Cranberry Turtle Bars for Amy’s Virtual Baby Shower

Do you guys remember Amy from Sing for Your Supper? She made these tasty looking Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Scones for Friday Favs back in April. Well today, I’m excited to say that I am participating in her Virtual Baby Shower!

When Kelsey from Apple A Day emailed a group of bloggers about participating, I was excited to join in! I love the idea of virtual showers. It’s so much fun to be a part of a party online for someone who you’ve never actually met.

These bars are actually from Apple A Day. I didn’t plan it that way, but I guess I’m just having some weird deja-vu situations going on this week. I wanted to make something sweet since Amy is having a sweet baby girl. And I wanted something festive since I can’t get enough of the fall flavors.

I love making homemade caramel and just don’t do it often enough. These bars were really unique and delicious. Hubby took them to work and they got rave reviews. The combination of caramel, cranberries, pecans, chocolate, and shortbread is pretty freaking amazing. You should think about making these for the next holiday dinner, potluck, or shower that you’re invited to! Check out Kelsey’s blog for the recap of what everyone else made.

One Year Ago: Caramelized Butternut Squash and Spicy Butternut Sqaush, Goat Cheese and Lentil Salad
Two Years Ago: Apple Cranberry Cake-Pie
Three Years Ago: Pie Crust

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Cranberry Turtle Bars

Yield: 30 bars

Ingredients:

For the base
2 cups flour
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup or 12 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

For the topping
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 (12 oz) bag frozen cranberries (not thawed)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
2 oz bittersweet chocolate

Directions:

First, chop the pecans and toast on the stovetop or in the oven. Set aside and allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a two-inch overhang on all sides. Butter or spray the sides (but not the bottom) of the foil with baking spray.

To make the base, blend flour, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor, then add butter and pulse until mixture forms pea-sized lumps. Pour into prepared pan, then press down firmly all over with a metal spatula to form an even layer.

Bake in middle of oven until golden and firm to the touch, 15 to 17 minutes, then cool in pan on a rack.

While base is cooling, melt butter in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat and stir in sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Boil over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel registers 245 degrees Farenheit on a candy thermometer, about eight minutes.

Carefully stir in cranberries. At this point the caramel will seize. Allow the caramel to melt back down, stirring, as necessary, to prevent burning. Boil until caramel returns to 245 degrees Farenheit.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then stir in pecans until well coated.

Working quickly, spread caramel topping over base, using a fork to distribute nuts and berries evenly. Cool completely.

Lift bars in foil from pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into six vertical strips, then five horizontal strips to form 30 bars.

Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Alternately, melt in the microwave, stopping to stir every 20 seconds.

Transfer chocolate to piping bag or small heavy-duty sealable plastic bag. If using a sealable plastic bag, seal top and snip off a tiny piece of one corner to form a hole. Pipe chocolate decoratively over bars. Let stand at room temperature until chocolate sets, about one hour.

Recipe from Apple A Day, originally from Epicurious.com

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20 Responses to “Cookie Dough Brownies”

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    stephchows — December 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    this is such a fantastic idea!! I would make cookie dough batter with my friends in middle school… leave out the eggs, and just eat it with a spoon LOL so good!

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    nutmegnanny — December 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    This looks awesome! Since I’m a huge fan of cookie dough I know I will love this recipe 🙂

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    Lauren — December 7, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Ha – my husband loves the dough more than the cookie as well. I starred these – DEFINITELY making them soon.

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    We Are Not Martha — December 7, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Oooh these look delicious!! And combine the best of 2 worlds 🙂

    Sues

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    laurasrecipecollection — December 8, 2009 at 12:17 am

    holy cow! cookie dough + brownie? I think I’m in heaven

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    Justin — December 8, 2009 at 4:21 am

    what a cool idea for the cookie dough layer. i used to make raw cookie dough (with egg beaters) and keep it in the freezer just for snacking

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    oneordinaryday — December 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Yum. I made a similar recipe but I put a thin chocolate ganache on top. It’s one of the best recipes I’ve posted, but I’m a sucker for that raw dough.

    I think I might have to agree with your bro and hubby. I love chocolate chip cookies, but it’s the dough that makes me weak in the knees! This recipe is right up my alley.

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    Jelli Bean — December 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    These look great! I also let my husband lick the beaters, but occasionally I slink behind the counter beside the sink and keep all the batter for myself. He’s usually too involved with TV to even notice.

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    Ingrid — December 10, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    LOL, oh my gosh! I just noticed this had a anti-Weight Watchers label. How funny!

    Those look insanely good!!Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    ~ingrid

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    e — December 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    My high school made cookie dough covered brownies back in the day. They had a cult following and always sold out before the last lunch period. I never understood why you needed the brownie when a spoon works just fine.

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    laquillen — December 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Oh man. So sinful. Reminds me of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream “Half Baked. Half brownie, half cookie dough. I can’t say no to that stuff.

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    whatwelovemost — December 11, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Yummmm!! Oh my goodnessIsao adore cookie dough… This combination is beautiful!

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    Peggy — December 13, 2009 at 11:46 am

    sounds delicious!

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    Miss Yunks — December 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    these brownies looked so good I tried to make them myself! I love cookie dough AND brownies – perfect combo! Yours look much better of course. Here are mine: http://foodiesatworkdotcom.blogspot.com/2009/12/cookie-dough-brownies.html

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    Liesl — December 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    YUM! These sound great!

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    A & W — December 30, 2009 at 8:53 am

    AHHHH these look amaaazzzinnngggg. A little late in finding these but yeah I’m gonna need to make them.
    -Whitney

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    A & W — December 30, 2009 at 8:53 am

    AHHHH these look amaaazzzinnngggg. A little late in finding these but yeah I’m gonna need to make them.
    -Whitney

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    bcallegra — January 11, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I just made these and they got rave reviews at work! Definitely a keeper – thanks, as always, for sharing a great recipe and photos!

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    Jade — April 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    The best of both worlds!! These look awesome.

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    PIYALI CHATTERJEE — October 19, 2016 at 12:20 am

    AWESOME,,,,,,,,,,,,Thank you.

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