Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters Recipe

Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters 

This Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters Recipe is a holiday favorite we make for treats every year. With toasted pecans, homemade caramel sauce and chocolate, everyone adores these.

Course Dessert
Author kitchenfun3sons


  • 2 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1 stick butter butter
  • 1 packed cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 12 ounce package milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening


  1. In a large skillet, toast the pecans over medium high heart for a few minutes.
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Arrange the toasted pecans in groups of 3 leaving about an inch of space between each group. Set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  5. Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Cook and stir continuously until it reaches 235-240F on a candy thermometer.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon of caramel over each cluster, set aside.
  8. Fill a pot about 1/4 of the way with water, and fit with a bowl that wont touch the bottom of the pot to create a double boiler.
  9. Heat the pot over medium heat.
  10. After letting it heat up for a few minutes, start to stir the chocolate chips until they are fully melted and smooth.
  11. Stir in the shortening and spoon about 1/2 tablespoon on the top of each cluster.
  12. Once the chocolate has cooled serve immediately or store in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer of clusters.