Turtle Cookies

turtle cookiesMy absolute favorite dessert is anything with chocolate and caramel. This is a fun recipe for turtle cookies, which combines a soft chocolate cookie with gooey caramel and pecans in the shape of turtles. You can use my double chocolate cookie recipe for the cookies, but I omitted the extra chocolate and just made chocolate cookies with a tiny bit less sugar since the caramel is already so sweet. I have to warn you: if you are on a diet, DO NOT make these cookies! I would say I am usually pretty disciplined, but I could not stop eating these cookies they are soo incredibly delicious! I won’t let myself make them again until Thanksgiving where I can give them to everyone and only eat ONE myself haha. I was curious why the chocolate/caramel combination was given the name “turtle”, and according to Wikipedia, a candymaker in 1918 pointed out the chocolate caramel candies they were making looked like turtles. I guess the name stuck ever since! We saw BEAUTIFUL turtles in Hawaii during our honeymoon (see pic below), and when I was making these turtle cookies it made me a little nostalgic. When can we go back?! We are planning a trip for this weekend that I am super excited about. More details later.

Turtle Cookies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick, room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 20 caramel squares
  • 80 pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat room temperature butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamed together.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork.
  4. Add flour/cocoa/baking soda/salt mixture a little at a time into butter/sugar/eggs/vanilla mixture by beating at low speed until well blended. [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtle1.jpg” /]
  5. Using a teaspoon or cookie scooper, drop batter onto cookie sheets, leaving an inch around each cookie drop.
  6. Place into oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Let cool 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  8. Add 2 tbsp water and caramel squares to a small saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring frequently. [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtle2.jpg” /]
  9. Place a sheet of wax paper under the cookie rack to avoid a big mess. [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtle3.jpg” /]
  10. Drop 1 tsp melted caramel over each cookie and place pecans on top for the head, arms and feet. Swirl caramel with a spoon as it cools to keep it from dripping everywhere. [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtles.jpg” /] [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtle4.jpg” /] [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtle-single.jpg” /]
  11. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow caramel to set.
  12. Drizzle melted chocolate over each turtle for an extra delicious treat. [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtle5.jpg” /] [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/turtle-choco.jpg” /]
Makes 16 cookies

 
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