Irresistibly Decadent Turtle Bars

Chow on 08.23.12
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Photo: Katherine Martinko

Prepare yourself for pure decadence! Not only do these turtle bars taste as good as they sound and look, but you'll have people asking for the recipe every time you make them; that is, if the pan makes it beyond the kitchen. The recipe is a lot richer than most of us mommies would probably like, but whatever damage it causes to the post-partum waistline is worth it. You might as well go all the way when you do choose to indulge. It's a quick, easy recipe that kids can help make and, of course, help to polish off.

Base
3/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cocoa powder
Filling
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn or maple syrup
2 tbsp whipping cream
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Instructions
Line 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Sift flour and cocoa over top; stir until combined. Press into prepared pan. Bake in 350F oven until firm, about 15 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In medium saucepan, bring butter, sugar, syrup, and cream to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil, without stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in pecans. Spread over crust.

Bake at 350F until bubbly and edges are light golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Drizzle with melted chocolate and let stand until chocolate is set.

Recipe from Canadian Living 

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