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Caramel Pecan Turtles Recipe

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Clair Duchene


3 c. whole pecans
c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
c. corn syrup
dash of salt
c. + 2 Tbs. sweetened condensed milk (half of 14 oz. can)
tsp. vanilla
1 c. chocolate chips
tsp. vegetable oil or shortening

1. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool. Arrange in clusters of 3-4 on parchment paper.
2. Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a 6 quart pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the sweetened condensed milk.
3. Continue cooking and stirring until mixture reaches 235-240 (use candy thermometer) OR use the ice water test - drop a small spoonful of hot caramel into a bowl of ice water. When you take it out, you should be able to roll it into a ball (then it is done).
4. Stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
5. Quickly spoon the caramel over the pecan clusters, making sure caramel is touching each of the pecans. Let sit to harden.
6. Melt the chocolate chips and oil in the microwave, stirring often til smooth. Spoon chocolate on top of each layer of caramel. Let sit for 1-2 hours or until hardened.




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