Butter Pecan Turtle Cookies

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You know how your favorite cookie (or whatever) that Grandma used to make just doesn’t taste the same when you make it? You’ve tried and tried… followed her recipe to the T…. and it still isn’t ‘quite’ the same.  Yeah… it’s because Gramma lies!

You’re skeptical, I can tell…. but I have proof!  See the recipe below?  The typed portion is the recipe that Grandma told me…. I made it several times… but it was just never right.  The handwritten part was added after I badgered Grandma until she gave me the real recipe.  That’s her handwriting……. sneaky, sneaky Gramma.  (I hope I’m just like her when I get older.)

I didn’t realize until Grandma passed away that she used a different sized pan for these cookies.  I’d been using a regular 13x9in baking pan.  After she passed away Grandpa let me have a bunch of her baking supplies…. and that’s when I realized that she’d been using an AirBake jelly-roll pan.  It’s bigger… not by a huge amount, but it does make a difference in the crust layer.  It’s not so bad for the chocolate and caramel layers, but it’s noticeable in the crust layer.  I’d vote that you just get a jelly roll pan… bonus, you can make jelly rolls now! I think it makes enough of a difference. (I use one like this.) 

When I went gluten free I really missed Grandma’s Turtle Cookies.  It wasn’t until I discovered King Arthur’s Measure for Measure and Cup4Cup’s gluten free flours that I had any clue how to de-gluten my favorite cookies.  I’ve used both GF flours and had great results both times.

Butter Pecan Turtle Cookies

Crust 

  • 2 c. King Arthur Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 c. Butter, cold
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar, firmly packed

Caramel Layer

  • 1 lb. Caramels
  • 1/2 c. Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 c. Butter

Chocolate Layer

  • 12 oz. Chocolate Chips

In a food processor, combine GF flour, butter and brown sugar. Process mixture until fine, sand-like particles form.  Do not over process. Pat crust into an un-greased jelly roll pan (I use one like this). Sprinkle pecans evenly over crust layer.

Prepare caramel layer: Combine caramels, evaporated milk and butter in a small sauce pan.  Allow caramel come to a low boil, being sure that all caramels are melted and smooth.  Pour caramel over pecans.

Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until caramel is bubbly and crust is golden brown.

Remove from oven, immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over caramel. Allow chocolates to melt slightly and spread evenly with a butter knife.

Allow to cool.  (Seriously… leave them alone.  I know this is torture, but leave ’em alone until they cool…. this may take a few hours.  Putting them in the fridge to cool makes the chocolate harden odd.  Just leave em alone.. it’s worth the wait.)   

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I’m doing pretty good with this whole Gluten-Free thing.  I’m still feeling SO much better!  My knees and joints feel better, less headaches, sleeping better, my stomach is so much happier, allergy issues have gone away…. I’ve stopped losing weight, but that may have something to do with my discovery of some really great Gluten Free products… Damn, I’d been hoping that this would be the magic key to bikinis!  Oh well, win some, lose some.  Guess I am going to have to try to eat less of the great things that I’ve discovered.  *sigh*

One of the very great products that I’ve recently found is King Arthur Flour’s Gluten Free Bread Mix. Now, I’ve tried some store bought Gluten Free breads and couple of bread machine mixes…. blech.  For the most part, I don’t really miss sandwich bread, but I do occasionally crave a cheese sandwich.  I’ve replaced peanut butter sandwiches with peanut butter on apple slices… just as tasty, healthier, yay!  A cheese sandwich though…. it needs bread.. it just does!  Yay for King Arthur Gluten Free Flour!

This mix isn’t for the bread machine.  It is made like… well, real bread, allowed to proof and rise… yummy yeasty smells and all.  The bread turns out with a beautiful golden brown crust and he inside is fluffy and white.  (My mom, not a huge bread fan, commented how fluffy and good it was too.)  I should have taken a photo, but I made it for dinner and I fed half the loaf to my In-Laws.  (It was really good with a little butter and garlic salt then toasted in the oven.)  The In-Laws seemed to like it too…

I’ve found King Arthur Gluten Free Products (all purpose flour, pizza dough mix and bread mix) at Schnuck’s and Whole Foods, but you can also purchase it online.  On King Arthur’s website you have to pay shipping and it ends up costing more than it does in the store. I emailed King Arthur to ask if they ever have coupons and they said that they didn’t have in-store coupons, but said to join their newsletter and they offered online sales.  The online price is about what it is the in store.  So far I have yet to come across a sale that lowered the cost enough to counter the cost of the shipping charges.  It is also available from King Arthur on Amazon… and with Super Shipper Savings it costs about what it does in the store…. if you can find it…. I’m buying mine from Amazon.

Happy baking!