We have a bumper crop of pecans this year. This photo is only a fraction of what my husband has shelled so far. We have also sold over 150 pounds to a local pecan broker, there are huge bags and bags in my utility room waiting to be shelled, the ground is covered, and the trees are still full! And we can’t get anyone to come pick some up for free – seems like everyone wants them shelled and bagged. Oh well, guess the birds and squirrels will enjoy what we don’t get picked up.

So, as you can guess, I don’t have to be stingy when using pecans for our Christmas gifts and baking. Turtles is one recipe we all like because it is simple and it is really good. And because there are several choices for ingredients.

Basically you need chocolate, pecans, and caramel. For the chocolate I prefer the Ghirardelli Candy Making and Dipping Bar that is available at Sam’s Club during the holiday season. I try to stock up on them because sometimes I want to make chocolate covered recipes other times of the year. You can also use almond bark or even chocolate chips. For the caramel, I used the new Kraft Caramel bits this year. In the past, I have used the dipping caramel for apples that you can find in the produce department. You can also melt the traditional Kraft caramels or if you are industrious, make your own.

3 Ingredient Turtles

pecan halves
chocolate (for dipping)

I toasted my pecan halves but you can leave them raw. Melt chocolate. On a sheet of waxed paper, spread a small circle of chocolate, leaving a couple of inches between each one. Place 3 pecan halves on each chocolate circle. If using caramels or caramel bits, melt in microwave. Drop a teaspoonful of caramal in center of pecans. Spoon melted chocolate over top of caramel and pecans, sealing the caramel as much as possible but leaving ends of pecans exposed. Let the chocolate become firm and enjoy.