I'm not always a chocolate person, often not a dessert person. But, I ran across a picture the other day that inspired me to stop at the store for some ingredients. Behold:
Easy Turtles. AKA Pretzel Rolo Pecan Candies. And yes, they're easy. And delicious.
(Recipe makes about 112 candies.)
- 1 nine oz bag of Snyder's Butter Snap pretzels (the ones shaped like window panes)
- 1 eight oz bag of halved pecans
- 2 twelve oz bags of Rolo candies (about 56 candies/bag -- the ones I bought had 55 and 57)
Directions (per batch - I made mine in 2 batches):
- Preheat a toaster oven or oven to 375 degrees.
- Count one bag of Rolo candies (from now on, I'll assume there are 56 - if there are fewer/more, adjust accordingly).
- Count out 56 pecan halves.
- Spread the pecans on a pan, bake until they're fragrant and lightly toasted, about 5-7 minutes. I toasted mine in the toaster oven so that I could keep the "big oven" for the candies.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300 degrees (if you're using the oven for both, this will have to be after the nuts are toasted).
- Arrange 56 pretzels on a baking pan/jelly roll pan.
- Top each with an unwrapped Rolo candy.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 2 minutes (until chocolate is shiny and chocolates are slightly softned - you'll know if they're soft enough when you try to assemble the first one).
- Place one pecan on top of a pretzel/Rolo. Press the pecan down to smoosh the Rolo. Do this with the whole pan. (I do them 2 handed - its a quick/easy process.)
- Transfer the candies to a baking rack to cool (so they don't stick to the baking pan in their small amount of chocolate-melt-through).
- Allow to cool/allow the chocolate to set. Enjoy! (Or eat them while warm - YUM either way!!)
- Wash the pan and repeat for second batch.
These are better than chocolate covered pretzels because they add the caramel/pecan turtle element. They're better than turtles because they add the sweet/salty combo. I'm not a dessert person. I've had to stop myself from eating these tonight so I have some left to share. That says a lot to me...