Pretzel Turtles are quick and easy, 3-ingredient treats — featuring pretzels, Rolos, and pecans — that’ll disappear even faster than you can make them!
Y’all have probably seen, tasted or made these heavenly little morsels before, but just in case you haven’t, I would be remiss not to share them here. Prepare to be amazed by this combination of three humble ingredients…
I came across this recipe years ago and I thought it would be the perfect thing to take to a family gathering, seeing as how my father-in-law loves chocolate caramel pecan turtles. So I made them then, I’ve made them about 6,437 times since, and I’m making them for you today.
These suckers are seriously addictive, folks. But even better than that? They are super quick and easy to make. As in, it’s hardly even possible that so little effort can go into something that ends up tasting so divine. This is my stand-by recipe (if it’s even fair to call something so simple a “recipe”) when I need to take a sweet treat somewhere but only have about ten minutes of effort to spare. I can assure you, they are always well-received.
Do I even need to go into what makes these so good? Okay then, here’s the equation:
Pretzel (salty) + Chocolate-Covered Caramel (sweet) + Pecan (toasty) = YUM
Or for you food texture junkies out there, you’ve got two crunchies sandwiching a chewy. Pure bliss.
As far as the assembly, placing the pecans on top before putting your cookie sheet into the oven allows the nuts to get slightly toasted. You could always toast the pecans ahead of time for the same (or an even toastier) end result, but that would involve an extra step and a bit more time, and I’m going for the ultimate in quick and easy when I make this recipe, remember? Also, if you don’t like or can’t eat nuts, you can always leave these turtles plain or top them with another pretzel instead of a pecan.
It really is this simple: stack your ingredients, pop them in the oven for 5 minutes, and then when they come out, gently press the pecan down into the chocolate so that the candy flattens onto the pretzel but the caramel doesn’t squeeze out. Truly, the hardest part of this recipe is waiting for them to cool down so you can start popping them in your mouth.
Now as straightforward as this recipe is, I encountered an unexpected dilemma when I was preparing to make it for this post. Every single time that I have made these treats, I have used Dove Caramel Milk Chocolates as my candy of choice. But would you believe that my local grocery store no longer carries them? The nerve! So there I was, reduced to an internal debate in the candy aisle. Should I just take a chance on a bag of Rolos (Would the caramel squish out? Clearly they would not align with the cute, square-shaped pretzels I had already bought!)? Or should I gallivant all over town in an effort to track down Dove caramel chocolates with a baby in tow (who, incidentally, had already had her fill of errands for the day). Well, the fussy, teething baby won out over the perfectionist, square-chocolate-goes-with-square-pretzel Mama, so home we headed with our Rolos.
And the verdict? Rolos worked just fine. They boast a chewier caramel than Dove, so I think that aspect was an upgrade. But they’re smaller than Dove chocolates, so the caramel-to-pretzel/pecan ratio was lower, if that’s important to you. I would probably still go with Dove if given a choice, but since we’re talking about chocolate and caramel here, I don’t think you can lose either way.
Whether you make these Pretzel Turtles as a Christmas candy, for a baby shower, as a token of teacher appreciation, or just because the 12th of July seems like a good day to celebrate life, I think they’ll make you very happy indeed.
Adapted from All Recipes.5