In the middle of December my stomach growls for baked goods. This time of year always reminds me of the loads of treats that my mom bakes for Christmas. Some of my favorite treats include snail rolls, cheese buns, cinnamon buns with loads of icing, and candied bark. Every year at this time, my ticking stomach time bomb goes off and immediately wants to discretely tell my mom to get baking! This year, I decided to take action and try something new. These turtle bars will definitely be on the list of favorites for years to come.

I found this recipe on the Real Simple website (Real Simple)and it had some great reviews. However, some of the other recipes I was looking at didn’t have a peep of positiveness from its users. My favourite reviews are the ones where people say “I will NEVER make this one again!” They clearly were not living the dream when they were baking. Here on The Male Baker, I am always living the dream so believe me about the quality of baked good’s on here. Try em out! You may even surprise yourself.

Makes one 9X13 inch pan (16-32 servings depending if you want growing boy servings, or “I am not much of a sweets person” servings)


2 cups                           All-purpose flour
1/2 cup                        Confectioners’ sugar
1 cup                             Salted butter
1 14-ounce can         Sweetened condensed milk
1 large                          Egg, beaten
1 tsp                              Pure vanilla extract
1 cup                             Pecans, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup                       Semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup                            Butterscotch chips


  • Heat oven to 350°F and line a 13X9 inch baking pan with parchment paper
  • Combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until a crumbly dough is formed.
  • Press the dough firmly into a greased 9-by-13-inch pan.
  • Bake until just golden, about 13 minutes.
  • Whisk together the condensed milk, egg, and vanilla.
  • Pour the filling over the baked crust. Sprinkle the pecans, chocolate chips, and butterscotch pieces evenly over the filling.
  • Bake until the filling is set, the edges are golden brown, and the toffee is melted, about 25 minutes.
  • Cool completely in the refrigerator, about 2 hours. Cut into however many bars you would like. Enjoy cold by themselves!