Turtle Trifle

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Servings: 10 to 12
Prep Time: 2 hours 15 min
Cook Time: 55 min
Difficulty: Easy

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2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup butter, melted
4 large eggs
3 cups chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups toasted whole pecans, (1 cup chopped, 1 cup whole) divided, plus more for garnish
Brownies, recipe follows
Whipped Cream, recipe follows
Caramel syrup


3 sticks butter, melted
5 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs, whisked
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1 cup milk chocolate morsels

Whipped Cream:

3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar





In a large saucepan, add the sugar, corn syrup, salt and melted butter. Stir to combine well. Add the eggs and 1 cup chopped pecans. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat, and simmer stirring frequently for 10 minutes. Add the vanilla and remove from the heat to cool completely. Set aside.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.

In a saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate, constantly stirring to incorporate. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the sugar and the eggs. Using a hand-held mixer, beat together until well combined. Add the flour, vanilla, and the salt. Fold in the milk chocolate morsels.

Add the butter and chocolate mixture that was set aside. Mix together with a spatula while folding in 1 cup of whole toasted pecans. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the brownies are done, about 35 minutes Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before assembling.

Whipped Cream:
3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
In a large bowl add the cream and the sugar and whisk together until soft peaks form.

In a trifle dish, layer the brownies, pecan mixture, whipped cream, caramel syrup, and toasted whole pecans, as desired.

Cook’s Note: It is recommended that the trifle be chilled for 2 hours before serving.

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Reader Comments:


I made this recipe and it was the bomb!!! Everyone loved it and I bragged about Paula for a while. Im gonna make this at Thanksgiving and see how the family will react. It's gonna be the best evryone will think it took me all night long. Thanks to you,Paula your the best!!!!! Luv ya, Jennifer

By Anonymous on November 15, 2013


I made this using a recipe in her magazine. It may have been a Dec issue in 2009 or 2010. This is not quite the same. Can you post the one from the magazine. It's called Turtle Trifle, but calling for a brownie fudge box mix & Cool Whip, as I recall. Linda H

By Anonymous on August 12, 2011


Hey Jessica! Try using confectioners sugar, it will hold up better. Whip to a stiff peak. Happy Cooking!

By Libbie Summers, Senior Food Editor for Paula Deen on July 04, 2011


my whipping cream got runny after it had set out while guests were finishing their meal and starting on the dessert. It didn't 'stand up' per se. Did I do something wrong? I whipped it until it had the peaks and such. Help. smile

By Jessica Baker on June 27, 2011


Hi JT, Thank you for pointing this out. The recipe has been corrected.

By Jonathan Able on April 27, 2011


this recipe for this brownie turtle trufel does not tell you how to assemble.

By JT MYERS on April 21, 2011


How is it all put together? And in what container?

By Anonymous on February 23, 2011


This sounds extremely good, but in what order should I assemble it?

By Brandi on December 13, 2010


Wow, the best ever . I made it for Thanksgiving and it was a hit !!! Everyone wanted the recipie !I told them my sist'a Paula deen and Jeanie collins made it ! What a great team they make !!

By Anonymous on December 09, 2010


This is one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. It will be made a lot.

By Anonymous on November 29, 2010


By Anonymous on November 16, 2010


I watched the show featuring this recipe and it looked so good and easy to make. I think i'll try it this thanksgiving, it will be a real treat.

By Anonymous on November 13, 2010


My co-worker made this yesterday and brought it to the office - WOW!!! This was sooooo yummy my mouth is watering as I type this! I don't like pecans so I'm gonna try peanuts.

By Anonymous on November 03, 2010

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