Turtle Cookies

Welcome to Day 2 of Christmas Cookie Week 2013!

Yesterday I brought you Butter Tart Squares with A Shortbread Cookie Crust, and today I bring you Turtle Cookies.  Oh yes.  I went there.  Turtles are the best…and in cookie form…oh my.  Hold me back.

Turtle Cookies {A Pretty Life}

I can’t even tell you how good these are.  You just need to make them to find out.

Turtle Cookies {A Pretty Life}

They’re perfectly soft and chewy and crunchy and chocolatey and nutty and caramelly all at the same time.

Turtle Cookies {A Pretty Life}

These little delights didn’t make it more than 2 days around these parts.  They mysteriously disappeared by the end of the day Saturday…hmmmm…and no one would admit to a thing.  Must have been Mr. Nobody at it again.

Turtle Cookies {A Pretty Life}

But seriously, just look at them…SO gosh darn delicious.

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Turtle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg separated (see notes)
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans chopped finely
  • 16 soft caramel candies
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

Making the Cookie Dough:

  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  2. With a mixer beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Then add the egg yolk (see notes), milk, and vanilla and combine.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Now it's time to chill the dough: wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until it is firm, about 1 hour. OR put it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Putting the cookies together:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Whisk 2 egg whites in bowl until they are frothy. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, place the chopped pecansl. Set aside.
  5. Using your hands, roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then dip them in the egg whites, then roll in the chopped pecans.
  6. Place the balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  7. Then using a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, make an indentation in centre of each ball (see above picture).
  8. Bake the cookies until set, about 10-12 minutes.

Preparing the caramel:

  1. Just as the cookies are done baking, it's time to make the caramel sauce.
  2. Microwave the caramels and cream in a bowl for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring a couple of times during the melting process.
  3. Once cookies are baked, remove them from the oven, and gently repress the existing indentations (they will have bubbled up a bit and you need an indentation for the caramel).
  4. Fill each indentation with 1/2 tsp of the caramel mixture.
  5. Cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Regarding the separated egg...I didn't separate my egg...I actually just added the whole egg to the cookie recipe, and the cookies turned out amazing! I think the addition of just the yolk is supposed to (in theory) make the cookie more soft. The choice is up to you really, but my cookies were perfectly soft. 🙂

Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen via Pixelated Crumb

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Turtle Cookies {A Pretty Life}

So go ahead!  Get your bake on!  These are worth the effort, trust me.

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Here are all the cookies I made for this years Christmas Cookie week:

5-Christmas-Cookies-{A-Pretty-Life}

Butter Tart Squares with Shortbread Cookie Crust  |  Turtle Cookies

Snickerdoodles  |  Peanut Butter Balls  |  Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies

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Have a delicious day!

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Here are more of my Favourite Christmas Cookies!

My Best Christmas Cookies {A Pretty Life}

Turtle Cookies
Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies
Whipped Vanilla Shortbread
Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies
Brown Sugar Shortbread
Eggnog Icebox Cookies
Jewish Shortbread
Melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Cookies

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31 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie December 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM These look absolutely delicious!
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM Thank you Stephanie! They really are! :)
  • Reply Donna Sinclair December 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM Okay, I am making them...pinning the post.... really, these are on my list!!
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM Oh I hope you do! Enjoy!
  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter December 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM Yum! Turtles are my fav Christmas chocolate and these look fabulous! Angie xo
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM Thanks Angie! I love Turtles too! Yummmm
  • Reply Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate December 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM I haven't quite started my Christmas baking but I am definitely getting lots of ideas…like these!!!
  • Reply Joann @ Woman in Real Life December 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM They sound absolutely amazing! I can understand why they didn't stick around long. :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:35 PM Thanks Joann! They were gone soooo fast...time to make more!
  • Reply Ricki Jill Treleaven December 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM My oldest daughter loves turtles (her sorority's mascot is a turtle) so they sometimes serve turtle treats at her sorority house! I've pinned this on my Christmas group board that I share with her. These look fantastic! xo, Ricki Jill
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:39 PM Thank you for sharing these Ricki! Enjoy!
  • Reply nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma December 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM You never cease to amaze me, Jo. Can't wait til you write your first cookbook... :) n
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM Thanks Nic! Maybe one day I'll think about a cookbook! :)
  • Reply Grace @ sense and simplicity December 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM Oh my goodness, what are you trying to do to me. These look so good too. Now I know yours didn't make it past Day 2, but I wonder if they freeze well. It might almost be worth making another batch - in the name of research and all.
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:38 PM Sorry for not getting back to you sooner about this...I think they would freeze just fine, but without putting the caramel in. I would add the caramel right after freezing them.
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  • Reply Elaine Papworth December 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM I am going to make these tomorrow; I expect they will be gone by tomorrow afternoon. Oh darn, I'll have to make them again.....and again....and again....
    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM I hope you loved them Elaine!
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    • Reply Jo-Anna December 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM Thank you Suzanne! I'm so happy you found me!
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  • Reply aah186 December 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM I'm curious what's the yield on this recipe? I need to know if I should double it for a cookie exchange.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM Depending on how big you make them, you can have 24 or 36. I usually make mine a little smaller so I can get 36 out of a batch. Happy baking!
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