California Walnut Turtle Squares

California Walnut Turtle Squares

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(NC) - Dessert lovers will rave when you serve these nutty caramel bars on the sweet table. Or, package some into a pretty festive tin for a gift with a personal touch.
Makes4 Dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 500 mL
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 125 mL
  • 3/4 cup butter softened 175 mL
  • 2 1/2 cups California Walnut halves 625 mL
  • 25 caramels
  • 1 tbsp cream 18%, 15 mL
  • 3/4 cup Chocolate chips semi-sweet or milk 175 mL


  • In medium bowl, mix together flour and sugar; blend in butter until crumbly. Press into ungrease 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) pan, lined with heavy-duty foil. Spread walnuts in one layer over dough.
  • Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until walnuts are lightly toasted and base is lightly browned on edges. Remove from oven; set aside. In medium saucepan, combine unwrapped caramels and cream.
  • Warm over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels melt. Immediately drizzle caramel mixture over nuts. Scatter chocolate chips over top; let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Swirl through chocolate with knife; allow to cool before cutting into bars.

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