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Chocolate Turtle Cookies


Chocolate calories don’t count during Valentine’s Day week…or should we go with month:) I’m going with month because I still have Chocolate Turtle Cookies sitting on my counter and a box of chocolates to eat. I probably won’t eat the box of chocolates though. I will take a bite out of every one:)

My dad used to bring home a giant box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day every year, for my brother, sister, and I to share. I wanted to make sure I got the first pick, so I would sneak the box into my room and take a bite out of every single chocolate. My brother and sister would get so mad at me. They didn’t want to eat the chocolates after I had nibbled on them. I never would eat the entire box, I just wanted a little taste of all of them:)

I can’t just take a bite of these Chocolate Turtle Cookies. One bite leads to another and another. Cookies are my weakness…or should I say strength:)


These cookies are rich, rich, rich! Chocolate dough with chocolate chips, pecans, and a caramel bits. Do I even need to say anything else? Yes, I do, because I didn’t stop there. I drizzled the cookies with salted caramel sauce. Can I get an Amen? I used our favorite homemade salted caramel sauce, but you can use store bought caramel sauce if you are in a pinch.


I enjoy a turtle candies, but these Chocolate Turtle Cookies blow the candies out of the water. In my cookie obsessed opinion:)

You can give your Valentine a box of chocolates, but they might just take a bite of every chocolate and let the rest go to waste. Instead, make them a batch of Chocolate Turtle Cookies. I doubt there will be any cookies left…not even a crumb!


Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes


2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup caramel bits or chopped caramels
Salted caramel sauce, for drizzling


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.

3. With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.

4. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, pecans, and caramels. Scoop the dough into rounded tablespoons and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

5. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are set, but still soft in the center. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 3 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely. Drizzle cookies with caramel sauce and serve.

Note-we use our homemade caramel sauce, but you can use store bought caramel sauce.

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69 Responses to “Chocolate Turtle Cookies”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 13, 2013 @ 5:35 am

    I love Turtles! I don’t buy them b/c I love them so much. I bet the chocolate dough base with chocolate chips and the caramel is just incredible. Mmm, great job! Pinning!

  2. marla — February 13, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    Oh wow do these cookies look awesome!

  3. abbie — February 13, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    My mouth is watering at how yummy these look! 😛 – personal blogs.

  4. Ohhhhh, I love Turtles!!! Turtles makes me think of a geek commercial that used to come on the Canadian channel when I was a kid. It was a lady all goofy with champagne and she would say “Oh I Love Turtles” in a high pitch voice. lol! I’m making these cookies for my Hubby tonight!!

  5. Becs @ Lay the table — February 13, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    We don’t get turtle sweets over here but these cookies look incredible – definitely cannot resist the temptation of salted caramel!

  6. Blair @ The Seasoned Mom — February 13, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    The best combination in the world — chocolate and salted caramel! So glad that you put them together in a rich cookie. Oh my!

  7. Jocelyn — February 13, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    These look delicious! One question I have is, does the caramel sauce harden on the cookies? Or, are the cookies sticky on top and not able to be stacked? Thank you.

    • Two Peas replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 9:32 am

      The caramel will set up a little, but I doubt I would stack them.

  8. oh those are yummy looking, and no you cannot ever just eat one!

  9. Julie @ Table for Two — February 13, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    these are making me DROOL!! I looooove turtle anything and having this combination in a cookie just rocks my socks off – plus, having no calories count on Valentine’s Day is the ultimate gift 😉

  10. naomi — February 13, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Oh, you had at turtle and then drizzle-over the top. LOVE!

  11. Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 13, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Shut up! Actually, just feed me.

  12. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 13, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Oh gosh, I sure hope chocolate calories don’t count in February otherwise I am in TROUBLE. :) These cookies are amaze!

  13. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 13, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Love the homemade salted caramel drizzled over the top!

  14. Crystal Eberspacherc — February 13, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    I just got online to try to find a good cookie recipe to use for my sons teachers V-Day gifts…..and sure enough here was your post!!! Perfect!!! Thanks for all the wonderful cookie recipes!! I will have to make a double batch so there are plenty for us too! YUMMO!!!

  15. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 13, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Amazing!, I need two or three, maybe four for breakfast right now :)

  16. Jenny Flake — February 13, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    Amazing looking cookies! xoxo

  17. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — February 13, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    I love your cookie creations!

  18. Linda — February 13, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Wish I had one or three.

  19. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork — February 13, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    I’m in the same boat — chocolate calories don’t count this month! These cookies look amazing! Chocolate, caramel and pecans — it doesn’t get any better than that!!

  20. Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — February 13, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    These cookies are an absolute vision of loveliness…probably the best turtle cookies I’ve ever seen. Is it the big chocolate chips and pecans exuding from that perfect looking chocolate cookie, or the caramel drizzled all over? Oh boy, I’m going to make these!

  21. Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 13, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Amen indeed! Love these cookies 😀

  22. Mimi @ Culinary Couture — February 13, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Mmm these look delish! Yes, this month is our national cheat month 😉

  23. Erica — February 13, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Wow!!!! Even better than a turtle candy!!

  24. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — February 13, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    This cracked me up because the chocolate box thing is totally ME! I learned from my mom at a very wee age that if you take a bite out of the chocolate, you can not only see what flavor it is, but you can totally try more than one. I’m mix twenties and still eat only half of every chocolate! And when I visit my parents during holidays, I open the See’s box, and they’re usually all bitten into :) Love it!

  25. HeatherChristo — February 13, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    “one bite leads to another” is right!! these look AMAZING!!

  26. Joanne — February 13, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    THe chocolate caramel combo is one of the best out there. These are cookies I would not be able to be trusted around!

  27. Jackie @ The Beeroness — February 13, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    I would do the same thing! It was more solving the mystery of what was in the candy, than actually eating it. But the chocolate caramels where always my favorites. So I would have died over these cookies.

  28. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 13, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    Wow I definitely will be in trouble around these! I love turtle candy so I can’t imagine how much I’d love these….

  29. Amy's Cooking Adventures — February 13, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    Now don’t these look amazing? So glad I didn’t give up desserts for Lent!

  30. aimee @like mother like daughter — February 13, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    oh my gosh. what? these cookies look amazing. chocolate and caramel are one of the best combos. so i need to make these asap!

  31. Oh that gooey caramel has me droolling. Looks amazing! Great twist on a candy for Valentine’s Day

  32. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 13, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    omg Maria! Heavenly

  33. Diana @ Eating Made Easy — February 13, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Cookies definitely are your strength! My dad would LOVE this recipe.

  34. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 13, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    These cookies look absolutely sinful! I could sure use a dozen right about now.

  35. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 13, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    This looks so lovely!!

  36. Tracy R — February 13, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    WOW, that cookie looks so fabulous!! If only I could reach through the screen, and take a bite. I need to make these ASAP.

  37. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 14, 2013 @ 1:19 am

    I love all things turtle!!

  38. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — February 14, 2013 @ 6:22 am

    I’m drooling…these look amazing!!

  39. Holly — February 14, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    I made these last night to bring to work for my team. Pretty darn tasty! I didn’t have time to mess around with making the sauce, so I thinned some Peter’s caramel with cream and added sea salt until I could just taste the salt. (12 oz caramel, 1/4-1/2 cup cream (didn’t measure), 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt).

  40. Kim in MD — February 14, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    These cookies have left me …speechless!

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