Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rolo Pretzel Turtles - Super Easy Turtle Candy

Super easy turtle candies, made from pretzels, rolo or caramel kisses, and then topped with pecan. Delicious, easy and a great holiday candy to get the children involved to help make.

Rolo Pretzel Turtles

These little Rolo Pretzel Turtles are about the easiest and most clever candy recipe anybody could have thought up. Made from mini pretzels, rolo candies or caramel kisses, and a pecan half, they are a super easy treat to do with your kids.

I always do a cookie and candy tray every year, but didn't get around to doing as much homemade as I usually do, so I let the grocery store give me a hand this year with some of it. I even grabbed some of my favorite New Orleans creamy pralines, Aunt Sally's Sugar & Spice Pralines (with hot sauce, oh yeah!) that thankfully we can get right here at our local Rouses Grocery, and added those to the tray. I also picked up a strawberry filled Christmas King Cake.

I put together a large tray of assorted cookies and candies for our table, like I always do, and since I needed to return a plate to my neighbor across the street, I thought that I would load it up before returning it. She and I do this back and forth all the time - she brings me a plate of Chap Chae, I wash the dish, fill it up with cookies or cake or something and return it. Then she brings me a plate of something else, and the cycle goes on and on! I love it though.

In the midst of making the second plate, The Cajun walked in, saw the bigger tray I had done earlier and asked "who is that for?" "It's for us," I say. A few minutes later after these turtle candies had set, I added some of them to the small plate and announced that I was going across the street. "I knew those were for somebody else," the Cajun says. I roll my eyes and say, "I'm not taking that tray honey, I'm taking this plate. I told you that tray was for us." Geez, men. Do they ever listen? Anyway...

This is one super easy little candy that takes zero time to throw together and is a nice little add on to any cookie tray. Pretty much everybody has heard of these already, they certainly weren't my idea because they are all over the internet, but they're a pretty good idea whoever thought them up! I didn't spray my foil this first round (meaning yes, I will be making more of these) but added that when I wrote that up since I think that might help with peeling them off the foil. Either that or use the quick release foil, or parchment paper, because these are a bit sticky.

You can also top these with a variety of things other than nuts - sprinkles, coconut, chocolate covered coffee beans, or M&M candies to name a few. Dolly from over on the Facebook page, tells me in Kentucky, these are called "Redneck Turtles." How can ya not love that?!

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Recipe: Rolo Pretzel Turtles

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 2 min | Yield: Many

  • 1 package of buttersnap, waffle or mini pretzels
  • 1 package of Rolo candies or caramel kisses
  • 1 package of pecan halves, almonds, walnuts, or large peanuts
  • Melted chocolate or almond bark to drizzle, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray, or use parchment paper. Line up as many pretzels as you want on the foil. Unwrap the same number of Rolo candies or caramel kisses and place one on top of each pretzel with the pointed side up. Pull out and line up an equal amount of pecan halves and set them close by. Stick the tray in the oven for about 2 minutes - just long enough to soften the candy. Remove from the oven and place a pecan half on top of each chocolate, gently pressing down, let them set. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

~Cook's Notes~

I slid the foil onto a cooling rack and then stuck the rack in the fridge to get them to set since I was in a hurry to get some of them on a cookie plate! You might have more patience than me. These are a bit sticky on the bottom from caramel that oozes out underneath, but we can live with that, right? Just peel them off the sheet and put them into little foil cups, or stack them up on a cookie tray.

Variation: Top pretzels with regular Hershey kisses, and use regular M&M candies on top. Use the red and green holiday M&Ms for Christmas. You can also top these with a variety of things other than nuts - sprinkles, coconut, or chocolate covered coffee beans are all good ideas.


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