These "Decadent Turtle Brownies" are just that....decadent! They are sort of a combination of brownie and candy. They actually start with a boxed brownie mix also, which I am not usually all that fond of, but by the time you finish with it, you will never recognize that a mix was involved. If you love the chocolate turtle candy, you will really love these brownies. Here is what you will need:
1 (19.5 oz.) family size brownie mix, plus the ingredients called for to make the cake-like brownies
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (like Eagle Brand)
1 (14 oz.) bag of individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips
2 cups pecan halves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions. For the more cake-like brownies, you usually add an extra egg.
Line a 9"x13" baking pan with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Spray the paper or foil with nonstick baking spray. This brownie mixture tends to stick if you don't do this.
Pour half of the brownie mixture in the pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 10-15 minutes or just until it's just starting to set.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, caramels and sweetened condensed milk together over low heat. Stir often so it doesn't scorch. When it's all melted and blended, remove from heat and add the vanilla. You can also melt this together in the microwave.
Carefully spread over the brownie layer.
Sprinkle the caramel layer with the chocolate chips.
Carefully spread the rest of the brownie mix over all and then sprinkle the top with the pecan halves.
Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes!
Allow to cool completely. Lift them out of the pan using the foil for handles and place on a cutting board to cut.
Cut in small squares and serve! These are rich so a little goes a long way!