easy homemade chocolate turtles

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easy homemade chocolate turtles make perfect holiday gifts

holiday gift idea | easy homemade chocolate turtles


Please tell me I’m not the only one that completely overestimates how much I can get accomplished before Christmas. My baking list is a mile long. Everyday I find new decorating ideas, gift wrap ideas, even diy holiday card ideas.

Of course I want to do it all, but seeing as how I have barely begun, it’s most certainly not all going to happen.

I found the most darling little gift jar/cookie ideas for all of our neighbors. Some year they may happen, but this year I’m going with easy homemade turtles. Β And I do mean EASY. No-bake is where it’s at, at least at my house it is.

I have always loved turtles; my dad especially loves turtles, and since he has been visiting us, it seemed like a terrific holiday gift idea.

To begin you will need about 1 cup of toasted peacan halves. Arrange them in groups of four.

pecan halves ready for caramel | homemade turtles


Melt the caramel with 1 – 2 Tbsp cream, and drop 1 Tbsp of caramel on the pecans


caramel added to pecans | homemade turtles

Chill until the caramel has hardened (I love placing them in the freezer to speed this step up)

Once chilled, melt the chocolate chips, and top each with 1 Tbsp chocolate, again chill until firm


homemade chocolate turtles


That’s all there’s to it.

NO need to worry about their “shape” being a perfect turtle. These turtles are delicious!


easy homemade chocolate turtles


  • 1 cup of toasted (or lightly roasted) pecan halves
  • 18-20 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • in a double boiler or microwave melt the caramel with the cream, and stir until smooth
  • arrange the pecan halves in groups of four, on a baking sheet lined with parchment (butter the parchment well to ensure the turtles are easy to remove)
  • top each group of pecans with 1 Tbsp of caramel
  • chill until the caramel has firmed
  • melt the chocolate chips, and spoon 1 Tbsp over each nut cluster
  • Keep turtles refrigerated


fast, easy, and no-bake for the holiday win!


holiday  food gifts| homemade chocolate turtles




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