Mini Turtle Pudding Pies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 12

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Mini Turtle Pudding Pies are the perfect bite-sized treat (made in tart shells!) for the holidays or any party — they come together quickly and are loaded with pecans, caramel, chocolate pudding and topped with whipped cream!


one mini turtle pudding pie on white plate with bite taken to reveal chocolate filling

I had no choice.

I knew when I was planning my holiday recipes for you guys that I was going to need to include some “turtle” creations.

It seems that every time I hold a vote in my Facebook group about your favorite dessert flavors, Turtle is right up there at #1. That combination of chocolate, caramel and pecans just gets to everyone, apparently.

I know it gets to me!

square image of many turtle pudding pies in tart shells with foil wrapper

Last year there was this No Bake Turtle Cheesecake. I also have these No Bake Turtle Cookies and this No Churn Turtle Ice Cream — both a big hit this summer!

So this holiday season, we’re doing Turtle Pudding Pie! I made these using pre-made tart shells from the freezer section of the grocery store, but I did make my own chocolate pudding so you can still brag yourself up to your family and friends!

overhead image of mini turtle pudding pies in tart shells some on pan and one unwrapped on plate

If you want to keep things even simpler, you can absolutely use instant chocolate pudding here. My homemade chocolate pudding recipe is sooooo easy (easier than most, thanks to my love of shortcuts!), but I totally understand if it’s an extra step you don’t have time for. You can take the easy way out and I won’t tell anyone!

These little Turtle Pudding Pies would be just as good in one large pie shell, if that’s your thing. For the holidays, I love using tart shells because they’re great for potlucks — no slicing and serving!

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Mini Turtle Pudding Pies

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Mini Turtle Pudding Pies are the perfect bite-sized treat (made in tart shells!) for the holidays or any party — they come together quickly and are loaded with pecans, caramel, chocolate pudding and topped with whipped cream!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12
Calories 157cal


  • 12 frozen tart shells
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche or thick caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped chocolate


  • Bake tart shells according to package directions. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your pudding. In a large skillet, whisk together sugar, cocoa and corn starch. Add the egg and milk and whisk until smooth.
  • Place over medium heat and cook and stir until thickened (it will look like pudding!) about 6-8 minutes. Stir in chocolate until melted. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of pecans and 1 teaspoon of caramel into the bottom of each tart shell. Top with chocolate pudding and refrigerate at least 1-2 hours or until set.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and additional caramel and pecans. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


** The original recipe (shown in the video) left me extra pudding (never a bad thing!) so in the final recipe here I’ve reduced it by half. This is why there is a discrepancy between the video recipe and the recipe here. By all means, if you want extra pudding, double this recipe here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 157cal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Cindy says

    Ashley.Where did you get the mini tart shells?I messaged Erin.I told her that,my husband cousins got her in Georgia,at Harveys.

    • Cindy says

      Erin.My husband cousins,make the miniature pecan pies.I asked her.She lives in Georgia.They have them.At Harvey’s.I brought home 2 boxes.I live in Florida.Someone said Winn Dixie.Also they said to ask the store manager.They might can order them.

  2. Joyce says

    This recipe looks delicious can’t wait to try it. But I have a suggestion, instead of straining the cooked pudding through a sieve, I would combine the egg and milk together and strain the mixture before adding it to the dry ingredients.

  3. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I was just thinking about chocolate pie the other day! This version sounds delicious with the pecans and caramel and little pies are much more fun!

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