Irresistible Turtle Cookies Recipe: A Christmas Delight

Emma

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TURTLE COOKIES

Indulge in the delectable world of Turtle Cookies Recipe, where a rich chocolate batter meets a symphony of flavors – caramel pieces, pecans, and chocolate chips.

These delightful treats are not only easy to make but also perfect for a quick Christmas cookie fix. With a soft and chewy texture, they are sure to please your taste buds and impress your guests.

Recipe Ingredients

To prepare these mouthwatering turtle cookies, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular or mini-size)
  • ½ cup chopped caramel squares (cut into small pieces)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Directions

Let’s dive into the easy steps to create these scrumptious turtle cookies:

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until the mixture becomes fluffy (approximately 1 minute).
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, then beat the mixture again until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture and the add-ins (excluding the 1/2 cup you reserved) to the wet mixture. Mix with a spatula (or on low with a mixer) just until everything is combined.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to form dough balls. Press the reserved 1/2 cup of add-ins onto the outside of the dough balls. This step is optional but enhances the visual appeal of the cookies.
  7. Place the dough balls on the silicone-lined baking sheet, leaving about 3 inches of space between them. Bake for 10-14 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies. The result will be soft, chewy chocolate caramel pecan cookies.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Notes

  • For cookies similar to those in the photos, use dough balls of about 3 tablespoons each and bake for 12-14 minutes. This yields large, soft, and chewy cookies.
  • Adjust the baking time if you make smaller dough balls to prevent overcooking.

Nutrition

Per serving (1 cookie):

  • Calories: 229 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg
  • Sodium: 133mg
  • Potassium: 108mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Vitamin A: 201 IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
  • Calcium: 29mg
  • Iron: 1mg

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I modify the add-ins in this recipe? Absolutely! You have the flexibility to adjust the amount of pecans, chocolate chips, or caramel pieces to suit your preferences.
  • How can I freeze the cookie dough for later use? Portion the dough into cookie dough balls, press extra caramel pieces, pecans, and chocolate chips onto the outside, and freeze them solid on a baking sheet. Transfer the frozen dough balls to a ziplock freezer bag, label it with baking directions, and freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, remove the dough from the freezer, preheat the oven to 350°F, and bake for 14-17 minutes (may need an additional 1-2 minutes for frozen dough).

Conclusion

These turtle cookies are not just a treat; they’re a holiday delight! Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice, you’ll love making and savoring these irresistible cookies. So, gather your ingredients, follow the simple steps, and enjoy the magic of homemade turtle cookies this Christmas season!

For a delightful twist on classic treats, check out our recipe for homemade Peppermint Patties. It’s a sweet sensation you won’t want to miss!

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TURTLE COOKIES

Turtle Cookies Recipe

Delve into the world of decadence with our Turtle Cookies Recipe. These chocolate, caramel, and pecan delights are perfect for your Christmas cookie platter.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular or mini-size)
  • ½ cup chopped caramel squares (cut into small pieces)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy (about 1 minute).
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, then beat until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture and the add-ins (excluding the reserved 1/2 cup) to the wet mixture. Mix just until everything is combined.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to form dough balls. Press the reserved 1/2 cup of add-ins onto the outside of the dough balls (optional).
  7. Place the dough balls on the silicone-lined baking sheet, leaving about 3 inches of space between them. Bake for 10-14 minutes.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Notes

  • For cookies similar to those in the photos, use dough balls of about 3 tablespoons each and bake for 12-14 minutes. This yields large, soft, and chewy cookies.
  • Adjust the baking time if you make smaller dough balls to prevent overcooking.
  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 229 kcal
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 133mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg

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