The Best Turtle Brownies Recipe

These are some of the best brownies I’ve ever had. Fudgy, not at all cakey, ridiculously rich, boldly chocolaty, and loaded with texture. There’s a salted caramel and pecan filling that’s sandwiched inside dense brownies, and there’s chocolate chips and more pecans sprinkled on top. I used roasted, salted, unchopped pecan halves and if using raw nuts, toast them for 5 to 10 minutes in a 400F oven to enhance the flavor. The coffee and espresso don’t make the brownies taste like coffee and enhance the chocolate flavor. Either make your own or use another thick, rich caramel sauce. Wait until the brownies are completely cooled before slicing. Slicing too early will result in a hot, gooey mess. I prefer brownies this rich to be served slightly chilled.



1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brewed coffee (leftover or cold coffee is okay), optional but recommended
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional but recommended
pinch salt, optional and to taste
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

8 ounces (salted) caramel sauce (use The Best & Easiest Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, Trader Joe’s, or another favorite; plain is okay but I prefer salted caramel. Don’t use ice cream sundae sauce, it’s too thin)
1 heaping cup pecans (I use roasted, salted, unchopped pecan halves; toast raw nuts for 5 to 10 minutes in a 400F oven to enhance flavor)

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with high-quality aluminum foil such as Reynold’s Non-Stick (highly recommended so caramel doesn’t stick to pan) leaving overhang and spray with cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Brownies – In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, chocolate, and heat on high power to melt, about 2 minutes. Stop to check and stir after 1 minute. Heat in 15-second increments until chocolate has melted and mixture can be stirred smooth. Allow mixture to cool momentarily before adding the eggs so they don’t scramble.
  3. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, optional coffee, optional espresso granules (neither make brownies taste like coffee and both enhance and round out the chocolate flavor), optional salt, and whisk vigorously to combine.
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