Kid-Friendly Recipe: Chocolate Tortoises

Written by contributor Britney Manuel of A Simply Raw Life and BtanJerine.

Whenever I am in the kitchen, my daughter in not too far behind. She loves to help when I am cooking. So I’m always looking for “jobs” she can do to contribute. I came across a wonderful recipe that is geared towards small hands: chocolate tortoises. Because what kid doesn’t love food that looks like animals? They can count and arrange the legs (or cashews), place the caramel on top, and add the pecan shell over the chocolate. And they are amazed to see the tortoises take shape with their pecan shell.

These little guys also make a great gift. Simply place the tortoises individually in a nice baking cup and place in a box.

Chocolate Tortoises Recipe


48 roasted cashews
12 roasted hazelnuts
12 roasted pecans
12 soft caramels
4 oz. semisweet chocolate



Preheat oven to 325 degrees. On a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet, make 12 clusters by arranging 4 cashews and 1 hazelnut (the cashews will be the tortoises’ legs, and the hazelnuts, the heads). With your fingers, gently flatten caramels and place one on top of each cluster.

Bake until caramels just begin to melt, 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile, melt chocolate on the stove until melted. Dollop 1 teaspoon chocolate onto each caramel and top with a pecan. Refrigerate until chocolate sets, about 30 minutes (or up to 2 days). Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 12


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7 Responses to Kid-Friendly Recipe: Chocolate Tortoises

  1. Trina | January 28, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Yum! These look delicious!

  2. Felicia February 1, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    What a fun kids cooking project!

    • Britney February 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      It really is a great kid project. I think also enforcing the idea of sharing them with friends to remind them that there’s more happiness in giving than receiving. And look we are teaching and they didn’t even know it! Another point for mom! 🙂

  3. Tasha February 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    We make something like this, usually at christmas. Here’s how we do it,

    Pretzels (they are the base of the ‘turtle’)

    Line a tray with pretzels, and put a rolo on every pretzel.
    pop in a heated oven until the rolos are soft, usually 3 or 4 minutes
    as they come out squish a pecan on top of each one

    • Britney February 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      That sounds good too. Anything that’s salty and sweet is always a good combination.

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