Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pay it Forward Turtle Brownies

I've mentioned before (probably more times than you cared to read about) the United Way fundraiser/raffle I've been involved in. Well, finally the last of the goodies have been baked. The final of the 5 winners took a while to make her decision. I was beginning to think she never would make up her mind :-) But when she finally did, WOW what a great choice! And not just what she picked but who she picked. She very graciously decided to donate her prize to the NICU nurses at the hospital where I work, for all that they do. I thought it was a great "pay it forward" gesture. She rewarded them with the Over the Top Turtle Brownies I had made for one of the other winners. This is a great recipe, rich, gooey, chewy and oh so fudgy.

Over the Top Turtle Brownies

1/2 cup butter
4 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 jar (450 g.) Dulce de Leche caramel spread


  1. Melt butter and chocolate together. Stir in brown sugar, eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  2. Add salt, flour and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9 inch square pan. (I doubled the recipe and used a 9x13 pan)
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and spread Dulce de Leche evenly over top, then sprinkle pecans over the top. Spoon remaining brownie batter on top and smooth it out.
  6. Return to oven and bake for about another 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, cool and cut into squares. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

I just had to show you my little confused visitor from yesterday. He was wondering where spring went!! Just a little snow left now, but chilly tonight!


Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Oh Suzy, I would have a hard time "paying-it-forward" on those scrumptious brownies. Very thoughtful of her. Mr. Robin found a patch of grass to get his worm :-) Some of our robins stay for the entire winter, silly birds.

Dishesdone said...

That was a really nice nice thing! and must have been a tough decision, those brownies look super fantastic!

Excellent picture!

Soon we'll all have spring, but we've been having a nice one on your blog! I love what you show us! Nice post, Suzy!

Foley said...

With those brownies it wouldn't have taken so long for me to make the desision! Very nice to donate them to the NICU...

I'm anxious to see my first robin..hope it's soon!

Great photo and post!

Jayne said...

OMG, Suzy, those are just awesome looking. So nice of you to do all ths baking for a good cause and how generous of the wnner to donate them. Sweet birdie, hope it's warm for him soon!

Cathy said...

Fantastic brownies. I haven't indulged my sweet tooth in a long time so today might be the day.

Hope it warms up around here sometime soon. I'm tired of this cold weather.

Marsha said...

Those are the best looking brownies! My favorite candy made into a brownie...what's not to love?

I love the little robin searching for worms in the snow. Spring has to be here for good soon!

Thanks for another wonderful post.

Cynthia said...

Oh Suzy, how kind and thoughtful your recipient is to think of the NICU nurses. And what a sweetie you are to have come up with the raffle idea and to donate your time and ingredients to make such wonderful goodies.

I just love it!

Your robin pic is unique.... I bet he IS confused.

Kathleen said...

How nice of her to donate the treat to the nurses..They sure deserve it, and the brownies look excellent!...
really, really god, I am so hungry!
And our ground is finally clear!

Sara said...

oooh, I think I must have these! I'm salivating just thinking about it. Yum!

Sara said...

These look amazing, I love caramel, especially in brownies!

Kathleen said...

that should be GOOD! :)

SusanQ said...

I'm not sure how I missed your brownie post until this morning, Suzy! They look so good and congratulations on your photo! Right now I'm laughing at Kathleen's typo.

What a wonderful gesture and I love the pay it forward attitude ;)

We saw the first robin of the year in our yard yesterday afternoon - Woo-hoo! I love their song.

Sophie said...

Great photos, I especially like those brownies! Turtles are my favorite chocolates :).

Kevin said...

Those turtle brownies look so good!

James said...

Those turtle brownies lookS so yummy!
I would like to eat now. Let me try by follow your above mentioned recipe and directions. Thanks for recipe and directions.

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