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Turtle Bars

on June 13, 2014

This may seem weird, but sometimes I get very nostalgic thinking about bars. Back in the day, bars seemed to be a hot item for all of the gatherings that involved coffee in the afternoon. Grandma brought bars or sweets to church groups like Ladies Aid and Circle, donated baked goods to events like coffee after church or funerals, and brought treats to innumerable family gatherings. I have a lot of memories of these events since I was there to be shown off for a lot of them! I was even paid a dollar to sing “Beautiful Savior” for one Ladies Aid meeting (a song which has become a family favorite since two of our children were involved for eight years in the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival and that song is the festival’s traditional emotional ending). The aroma of coffee, tuna or ham sandwiches, and sweets bring back those times and I can still see Grandma moving from table to table talking to friends and laughing and joking with them. She knew and loved everyone at those events. and she knew how to let everyone know it. There are a lot of recipes for bars in Grandma’s recipe box, but I have to say I think she really liked chocolate and caramel. Those are the main ingredients in a lot of her bar recipes and these Turtle Bars are no exception.

Turtle Bars

Turtle Bars 2

These are great, chewy, caramel-ly bars!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Turtle Bars

Combine until crumbly:

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter, melted

Take off 3/4 cup to use for topping.

Put into 9″ x 13″ cake pan – do not grease pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Put on top of crust:

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 12 ounce butterscotch ice cream topping to which is added 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Over the top of this, add reserved 3/4 cup crumble topping.

Bake another 15 minutes.


I patted down the crumbly mixture before baking.

The next ingredient addition is all the good stuff!


Once it’s baked, it turns to caramel-ly goodness.


Chocolate and caramel are so good with coffee.


You’ll enjoy these bars as much as I do.

Make a pan today!






One response to “Turtle Bars

  1. mom says:

    i can just see her!!!!!!!!!!!!

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