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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 97 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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