Turtle Cookies

One of the best cookies I’ve made. This week.
It’s hard to stake a claim like that…”the best.” I make a lot of cookies. Like at least 2-3 times a week a batch goes in the oven, at least one new recipe each week too!
But, these were rich. In chocolate. And caramel. And pecans. Oh my.

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Turtle Cookies

by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients (4 dozen)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels, melted
Beat butter and sugars for 3 minutes until well combined. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Fol in caramel bits and 3/4 cup chopped pecans.
Chill dough in refrigerator for one hour.
Scoop chilled dough, by large tablespoon, onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack.
Drizzle cookies with melted semi-sweet chocolate and immediately sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans.
Enjoy warm for a fudgy, chewy cookie. Or allow to cool completely for a more stiff, rich and chocolatey cookie!

32 Responses to “Turtle Cookies”

  1. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Oh, I would SO love these.

  2. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Love anything turtle, love it better in a chocolate cookie!

    • posted Jul 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Me too!

  3. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Yum those look SO good! I’ve been having some ideas for cookies like these floating around my brain… It’s a sign! 😉

    • posted Jul 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Here’s your sign! No go make something, can’t wait to see what kind of turtle you make!

  4. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    NEED.RIGHT.NOW :) These would go great with my coffee this morning!

  5. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, these look soooooo good. My mom would love them. Well, so would I. But she would inhale them. :)

  6. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    These sound heavenly! One more day and I am off my diet =) Can’t wait to try these!

  7. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Your kitchen sounds just like mine…being over used and totally loved:-) The cookies looks uber delicious…I love that you put so many goodies into them!!!

  8. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    chocolate turtles are my mom’s absolute favorite! And living so far form her makes me miss her. I should bake these up and send some to her! I’ve never baked with those caramel bits before! I should try them out.

  9. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    This is outstanding! YUM!

  10. posted Jul 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Oh. My. Gawd. This. This is why I’m a fatty. Sounds delicious. Definitely going to try them this weekend.

  11. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 1:19 am

    gorgeous cookies and i love turtle desserts!! these sound so awesome and look DELICIOUS!! i need to whip up a batch!

  12. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Oh man. I LOVE me some turtle desserts!!

  13. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 3:57 am

    My mouth is watering! These cookies look so good! ^_^

  14. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Turtle-anything is key word for “Hayley will immediately overeat this sweet and salty goodness.” It’s true! I can’t resist the turtle desserts. Bring on the sweet and salty, I can’t get enough!

    • posted Jul 19, 2012 at 10:47 am


  15. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    These cookies sound awesome! And I LOVE your pic of them too.

  16. Anonymous
    posted Jul 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I made these last night. For Me they were a nightmare. The Carmel would stick to the baking sheet. I tried the cooling perios, then longer, then shorter…. Still sticking. I had to clean my spatula every few cookies as the Carmel stuck to it. Then after they cool, they would stick to the cooling wire…… What did I do wrong???? The taste was delicious, but not worth doing again with these problems

    • posted Jul 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that. Did you use parchment paper on your baking sheet? It really makes a difference to keep them from sticking to the pan!

    • Anonymous
      posted Jul 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      No I didn’t. I guess I never have so I didn’t think to do this. But I will make a note on the recipe and try that next time. Thanks

    • posted Jul 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Whenever I bake cookies I use parchment paper, but especially if using caramel, marshmallow or toffee!!

  17. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Chocolate cookies with caramel. . .I need these!!

    • posted Jul 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Jessica!

  18. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Aimee, these are great. I made some turtle cookies a while back, but used more of a chocolate chip cookie dough base, the chocolate cookie base is great. I love turtle desserts!!

  19. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Oooh, these cookies so great, and I bet the caramel puts them over the top!

  20. posted Jul 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    They look delicious! Can’t go wrong with that combination!

  21. posted Jul 21, 2012 at 3:06 am

    These look awesome; and great pics too! :) We’d love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes. I know my readers would love these ideas too! Mackenzie :)

  22. posted Jul 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Yum, so glad I saw this featured over at Chef in Training! This will be on our holiday baking list (if I can wait that long.) Pinned and shared!

  23. Rudi K.
    posted Dec 21, 2012 at 1:50 am

    What can you use in place of caramel bits? I am overseas and we dont have that in our commissary.

    • posted Dec 21, 2012 at 7:47 am

      I’m not sure Rudi,
      You could try some chopped Rolo candies. Or even chop up some caramels, small. Good luck!

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