Turtle cookies are the best Christmas cookies. The recipe uses a chocolate cookie dough, crushed pecans and gooey caramel making each bite taste like the candy!
Cookie season (aka the holiday season) will be here before you know it! I’m getting a jumpstart on my baking and made thumbprint caramel cookies.
Have you ever had the turtle candies? They’re basically caramel, chocolate and pecans arranged to look like little turtles—super cute and really yummy.
So imagine those candies in cookie form. Delicious, right? Chewy chocolate thumbprint cookies rolled in crushed pecans and filled with gooey caramel.
Biting into one of these turtle cookies immediately makes you think of the candies. It has a slightly chewier texture (after all it is a cookie), but all the same flavors.
The actual chocolate cookie is easy to make. Combine the ingredients in a stand mixer and chill the dough for an hour (this step makes the cookies extra chewy!)
Roll the chilled dough into balls and dip the ball into egg white. This will help the crushed pecans adhere to the dough. Once the dough is covered in egg white, roll it in the pecans.
Once the dough ball is covered in pecans, place it on the cookie sheet and use the back of a teaspoon (or your thumb) to make an indentation in the center. That’s where the caramel is going to go!
The cookies will bake quickly (around 12 minutes) and when they come out of the oven you’ll most likely have to make the indentation deeper.
This time don’t use your thumb (the cookies are hot, guys, don’t be dumb). I suggest the teaspoon method this time around.
From there, the rest of the recipe is garnish. Caramel filling, chocolate drizzle, you get the gist.
While these cookies may require a few extra steps than the typical holiday cookies, they are totally worth it.
Seriously though, there’s not a doubt in my mind that these cookies will be a crowd pleaser at your Christmas parties. They have all the textures and flavors of a good cookie.
Chewy chocolate, gooey caramel and crunchy pecans—what more could you want in a cookie?!
So get ready for the holidays and add these cookies to your baking list. I’m definitely making them again come Christmas!
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Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen.