffee Turtle SquaresTaste of Home

Toffee Turtle Squares

Here's an easy way to make turtle candy for a big group. These bars are very rich, so a little square will do ya. —Glenna Tooman, Boise, Idaho

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Turtle Snack MixTaste of Home

Turtle Snack Mix

A decadent turtle sundae I had at a restaurant inspired this sweet-salty snack mix. Just try to stop at one handful! —Priscilla Yee, Concord, CA

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Turtle Pumpkin CheesecakeTaste of Home

Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake

When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, I can never decide which one I like best: pumpkin pie or cheesecake? So, I decided to put the two together—with a special twist—and got this delicious result. —Yvonne Starlin, Hermitage, Tennessee

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Cream Cheese Turtle CupsTaste of Home

Cream Cheese Turtle Cups

Sometimes the best thing about a cookie is the memories made. My daughter and I love to make and eat these “turtles.” —Lesa Renner, Kingsport, Tennessee

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Upside-Down Turtle MuffinsTaste of Home

Upside-Down Turtle Muffins

These gems feature an ooey-gooey caramel center and a glossy chocolate glaze topped with sweet pecans. They're perfect when you want something sweet. —Patrice Bruwer-Miller, Wyoming, Michigan

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Turtle Praline TartTaste of Home

Turtle Praline Tart

This rich dessert is my own creation, and I'm very proud of it. It's easy enough to make for everyday meals but special enough to serve guests or take to a potluck. —Kathy Specht, Clinton, Montana

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Turtle PretzelsTaste of Home

Turtle Pretzels

Sweet and crunchy, these tasty treats will be gobbled up in no time! —Barbara Loudenslager, O'Fallon, Missouri