Chocolate Turtle Pie

Chocolate Turtle Pie5 This is the best time of year to bake, am I right?  The holidays are coming and there’s excitement in the air.  I’m struggling with the fact that I only have about twenty more days to bake Christmas cookies and other treats.  

When I bake, I love how the oven heats the house up and makes it nice and cozy – especially if it’s snowing outside.  I love the smell of caramelized sugar and butter in the air.  I love making a mess with frosting, sprinkles and dough. 

I love when a holiday pie experiment turns into a success.  I baked this Chocolate Turtle Pie for a Virtual Bake Day with Gold Medal Flour.
Gold Medal Logo LG Chocolate Turtle Pie 2 I used Gold Medal bleached all-purpose flour in the pie dough, along with butter, some salt, sugar and ice water.  After the pie dough was made, I placed it in a pie dish and baked it until light golden in color and crisp. 

The filling of the pie is a rich chocolate custard, made with half-n-half, unsweetened chocolate, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and cornstarch.  It just gets better and better because next comes a layer of sweetened whipped cream, followed by chopped toasted pecans, followed by salted caramel sauce.  That wasn’t quite enough for me, because then I added a drizzle of melted chocolate on top. 

There.  Perfect.  Who wouldn’t love this pie at a potluck or holiday party?  It was so good!

Chocolate Turtle Pie3 Please check out all of the other bloggers recipes participating in the Virtual Bake Day with Gold Medal Flour!

-Eat Live Run made Soft Baked Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies
-Baker Royals made Coconut and Raspberry Financiers
-What’s Gaby Cooking made Peppermint Cookie Brownies
-Gimme Some Oven made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
-Wanna Be a Country Cleaver made Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies
-Averie Cooks made Brown Sugar Topped Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake
-Foodie Crush made Coconut Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup
-Texanerin made Cranberry Lemon and Ginger Muffins
-Completely Delicious made Cranberry Orange Breakfast Knots

Wow… everything sounds amazing.  I want to bake it all!

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Chocolate Turtle Pie

Pastry Dough
  • 1 1/2 cups Gold Medal Bleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 tablespoons ice water
  • 2 cups half-n-half
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
To make the pastry dough: in a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar and salt.  Knead in butter, using fingertips, until well incorporated and mealy.  Toss in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, until dough is moist.  Use your hands to gather the dough into a ball; shape into a disc.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll dough out thinly, on a lightly floured surface, into a round that fits the size of the pie dish; transfer dough to pie dish and crimp edges.  Chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Fill pie crust with pie weights.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until crust is light golden brown and crisp.

To make the filling, whisk together half-n-half, cornstarch, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk the egg yolks together in a medium bowl.  Continue to whisk and cook the cream mixture until it starts to simmer.  Gradually whisk some of the hot cream into the egg yolks; whisk the egg-cream mixture back into saucepan with remaining cream.  Cook and whisk the mixture until it thickens into a pudding-like mixture.  Strain pudding into a large bowl,  Stir in unsweetened chocolate until melted.  Stir in vanilla until combined. Cool filling until just barely warm; spread filling into baked, cooled pie crust.

To make the whipped cream, beat together cream and sugar in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on high speed, until stiff peaks form.  Pipe or spread whipped cream onto pie.

To make the caramel sauce, melt together caramels, cream and salt in a small bowl, in the microwave (about 1 minute), stirring until melted and smooth.

Sprinkle pecans on top of pie.  Drizzle with caramel and melted chocolate. 

Makes 9 servings

This post was sponsored by Gold Medal Flour


  1. Oh, gosh. I haven't had turtle anything in years! I would love to try this. It sounds amazing and it's so Christmas-y! Yeah. There should be more pie at Christmas! :)

    1. I agree! I love turtle desserts at Christmas!

  2. Yay, I was happy to see you as one of the bloggers! As always, your pie looks delicious.

  3. Oh my goodness -- this would definitely be a showstopper at a holiday party. So beautiful!!

  4. I am a turtle LOVER! This looks realllly good! Yum!

  5. oh make the most gorgeous things...

  6. Was thinking of making a chocolate cream pie for a party this weekend. Now I'm thinking I should make a chocolate turtle pie!

    I have a turtle pie recipe where the caramel sauce and pecans are on the bottom and the filling is whipped chocolate ganache. You would likely dig it!



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