With chopped pecans on the outside, a caramel filling and chocolate all around, these Turtle Thumbprint Cookies are hard NOT to love!
Just Like Turtle Candy!
Hi, it’s me – Lily! Have you had a good week?
I’m excited to share today’s recipe with you! It’s Turtle Thumbprint Cookies. They taste just like turtle candies, which are basically pecan clusters covered in caramel and chocolate. These cookies have a chocolate dough, are rolled in crushed pecans, and then filled with yummy caramel, so you get all the same flavors!
If you are baking cookies for Christmas, you may want to try this one, especially if you love chocolate and caramel. 😉
How to Make Turtle Cookies
PREP. Preheat oven to 350.
DOUGH. Mix flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
CHILL. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
NUTS. Mix 2 egg whites in a bowl until frothy. Place chopped pecans in another bowl. Roll chilled dough into 1 – 1½ inch balls, dip in egg whites and then roll into the pecans. Place on a greased baking sheet.
THUMBPRINT. Use ½ teaspoon spoon to make a cave in the center of each ball.
BAKE. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Let cool.
CARAMEL. Place caramels and cream in a small bowl and microwave until smooth, stopping and stirring occasionally. Fill indentations in cookie with caramel mixture.
DRIZZLE. Melt candy coating by placing in a small pot on low heat and stirring constantly. Pour chocolate into a ziploc bag with the corner cut and drizzle over cookies. Let set.
Recipe Notes and Tips
Chilling the dough is important because as you can see from the picture it is fairly stickly. When the dough is chilled it is much easier to roll into balls.
Another reason you want chilled dough is because it helps the outside of the cookie bake more quickly then the inside leaving a soft brownie like center. It’s absolutely delicious when paired with the soft caramel.
Finally, chilling the dough keeps it from spreading. You really want to have a nice thick cookie so you can fill the center with smooth caramel.
Best way to separate the eggs: I like to break the shell in half. I allow the whites to fall into a bowl as I move the yolk back and forth between the two shells. Another easy way is to crack the egg into one hand , with your fingers slightly spread apart to allow the whites to fall through.
- Gently press the nuts into the dough to help them stick better
- Add a sprinkle of sea salt to the top of caramel
- Drizzle the chocolate on in designs. You can do a swirl or an overlapping plaid design.
- Leftover melted caramel can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Use on sliced apples, crackers or ice cream.
The ½ teaspoon measuring spoon works perfectly!!
Baked Cookies: Baked cookies can be STORED in an airtight container at room temperature. To FREEZE, allow the baked cookies to cool and set. Place cookies in a freezer safe container, separating layers with wax paper. Freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw before eating.
Unbaked Cookies: You can FREEZE them by rolling the dough into balls, but not in the nuts. Place them on a baking sheet and then put them in the freezer. Once solid, transfer them to a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To bake: Allow the dough to thaw for 30 minutes before rolling in nuts and continuing with the recipe.
For more favorite holiday treats, check out:
- Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
- Holiday Blossom Cookie
- Peppermint Brownie Trifle
Turtle Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
- 14 Kraft Caramels
- 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 2 squares Chocolate Candy Coating
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- Add dry ingredients and mix well.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Mix 2 egg whites in a bowl until frothy. Place chopped pecans in another bowl.
- Roll chilled dough into 1 - 1½ inch balls, dip in egg whites and then roll into the pecans. Place on a greased baking sheet.
- Use ½ teaspoon spoon to make a cave in the center of each ball.
- Bake for 11-12 minutes. Let cool.
- Place caramels and cream in a small bowl and microwave until smooth, stopping and stirring occasionally.
- Fill indentations in cookie with caramel mixture.
- Melt candy coating by placing in a small pot on low heat and stirring constantly. Pour chocolate into a ziploc bag with the corner cut and drizzle over cookies. Let set.