Turtle Cookies

Turtle Cookies: decadent chocolate cookie packed with caramel, pecans and drizzles of melted chocolate!

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes

Turtle Cookies: decadent chocolate cookie packed with caramel, pecans and drizzles of melted chocolate!


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Chill dough in refrigerator for one hour.
  3. 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.
  4. Drizzle cookies with melted semi-sweet chocolate and immediately sprinkle with remaining chopped pecans.
  5. Enjoy warm for a fudgy, chewy cookie. Or allow to cool completely for a more stiff, rich and chocolatey cookie!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on July 17, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. Ok! These are the best cookies ever! I first made these cookies for my husband on valentine’s day. He loved them. Then i made them for others and they loved them. I have used your recipe for a few years and can never go wrong. I sometimes add additional stuff like almonds, and substitute toffee bits for caramel, regardless they are great!! I always google your website when looking up the recipe, and get nervous that one day this page is going to show up as “cannot find.” God forbid!! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!!

  4. 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

    1. 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!

    2. 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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!!

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

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

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