Turtle Cookies

Posted on Jan 28 2012 - 3:08pm by Barry C. Parsons

Turtle Cookies – an ultimate, chocolate, pecan, caramel cookie indulgence. One of the most popular cookies ever to appear on Rock Recipes.

Turtle Cookies- Chewy chocolate, pecan and caramel cookies.

Turtle Cookies

Pecans, caramel and chocolate get together in these Turtle Cookies in an absolutely winning combination. That’s why everybody loves those gorgeous Turtle chocolates and why Turtle Cheesecake is such a popular dessert menu item. Inspired by those great little confections, I set out to make a cookie version that would be worthy of the name

I can report that all testers of these cookies declare them to be amazing. A double chocolate chip cookie gets rolled in pecans and topped with a soft chewy caramel candy. It then bakes to crispy, chewy perfection. These are destined to become one of our household’s signature cookie recipes for sure.

UPDATE: September 24, 2014. On the eve of Rock Recipes 7th Anniversary I can report that this cookie recipe continued to grow in popularity throughout the following years after it was first posted. In fact it landed on our list of the TOP 25 Recipes from RockRecipes.com from over 1300 that we have posted in the last 7 years. I expect it will go on being just as popular in the future, how are you going to beat a combination like chocolate, pecans and caramel?

Recipe updated March 13, 2017.

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Turtle Cookies- Chewy chocolate, pecan and caramel cookies.


Turtle Cookies- Chewy chocolate, pecan and caramel cookies.
Turtle Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 3 dozen
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup very good quality cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips about 1 Β½ cups
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 dozen individually wrapped caramel candies
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine thoroughly.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the sweetened butter. Mix only enough to incorporate flour. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls and dunk one half of the ball into the chopped pecans.
  6. Place on parchment lined baking sheet 3 inches apart with the side dunked in pecans facing upward. Press down slightly. Gently push one caramel candy half way into the center of each cookie ball.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Do not over bake or cookies will be brittle.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool thoroughly. You can drizzle the tops of the cookies with melted chocolate as well but that's completely optional.

24 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. paul January 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    These look scrumptious! Thanks for posting!

  2. Matt Wrench January 31, 2012 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Please tell me these are as gooey as they look.

  3. Russell at Chasing Delicious January 31, 2012 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Wow. These cookies are incredible! I have never tried anything like this. I have to change that.

  4. Shumaila January 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    These look absolutely sinful!

  5. Simply Tia February 1, 2012 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Awesome recipe!! I can’t wait to try it!! These cookies look like 1,000 kinds of yummy!

  6. cookmary2010 February 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Amazing Amazing Amazing!

  7. Pegasuslegend February 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Congrats on this wonderful cookies it got over 1000 pins on my pinterest posting πŸ™‚

  8. Anonymous February 28, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    These are delicious! A Hit at home and at work

  9. Stephanie Milton (High Level, AB) March 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Fantastic cookies! fast, easy and delicious. They were a huge hit at home and at the office πŸ™‚ No one believed I made them! lol So I had to give you full credit

    • Barry C. Parsons March 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      That is awesome Stephanie! I had to share that comment with our facebook page. Are you a follower?

  10. Jamie April 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! The only thing I wonder is: did anyone else have trouble with the caramel? My caramel hardened when the cookie cooled down, making it near impossible to chew. Not complaining about microwaving cookies though!

    • Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 1:35 am - Reply

      i had the same problem

    • Barry C. Parsons June 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      It’s probably just the brand of caramels. Use the softest ones you can find and be very careful not to over bake them. They are one awesome cookie!

  11. Peggy Festerling April 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm - Reply

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  12. Renee April 24, 2012 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Looks awesome! Came here from a Pinterest…this is on my todo “guilty pleasure” list. Love turtles, love cookies, it doesn’t get better!

  13. Easy Food Recipes April 25, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Yummz πŸ™‚ I have never tried anything like this.

  14. KHop September 17, 2012 at 1:30 am - Reply

    The are ABSO-FREAKIN’-LUTELY AMAZING!!! The the chocolate on the top added just the right touch! Made about 5 dz cookies. Thanks for the great recipes!

  15. Anonymous April 3, 2013 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Also, if you don’t like pecans, rolling the dough around in pretzels taste’s awesome too!

  16. Sally December 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Has anyone tried making the dough the day before, putting it in the fridge, letting it come to room temp the next day, then rolling in pecans and baking? I am making three batches of these for people at my work and want to part ahead of time.

    • Barry C. Parsons December 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Many cookie dough recipes will keep overnight. Many cookies are actually better baked with cold dough, especially those that spread easily. Experiment with a couple straight from thr fridge and see what happens.

  17. Stephanie November 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I made these this weekend and they were a huge success! People couldn’t get enough of them. I did use a soft and creamy caramel in the centers which didn’t get hard but they were too soft as the cookies stuck together on the plate a little. Next time I would stick to the Kraft caramels and microwave them to eat them, nothing wrong with a warm cookie! I doubled the recipe to freeze some for Christmas and it worked perfectly. I’ve tested the frozen ones and they taste moist and fresh after thawing, which is great. I was told by a guest that “anyone coming to your house for Christmas who gets to enjoy ones of those will leave very happy”. A definite keeper!

  18. Karen Williams March 15, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    I made these and they were delicious. The only issue was had was with the caramel hardening after it baked. I used the kraft caramel,next time I will use a different brand. I baked some of the dough without the nuts and caramel and the cookies were amazing. I will definitely be making these again

    • Barry C. Parsons March 17, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Odd. I use Kraft Caramels and they don’t harden. Try undertaking just a little. It may also be the pans carrying the heat too fast. Try aluminum.

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