Chocolate Caramel Turtles – Anansi’s Party Time

We are cooking our way through books.  It means that whenever we come across some food in a children’s book, we cook it.  (You can read more about it HERE).   As soon as we finished reading Anansi’s Party Time  my kids started jumping up and down shouting, “But we MUST make Chocolate Turtles.”  And so we tried.  Six Sisters Stuff recipe struck our fancy.  This is a good recipe, if you like really sweet things.  However, it was too sweet for us.  Too much sugar, too much chocolate, too much caramel and too much nuts. And we decided that there was not enough of a base layer (the stuff that we did like).  So without wasting any time I set out to make the new version of Chocolate Turtles.  I doubled things we liked (eggs, butter and flour) but didn’t double the things that we didn’t like (sugar, chocolate, caramel and nuts) and it came out very go…oo…od.  We will definitely do it again.

You can find our Anansi’s Party Time Literature Unit here.  Now to baking!

Our Chocolate Turtle Brownies 
(serve with whipped cream)
4 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
1 cup butter
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
15 caramels
2 Tablespoons milk
All the ingredients for the Turtles.  Except the bird. 
  1. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut butter into small pieces and put in a large bowl. (We follow Waldorf curriculum and cutting with real knife is part of our program.  Please, use close supervision and if you haven’t introduced your child to knife yet, read up on some basic safety instructions first)
  3. Measure 3 cups of chocolate chips on top of butter.  (Measuring and cooking together is a great introduction to math)

  4. Melt in the microwave and stir until smooth. 
    Oh, melted chocolate and butter I could look at your for hours…
  5. Stir in eggs.  (I like to crack my eggs with a knife.  But I just took a cooking class in a fancy French cooking school and our instructor said that you are supposed to crack an egg against a flat surface, like a table top.  I personally thought it was a very bad idea.  Not only I saw some drips flying all over the table (contamination… food borne illness… no, thank you), but also his hand was covered with slime too.  So, knife it is for me). 
  6. Add in flour, sugar, baking soda and vanilla.  Stir together well. 
  7. Spread batter into the greased pan, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until set and toothpick comes out clean.  Our Turtles were done in 32 minutes.  It was a perfect time for it in our oven. 
  9. Microwave caramels and milk in a small bowl for about 1 minutes.  Stir and then microwave for 30 seconds more.  Repeat stirring and microwaving until melted and smooth.  Drizzle over warm brownies.  
    Look who is helping!  And he didn’t even try to eat it.
    We didn’t use Rolo though, we ended up using the Costco stuff,
    which you can see on the pic of all the ingredients
We liked it with whipped cream!
On a second thought what we ended up with is not much of a Chocolate Turtle, but more of a Chocolate Cake!  I guess we are still looking for a good Chocolate Turtle recipe.  Feel free to link your favorite recipes in the comments section.  
And here is what we’ve got when we followed Six Sisters Stuff recipe.  Hey, I couldn’t pass up a chance to post a cute pic, could I?  And we did end up eating the whole thing.  

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