Level: Easy
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 28 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 32 bars


Smurtles are for you if you enjoy turtle candies. You’ll like this wonderful bar cookie which is a twist on the classic favorite. Christine Boren of Provo, UT created this recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 pkg. (14 oz.) vanilla caramels
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

COMBINE oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add melted butter; stir until well combined. Press half of mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

COMBINE caramels and whipping cream in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Sprinkle morsels over baked crust. Drizzle caramel mixture evenly over the chocolate morsels. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over caramel layer.

BAKE 18 to 20 minutes or until top is light brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Yummy Smurtles

by p. patricia , Lufkin, TX on Aug. 2008

These was sooo easy to make and very good.I make this for my lady night meeting.They said that this was so perfect and with a cup of coffee they just love.they want me to bake for them next month.I definatey will be makeing this agane.

Best Cookies EVER!

by D. Danielle , Gilberts, IL on Mar. 2008

I love these and so did everyone who tasted them when I made them. I think they actually taste better the 2nd day. When they first come out of the oven (after cooling a bit) they're good but the next day they were great! I like to warm them up for 6-7 seconds in the microwave - YUMMY! I agree that it could use more caramel but it isn't necessary!

SOOO Good!!

by J. Janelle , SAINT JOHNS, MI on Oct. 2007

Not only are these easy to make, but they are so good. Every time I take them to a potluck or family gathering there are none left. Great if you love chocolate and caramel. Sometimes messy to eat but still worth it.


by R. R. , PLAINFIELD, IL on May. 2007

These are so easy to make and I get rave reviews every time. Instead of taking the time to melt the caramels and the cream, I substitute caramel ice cream topping. This recipe is definitely a keeper.


by C. Christina , HAMILTON, OH on Dec. 2006

This is a super recipe. Not only are these delicous but they are easy to make. Next time I make these I might add some chopped pecans.

It's A Winner

by M. MARI , ,Rantoul, IL on Dec. 2006

These cookies are very simple to make and everyone at work loved them.


by J. Jan , BLYTHEVILLE, AR on Oct. 2006

These are wonderful...I made some last night for my "ladies meeting" tonight, however, after my hubby got hold of them [ too], I'm going to have to stop by the bakery and pick up some cookies to have enough goodies for the meeting. I give it 5*****+!


by L. Laura , THE COLONY, TX on Dec. 2005

These were excellent and will definitely earn a place on my yearly christmas cookie list. Everyone enjoyed them. I might use one-and-a-half times as much caramel next time to satisfy my caramel craving but I just love caramel.


by S. Susan , San Antonio, TX on Aug. 2005

They are chew and are just as good as the candy turtles so when your hungry for turtle just make yourself some smurtles.


by C. Cindi , OLATHE, KS on Aug. 2005

Perfect recipe for ending the summer. Best eaten warm with vanilla ice cream and a hint of caramel syrup on top.