Caramel Turtle Pie
This Caramel Turtle Pie is super gooey, a little crunchy and totally delicious. It reminds me of a box a box of chocolates – the chocolates that are full of caramel inside. Those are my favorite kind. 🙂
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.
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.
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
- Yield: 12-14 Servings
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: American
- 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
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