Here’s the thing with brownies – they can make your day instantly better. That’s why I’m sharing my recipe for Dulce de Leche Turtle Brownies – rich chocolate base, covered in crunchy pretzels, and topped with dulce de leche. What more could you ask for? 

Dulce de Leche Turtle Brownies

If we had grown up together, you would know that my mom makes the best brownies. Hands down, the best brownies you’ll ever taste. I think I went to baking and pastry school because of those brownies – they were baked at least 3-4 times a week and we were just a small family of five. But my mother would always have a tray of them baked (she has this rectangular light blue glass pyrex pan she uses), whether it was for us or to share with friends, who also knew of my mother’s famous brownies.

Inspired by my mother’s love for making brownies (oddly enough, she doesn’t eat them as much), I’ve created plenty of brownie recipes on the blog and think that one more is necessary: these Dulce de Leche Turtle Brownies are so delicious, it’s fair enough to say they are almost as good as my mom’s. If you’ve never had dulce de leche, think of a richer caramel – it’s the Latin version of it and so delicious! You can find it at grocery stores everywhere now, as well as online. Looking for more brownie recipes? Try these:

Pumpkin Spiced Brownie Cups by Cooking with Books

Espresso Chocolate Chip Brownies by Nutmeg Nanny

Red Wine Brownies by Cooking with Books

Guiness Stout Skillet Brownies by Pineapple & Coconut

Graham Cracker Brownie Bars by Cooking with Books

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites by The Lemon Bowl

Dulce de Leche Turtle Brownies

Dulce de Leche Turtle Brownies

Print Recipe
Dulce de Leche Turtle Brownies
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups mini pretzels
  • 1 cup dulce de leche


  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease a square pan with butter.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract. Add sugar and let dissolve over low heat.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in eggs.
  • Fold in flour and baking powder. Do not over mix! Pour batter into greased pan and top with pretzels. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until baked. Top drizzled with dulce de leche and enjoy!
Servings: 9 large brownies or 18 small brownies


Dulce de Leche Turtle Brownies

Photography by Stacey Rupolo / Recipe by Cooking with Books 

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