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Upside-Down Turtle Muffins

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.

Makes

8 muffins

These gems feature an ooey-gooey caramel center and a glossy chocolate glaze topped with sweet pecans. They're perfect when you want something sweet. —Patrice Bruwer-Miller, Wyoming, Michigan
Upside-Down Turtle Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 Riesen's chewy chocolate-covered caramels, divided
  • 24 pecan halves

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, chopped pecans, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in the brown sugar, buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Press one caramel into the center of each muffin cup. Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the edge comes out clean.
  3. Cool for 1 minute; invert onto a baking sheet. Top muffins with remaining caramels; return to the oven for 1-2 minutes or until caramel is softened. Place three pecan halves on each muffin. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 334 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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