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Turtle Cookie Bars

These sweet made-from-scratch Turtle Cookie Bars are stuffed with Rolo candy and toasted chopped pecans. The chocolate and caramel candies melt while baking encasing the pecans in buttery cookie dough and ooey gooey goodness. After cooling to warm they’re a delightful way to treat yourself after a busy day.
Turtle Cookie Bars

My Love of Cookie Bars

My Mom used to make the BEST chocolate chip cookie bars for us all the time when we were kids.  Oh, what a “sweet” memory they are for me.  I remember the smell of those cookie bars while they were baking, and the agony of waiting for them to cool enough to eat.  I will always remember loving those bars, and that was my inspiration for these turtle cookie bars. When I was developing this recipe, I thought, what can I do to shake this up a little?  So, I decided to fill my bars with all of the flavors we love in turtle candy and forgo the chocolate chips, just for a change of pace.  You can thank me later…

Turtle Cookie Bars

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Turtle Cookie Bars

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Turtle Cookie Bars

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turtle-cookie-bars
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 1/2 cups pecan pieces plus 16 whole pecans, toasted
  • 1 11 oz bag Rolos unwrapped
  • 1 cup softened butter plus 2 Tbsp
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream or half & half
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place 1 1/2 cups of pecan pieces plus 16 whole pecans on a baking sheet and place into the oven.
  • Toast the nuts for 6-8 minutes then set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the batter.
  • Set aside 16 whole Rolos, and slice remaining in half.
  • Using an electric mixer cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Whip together for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Lower the speed of the mixer. Add dry ingredients slowly beating well after each addition. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically.
  • After all of the dry ingredients have been added, increase the speed of the mixer, and beat for another 1-2 minutes. The batter will be thick.
  • Spread one half of dough on the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Arrange chopped Rolos on top. 
  • Dollop the remaining batter over the top. Spread evenly.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Place the remaining 16 Rolos evenly spaced on top. Return to oven for 2 minutes to allow the candy to soften and melt.
  • After softenned, remove from oven, and gently press each with whole pecan. 
  • Cool before cutting. Store leftovers  tightly covered at room temperature.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 554IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. YUM! My parents have pecan trees in SC and I always have a freezer full. Now I have something other than German Chocolate Cake and Pecan Pie to use them in!

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