If you’re anything like I am, then one of the best words you can hear when it comes to food is: TURTLE.

After all, what could possibly beat a tasty Turtle Soup, Turtle Noodle Salad, or maybe a nice, tender Braised Turtle?

Mmmm MMM!

I love them so, it just makes me want to…blech.

Okay, so I looked at one too many shots of turtles which had been stewed, skewered, and ceremoniously sliced open in the name of making stomachs everywhere churn, and I can’t even finish the above sentence without feeling a bit of a lurch in my digestive region.

So, before we al upchuck lose our appetites, let me clarify:

I really do love all things turtle when it comes to food but more specifically when it comes to the dessert variety of food that involves ingredients like chocolate, caramel, and pecans.

(My stomach, which only just a moment ago swore off food for life, is suddenly rumbling).

So, when I tried (and by “tried,” I mean “inhaled about 10 of”) these scrumptious and ridiculously easy-to-make treats during our Christmas visit with my husband’s family, I instantly knew—with a certainty akin to what I felt when I called our firstborn, Ezra, a girl for the first five months he was in my womb—that I would be sharing these morsels of turtle-y delight with you guys.

Lucky for you, I was actually right this time since I managed to get them made and photographed yesterday before the mad scramble to get out the door to the gym (please don’t ask if my laundry’s done).

So, without further nonsense (for now), I give you…

Turtle Pretzel Bites (featuring the Rolo):


Here’s what you need:


And here’s what you do:

1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.


2. Melt 1 TBS of butter in a microwave safe bowl (about 15-20 seconds), then toss your pecans in the melted butter until coated with deliciously caloric goodness.

3. Place pecans on a cookie sheet, and sprinkle moderately with salt (the below picture is of my pecans sprinkled liberally…I got distracted by Della’s doing acrobatics in her high chair when she was supposed to be eating blueberries and got a little carried away with my salting…nothing a paper towel and some annoyed grumbling couldn’t fix).


4. Bake buttery salted pecans on the top rack of your oven for 5-7 minutes. (Watch ‘em, though. These little suckers love to burn the minute you turn your back!).

5. Smoosh your Rolos, using whatever method you like best. I had Della sit on squashed mine with the palm of my hand, so clearly no specialized tools are necessary.


5. Layer your ingredients, starting with the pretzel, then the Rolo, then the pecan.


6. Stuff turtle morsel in your mouth, and let the perfect blend of creamy/crunchy and salty/sweet wash away the scarring images from the first paragraph.

Disclaimer: Turtle Pretzel Bites will in no way help you (or me) reach any desired weight or achieve any health-related goals for the New Year. They will, however, ease the Christmas-is-over-and-I-no-longer-have-a-good-excuse-for-large-scale-indulgence Blues as long as you only eat two (okay, three) a day.

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  1. I love the salted pecans part. Caramel + salt= yum
    When I’ve made these I put rolos on pretzels and cooked them 1-2 minutes to soften the candy and then squished the nut on top. I usually drizzle white chocolate to make them fancy looking.

  2. These look DELISH!!! Thanks for sharing and love your ingredients displayed on the chalkboard. I too have a acrobat in the highchair loving kiddo! Mine loves to wiggle up to a standing position and then look around with BIG eyes, like do you SEE me? 🙂

  3. These look so impressive! I’m not a huge nut fan, so these even look safe to make for a party because I would actually stay out of them while simultaneously impressing my guests, LOL!

    Thanks for dropping by Happy Hour Projects, I’m returning the follow! I’d love for you to add Freestyle Friday to your link party list too! 🙂


  4. we made the Turtles for Halloween. We actually put used buttered pretzel rounds and then baked them in the oven for 2 minutes with the Rolos on top! The minute they came out, we squashed on the pecans! either way, amazingly tasty. glad I stopped over from A Bowl Full of Lemons. Check me out too: https://www.myjudythefoodie.com Happy New Year

  5. Oh those look fabulous, I could do that! Thank you for stopping by, I am following you and looking forward to fabulous posts


  6. We made these for Christmas and they are fantastic! Also, our church’s cafe does a Turtle coffee and it is the best thing I’ve ever tasted!

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