Chocolate Turtle Cookies

We were having friends over for dinner and my daughter really wanted to make dessert.  After looking through some recipes she chose these cookies from Pixelated Crumb that looked amazing.  She did a great job making the cookie dough and with some help from our friend Currié she made these rich, decadent, and delicious cookies that she was extremely proud of.  They were a huge hit with everyone at our home and they disappeared in no time!  Great job to my daughter and to Currié for her help!!

Combine the flour, cocoa, and salt together in a small bowl; mix until well combined.

Beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until creamy and smooth.  Add the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla then mix until well combined.  Slowly add the flour mixture until just combined.  Place the dough into the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with a silpat mat.  Whisk the egg whites together until frothy.  Place the pecan crumbles into a separate bowl.  Roll dough into 1 inch balls, dip into egg whites then roll in the pecans.  Place the balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Use a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to make an indentation in the center of each ball.  Bake until set, about 12 minutes.

Microwave the caramels and cream in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.  Once the cookies are removed from the oven, gently re-press existing indentations.

Fill each with 1/2 teaspoon of caramel mixture.  Cool 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool immediately.  Enjoy!

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Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick of butter, softened
2/3 cup of sugar
1 large egg, separated; plus 1 egg white
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup of pecans, chopped fine
14 soft caramel candies
3 tbsp heavy cream

Directions:

Combine the flour, cocoa, and salt together in a small bowl; mix until well combined.

Beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until creamy and smooth. Add the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla then mix until well combined. Slowly add the flour mixture until just combined. Place the dough into the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat mat. Whisk the egg whites together until frothy. Place the pecan crumbles into a separate bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, dip into egg whites then roll in the pecans. Place the balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Use a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to make an indentation in the center of each ball. Bake until set, about 12 minutes.

Microwave the caramels and cream in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Once the cookies are removed from the oven, gently re-press existing indentations. Fill each with 1/2 teaspoon of caramel mixture. Cool 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool immediately. Enjoy!

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Pixelated Crumb

 

 

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24 Responses to “Chocolate Turtle Cookies”

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    Muna Kenny — September 5, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    Gorgeous looking cookies! Your daughter did a great job. Taking after her mother :)

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    Joanne — September 6, 2012 @ 4:29 am

    These probably wouldn’t even make it out of my kitchen, I’d eat them so fast! Can’t go wrong with the combination of chocolate and caramel.

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    Kim in MD — September 6, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    The cookies look delicious! Your daughter is adorable, and quite the young chef- she takes after her Mom! :-)

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    Jenn's Food Journey — September 6, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    Those cookies look amazing! I love that your daughter enjoys cooking with you!

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    teresa — September 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    isn’t cooking with the kids fun! these look amazing!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 6, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    This is so awesome! I have to make this and eat it all for myself! No sharing on this one :)

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    Marjie — September 6, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Your little girl is getting so big! And her turtle cookies look remarkable. Hope she’s had a great start to the school year, and so has her little brother.

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    Sue/the view from great island — September 6, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    These look luscious, and perfect for my holiday cookie gift box, thanks!

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    james — September 6, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    My kids are going to go wild over this treat. I love your easy to read directions. Thanks for posting it for all to read. I’ll post back and tell you how they came out. thank you again.

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    chad — September 6, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Wow ! these are great, made them this afternoon and there are only 3 left. The kids love them.
    Great recipe. Thank You so much
    Hether

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    Sues — September 6, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    How awesome do these look?? Forget dinner; I want to go straight to dessert!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 6, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    These look delicious! Your daughter did a fantastic job.

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    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground — September 6, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Too funny! … I posted about these cookies yesterday, too. One of my readers let me know about your post, saying they were seeing double! I put a chocolate drizzle on top of mine. :-) Your daughter did a great job!
    http://thekitchenismyplayground.blogspot.com/2012/09/insanely-delicious-turtle-cookies.html
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

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    Martha — September 6, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    they look scrumptious! she did a great job!

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    Blond Duck — September 6, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    Perfect Christmas cookie!

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    gloria — September 6, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    Oh My Pam these look really delicious and love your daugther is so cute!

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    Roz — September 6, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    I’m in heaven with chocolate and caramel with these cookies! Printing now for a perfect cookie this fall! Thanks so very much,

    Roz

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    Words Of Deliciousness — September 6, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    These cookies look fantastic. I love anything with caramel.

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    Lia — September 7, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    They look so gorgeous and moreish!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    klabila — September 7, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    they look yummy! can’t wait to taste them :)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 7, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    They are irresistible! Your daughter is a great helper in the kitchen.

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — September 8, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    These are one of my favorite cookies!

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    grace — September 10, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    i thought i had seen every variation on the turtle theme, but this is new–very clever and delicious, pam!

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    Han VanBoner — October 26, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    They are very aesthetically pleasing. More so than the taste, however they do interesting things for the pallet that are very… very enjoyable.

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