Buffalo Bills Tailgating Recipe: Turtle Brownies


Buffalo Bills Tailgating Recipe: Turtle Brownies

Since the Buffalo Bills are playing against the Cleveland Browns in their second preseason game, it’s only appropriate that this week’s tailgating recipe is brownies. See what I did there? These aren’t your average brownies though; they’re chocolate turtle brownies! 

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Inspired by a classic Betty Crocker recipe and adapted after several baking attempts at home, these brownies are super simple to make and can be transported to any pre-game event or tailgate in one container. Not to mention, they’re delicious!

My advice is to make a batch to take to the tailgate party and make a batch to keep for yourself, because these will be gobbled up quickly. The recipe below serves 20 people and takes approximately an hour to make. Go Bills!



  • 9 tablespoons of butter
  •  1 and 1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 5 oz of milk chocolate
  •  1/2 a cup of all purpose flour / gluten free flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • 3 beaten eggs

Turtle Topping

  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 40 ml of cream
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  •  1 cup of chopped, toasted pecans


1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Grease a 9 inch square tin.

3. Heat the butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Stir together on low heat until all the sugar has dissolved.

4. While your sugar is dissolving, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, on a medium heat.

5. Once the chocolate has melted, add it to the dissolved sugar and butter. Stir the mixtures together until they’re fully combined. Then take the mixture off the heat and let it cool.

6. Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl. Mix together the beaten egg, chocolate, and flour with a spoon until a batter forms.

7. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and cook for 25-35 minutes.

Note: If you want to use a box mix for the brownies, feel free to. Just follow the instructions on the box for your brownie mix and top the brownies with the caramel, pecan sauce recipe below once they are cool.

For the caramel sauce:

1. Add the water, sugar, and salt to a saucepan, over a low to medium heat. Cook the mixture until the sugar dissolves and then turn up the heat allow it bubble and boil. Swirl the pot to make sure the mixture caramelizes. Be gentle with it. Don’t stir it too roughly.

2. Once the mixture starts to caramelize and turns golden brown in color, turn the heat off on your stove.

3. Add the cream and vanilla to your caramel. Once it starts bubbling, start to stir it with a spatula or spoon.

4. Mix in your toasted pecans. Pour the pecan caramel over the top of the brownies.

5. Top the brownies with chocolate chips if you would like. You can also experiment with different toppings  like coconut shavings, peanuts, butterscotch chips, etc. Allow the brownies to cool and place them in the fridge to chill. Cut and serve the brownies as soon as they are cold.

Bon’ appetite!

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