TURTLE SHELLS (and Turtle Drumsticks) YUM!!!!

Judy Drietz Recipe

By Judy Drietz casualgal

yield: 32

Eye candy! So pretty and so delicious! My daughter got this recipe many years ago from a co-worker at a holiday pot luck. It has been at the top of my Christmas baking list ever since. Easy to make, not real quick but once you taste them I'm sure you will agree they're well worth your time. Who ever thought that salad shells topped with caramel, pecans and chocolate could be so good?

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1 pkg
azteca salad shells (5.6 oz.)
1 pkg
caramels (12 oz.)
1/2 c
sweetened condensed milk
1 c
milk chocolate chips
1-2 c
coarsely chopped pecans

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut shells into 8 pie-shaped wedges with a pizza cutter. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove shells and place on waxed paper.
Place caramels and sweetened condensed milk in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium for 3 minutes, stir and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted and smooth.
One at a time, spread a layer of caramel onto cooled shells; immediately place the caramel covered wedge upside down into shallow container of coarsely chopped pecans, pressing down lightly. Remove and place (right side up) back onto the waxed paper. If caramel becomes difficult to work with, reheat it in microwave for 30 seconds. If it gets too thick, add a little more sweetened condensed milk.
Once you are all done with the caramel and pecans, microwave milk chocolate chips on low for 1 minute, stir and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted. (Be careful not to overheat as they burn easily.) Put melted chocolate in a plastic sandwich bag, secure with a twist tie; cut a tiny corner off the bag and drizzle chocolate over caramel and pecans.
Once chocolate is set, place between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container. They will stay fresh longer if kept in the refrigerator.
NOTE: If you have leftover caramel and pecans make some TURTLE DRUMSTICKS using pretzel rods. Cut or break the rods in half and dip the broken end into melted caramel. Reserve about an inch at the end to use as a handle, and spread smooth with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Immediately roll in pecans and place on waxed paper until set. Drizzle with melted chocolate along with the wedges.

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Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Dec 15, 2011
OhMyGoodness...I think I smell a winner here!!!
These are so cute, and I'll bet they taste even better.
I love caramel ANYTHING.
Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.
Lynn Hoar lynnhoar
Dec 15, 2011
Hello Judy,

These treats look amazing and i would love to try a batch of these for Christmas!! I'm in the Northeast (MA) and have never heard of or seen salad shells at the grocery store. Are they the soft flour tortilla shells? Thats the only thing i can think of. Can you help?
Thank you!!!

Judy Drietz casualgal
Dec 15, 2011
Lynn - Azteca Salad Shells are located in the refrigerated section near the cold tortillas. Ask your grocer... maybe you just never noticed them? They come in a white box with purple lettering, 10"x10"x1"(4 in a pkg.) I had no idea they weren't available nationally. They are similar to a flour tortilla but lighter and flakier. I have never tried to bake a tortilla shell in the oven but it might be worth a try. I suppose you could even make tortillas from scratch and roll them extra thin. I sure hope you can find them... otherwise I might have to mail you some! They are scrumptious :) GOOD LUCK!
Judy Drietz casualgal
Dec 15, 2011
Cindy - You're welcome! They are really unique and they taste just as good as they look. Try the TURTLE DRUMSTICKS I mentioned at the end... they are really good, too.
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Dec 15, 2011
I have what is probably a dumb question, but here goes anyway.
Since you said these are lighter and flakier than flour tortillas...I was thinking, do you think they would work to use in making dumplings in soups???
When I'm in a hurry I cut flour tortillas into strips and then cut into and drop into the broth and they fluff up just like a dumpling.
Since these are lighter n flakier I thought maybe they would work even better.
What do you think????
Judy Drietz casualgal
Dec 15, 2011
Cindy, Didn't you learn in school that there is no such thing as a dumb question?? The salad shells have a slightly different taste and texture but I personally have no idea how they would cook up compared to a regular flour tortilla. Just considering the cost of the salad shells ($2.00 - $2.50 for pkg. of 4), the flour tortillas are much more economical. HAPPY COOKING :)
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Dec 15, 2011
WOW...I guess that would be more economical. Thanks for answering.

No, not really....as I grew up in a one-room school and there were only 2 teachers to divide up the 7-grades SO, they didn't like "dumb" questions and would tell us so.
There was one teacher for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades and then one teacher for 4th thru 7th.
When we got into the 8th grade they bussed us to the nearest town to go to school (in my case the nearest town was a 25 mile away).