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Turtle Cookies

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

Close up photo of Turtle Cookies for featured image

Turtle Cookies.

Originally published Jan 2012.

Pecans, caramel and chocolate get together in these Turtle Cookies in an absolutely winning combination. Naturally, that’s why everybody loves those gorgeous Turtle chocolates.

Photo of wrapped soft caramel candies

Individually wrapped soft caramels are used in this recipe.

Also, it’s why Turtle Cheesecake is such a popular dessert menu item. So, inspired by those great little confections, I set out to make a cookie version that would be worthy of the name.

Turtle Cheesecake image with title text.

Turtle Cheesecake

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.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I like dark chocolate chips in this recipe but you can use any kind you like.

Then, it bakes to crispy, chewy perfection. These are destined to become one of our household’s signature cookie recipes for sure.

UPDATE: September 24, 2014.

Wide shot photo of Turtle Cookies stacked on a white plate

Turtle Cookies

On the eve of Rock Recipes 7th Anniversary I can report that this cookie recipe continued to grow in popularity. It continued in popularity throughout the following years after it was first posted.

In fact it landed on our list of the TOP 25 Recipes from this website from over 1300 that we have posted in the last 7 years.

Pecans for Chocolate Pecan Bars

Pecans for Turtle Cookies

Turtle Cookies on a white plate with glass of milk in background

Turtle Cookies. An ultimate, chocolate, pecan, caramel cookie indulgence. Original 2012 photo.

I expect it will go on being just as popular in the future. I mean, how are you going to beat a combination like chocolate, pecans and caramel?

Cream butter sugar and add eggs

Cream butter sugar and add eggs.

Sift together the dry ingredients including the cocoa

Sift together the dry ingredients including the cocoa

Photo of finished Turtle Cookies dough

Finished Turtle Cookies dough.

Turtle Cookies ready for the oven

Turtle Cookies ready for the oven.

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Turtle Cookies
Yield: 36 cookies

Turtle Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Turtle Cookies. An ultimate chocolate, pecan, caramel cookie indulgence. One of the most popular cookies ever to appear on Rock Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup very good quality cocoa
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips, about 1 ½ cups
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 dozen individually wrapped caramel candies

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • Please note that only soft, chewy, individually wrapped caramels should be used here, like Kraft caramels.
  • Be careful with the baking time, you oven may bake hotter and they will need a minute or two less. Overbaking will harden the caramels, so a little experimentation with your oven may be necessary to get these just right.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

36

Serving Size

3 dozen

Amount Per Serving Calories 217Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 24mgSodium 187mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 22gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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GailFitzpatrick

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Looking for instructions for snowball recipe

Jerry b

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I tried this recipe twice with different kinds of caramels and the caramels were rock hard and inedible .What am I doing wrong?

Jerryb

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I made this twice with two different kind of caramels. They’re hard as a rock and inedible. Help! never again!! Are you suggesting we microwave the chips just before eating again? Sounds like double duty work for a simpl,e cookie.

Vikie

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Mine look like the picture and were impressive on a cookie tray. Thank you Barry.

Karen Williams

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

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

Friday 17th of March 2017

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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