Turtle Cookies


The Christmas cookie baking continues over here at our house.  And I am pretty sure that our neighbors love me by now.  I can’t believe that I haven’t made these cookies before!  Turtle chocolates are my favorite kind of chocolates in the box.  And this cookie did a great job at representing my favorite chocolate!

It is a delicious chocolate cookie.  And I loved the pecan pieces that gave the cookie great texture and that extra nutty flavor.  But hello!  The best part was definitely when you bite into the delicious cookie and get the chewy caramel center.    These cookies look so pretty once they are baked.  A great cookie recipe to add to the collection. 🙂

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Turtle Cookies
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Delicious chocolate cookies coated with pecans and filled with caramel!
Serves: 24
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ c. cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅔ c. sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated, plus 1 additional egg white
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1¼ c. pecans, finely chopped
  • Caramel Filling:
  • 14 soft caramel candies
  • 3 T. heavy cream
  • Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp. shortening
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  2. On high speed in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat together butter and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, milk and vanilla. Mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  3. Whisk egg white in a bowl until frothy. Roll cookie dough into one inch balls. Dip the cookie balls into the egg white and roll in the chopped pecans until outside is coated. Place the balls 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. With a teaspoon make a small indentation in each ball.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until set. While they are baking prepare the caramel filling. Melt the caramel and heavy cream in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until it is fully melted.
  5. Once the cookies are baked, make the indentation again and using a teaspoon fill each indentation with the caramel. If drizzling with chocolate, melt the chocolate and shortening in the microwave, and scoop into a ziplock bag. Barely snip the corner and drizzle over the cookies. Yield 24 cookies

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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.
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  1. These cookies look amazing! Love <3

    • Ginette Periard says:

      I am reading your recipe and I am wondering what does the T mean for the milk and caramel.
      Is it tbs (tablespoon)? I tought maybe it was translated from French to English since T=Tasse un French, Cup in English.

      I do want to prepare these for Christmas gifts.

      Thank you

  2. Can’t wait to try these for Christmas! Making cookies tonight!

  3. These cookies look incredible Alyssa! I love turtles and can’t wait to try these in cookie form, thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Does the caramel get tough after a couple of days or does it pretty soft?

  5. I’m still learning the ropes with baking… What does “T” mean?

  6. Hellooo , I’ve visited for first time your blog and saw your recipes are amazing delicious, but I was wondering , I didn’t understand what are ” pecans ” , and can I use something else instead ” heavy cream” ’cause I don’t know what are those two things … Thank you again if you’ll answer to my comment…. I wish you all the best in the future ….. .

    • Pecan is a type of nut. Heavy cream is a tick cream like nestle cream/all purpose cream. The latter can be used as whipped cream.

  7. I dont care for caramel that much what do u think about white chocolate in the middle? think that could work?

  8. Awesome recipe
    So easy and so tasty

  9. Jackie Wieda says:

    can you freeze these?

  10. Cathy Brown says:

    Can I use a double boiler to melt things in ? I never have any luck using the microwave.

  11. These look delicious. Do you think i can replace caramel with toffee and pecans with walnuts? Thanks!

  12. jerry esthay says:

    how much cocoa powder and sugar do you use in this cookie recipe the is no amount just a square for the amount

  13. Pecans are nuts and heavy cream is whipping cream. Nuts lightly toasted add a lot of flavor to the nuts, this is true for pretty much any nut.

  14. Ingredients list 1 egg separated + 1 egg white, but instructions say add egg “yolk” – so I’m left with the egg white already to roll the cookies in. What’s the extra egg white for? Was a whole egg supposed to go into the batter? Thanks!

    • M. Carlson says:

      Yolk goes in the batter. The two egg whites are used to coat the outside of the roll first before rolling into the pecans – its like a adhesive so the pecans will stick to the cookies.

  15. These were a huge hit! They were absolutely delicious.

  16. Hi can you tell me what is soft caramel or what I can use in Australia

  17. could I substitute homemade caramal, rather than use the candies?

  18. I was wondering if the Ghirardelli carmel sauce would work for this recipe?

  19. Shelley Poore says:

    I’m making these for my husbands work chums but made homemade caramel. These were delicious 🎄

  20. I made these last nit, they look fantastic. I wouldn’t even give my husband one, don’t know if he is “cookie” worthy…Anyway, I put these in containers and put them in the basement. How well do they freeze? I won’t be serving them for a few days and dont want them to go stale.

  21. Would rolling the cookies in sugar instead of the egg whites work as well?

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