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Turtle Cookie Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cookie bars, cookie bars, turtle cookie bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box 3.4 oz. of JELL-O Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups of finely chopped pecans
  • 21-24 caramels
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer, beat together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, vanilla and pudding mix, then mix together until incorporated well. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate it into the wet mixture (butter, etc.). Once it is throughly mixed together, add in the chocolate chips and pecans and mix until distributed.
  2. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish and put half of the dough in the bottom of the pan. Using your fingers, smash the caramels into sheets (about 2×3 inches) and then cover the batter with the caramels. (If your caramels are fresh this will be easy. If they are firm, then pop them unwrapped in the microwave for 3-4 seconds to soften a bit before smashing. Do it one at a time so they are easier to work with.) When the dough is covered with a layer of caramel, spread the other half of the dough on top.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes. Let them completely cool in the pan before cutting them (I cut them into 24 pieces because they are very rich.)