Caramel Turtle Pie

This Caramel Turtle Pie is super gooey, a little crunchy and totally delicious. Loaded with caramel, chocolate, cookie crumbs and pecans, this is basically a candy bar in cake form – and it’s irresistible!

Caramel Turtle Pie - chocolate cookie crust filled with gooey caramel, topped with pecans

Caramel Turtle Pie slice on a plate

Caramel Turtle Pie

When I was a kid, every Christmas we’d get my grandmother (on my dad’s side) a box of chocolates as one of her Christmas gifts. I think I get my sweet tooth from my dad, and I think he gets his from her. It was always the same box every year – the big, yellow Whitmans’ Originals box of assorted chocolates.

I loved when she finally opened the box. She’d always let us have some. One of the great things about that box of chocolates was that it has the guide on top, so you know how to find the chocolates you like. I’d go straight for the caramel ones – and so would my younger brother. We bargained over those prized caramels.

Caramel Turtle Pie slice on a plate
Caramel Turtle Pie with a slice removed

To this day, we’d both still go straight for the caramels. So it was no surprise that my brother was a big fan of this pie. It’s kind of like eating one of those caramels, but a lot bigger, gooey-er and lots more caramel.

It’s got a chocolate cookie crust, an easy caramel filling using brown sugar, then chocolate ganache. And it’s all topped with some chopped pecans. I love the pecan topping – it adds some crunch and texture. You could actually use even more pecans, if you wanted.

The caramel filling is made with one of my favorite caramel sauces. It’s very easy to make right on the stove. You just need brown sugar, butter and heavy cream. It all melts and comes to a boil in a large saucepan. The amount of boil time is what affects how thick the caramel is when it cools. I recommend boiling for about 2 minutes, but you could adjust as you see fit.

Caramel Turtle Pie overhead view
Caramel Turtle Pie slice on a plate

Though it’s a pie, I made mine in a springform pan. I love the look, but you could do it in a pie pan too and not have to worry about taking it out of a springform pan.

This recipe is great because even though you have to use the microwave and stove, there’s no need to bake anything. It makes this pie pretty quick and easy to put together. Pretty handy during the holiday season when there’s 101 things to do. Cooling time takes the longest. You’ll want to make sure it has plenty of time to cool for the caramel to firm up. I left mine in the fridge overnight.

And speaking of the holidays. I can’t believe Christmas is just a few weeks away! I haven’t even started my shopping yet. I’m a little worried about that.

Oh well, there’s pie! 🙂

Caramel Turtle Pie - chocolate cookie crust filled with gooey caramel, topped with pecans

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Caramel Turtle Pie

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Caramel Turtle Pie is super gooey, a little crunchy and totally delicious. Loaded with caramel, chocolate, cookie crumbs and pecans, this is basically a candy bar in cake form – and it’s irresistable!



  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted


  • 1 1/4 cups salted butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream


  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans


1. Grease a 9 inch pie pan.
2. Add melted butter to chocolate cookie crumbs and mix until combined.
3. Press mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, then set aside.
4. To make the filling, melt butter in a large saucepan.
5. Add brown sugar and heavy cream and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved.
6. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 2 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
8. Pour caramel into pie crust. Place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
9. To make the ganache, put chocolate chips into a metal bowl.
10. Microwave heavy cream until it begins to bubble, then remove and pour over the chocolate.
11. Immediately cover the metal bowl with clear wrap and let sit for about 5-7 minutes.
12. Remove wrap and whisk chocolate until smooth.
13. Pour ganache over top of the caramel, spreading into an even layer.
14. Sprinkle the pecans over the ganache and press them down a bit so they stick.
15. Refrigerate until caramel and chocolate are completely firm.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 497
  • Sugar: 40.9 g
  • Sodium: 192 mg
  • Fat: 35.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 73.7 mg

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      1. Lisa

        Hi, how can I prevent the caramel from becoming crystalized as it sets? I thought the sugar had all melted and I even boiled it for an extra minute. What did I do wrong? Thanks. Lisa

  1. funsize wife

    OK, else just wants to do a face plant into the caramel pie? The only thing it needs is an excellent cup of coffee to go with it. Great job, Lindsay!

  2. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking

    I loved it when my mom was given those boxes of caramels too! She rarely finished them all off, so my brother and I were allowed to dive head-first into the candies to “help” her eat them. And then we’d eat a whole lot of my grandma’s homemade sugar cookies to polish them off. Christmas is the best day for sweets, and if we had this caramel pie, it wouldn’t last past the present-opening festivities! 😉 Pinned!

  3. Serene Brown

    I love your blog, that’s why I subscribed it when I came across your blog. Your desserts all look amazing. I love to read your recipes with all the beautiful pictures you take. Could you tell me what kind of camera you use? Also I’ve been wondering how you stay slim when you have a sweet tooth.


      Thanks so much Serene! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog! I use a Canon Rebel T3i with a 50mm lens. As for staying slim – I have to give most of what I make away and make sure I get to gym! 🙂

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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