Chocolate Turtle Cookies

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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:)

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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.

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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!

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Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Prep Time
15 minutes
Servings
30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.
  3. 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. 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. 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.
  6. Note-we use our homemade caramel sauce, but you can use store bought caramel sauce.

Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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).

  7. These were great! I only had white chocolate chips and they were still very good. I had to give some away so my husband and I wouldn’t eat them all.

  8. I made these last night and they were just really dry. I followed the recipe exactly, is the dough supposed to be super crumbly?

  9. I need some cookies to bribe someone with, but can’t do nuts sadly (unless I want a ride to the ER via the sexy paramedics which wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t all swollen and turning blue and no longer breathing) so I am going to try them without the nuts because they look scrumptious!

  10. I made these a few weeks ago and they r incredible! Just getting prepared to make them again tomorr. They r the best cookies I’ve ever baked and I bake 3 times a week . Everyone should try these! U won’t regret it!

  11. I made these for our christmas cookie bake off and they were soooo good. They taste like brownies. I will make these again. I just didn’t drizzle caramel on top since I was sharing with others I didn’t think these would stack well with caramel on it.

  12. Ummm these look awesome! But do you have any recipes for fast baked peanut free cookies?? Or a recipe for making brittle??

  13. Love the taste, but dough is very dry and cookies won’t stick together. Not exactly “crumbly” because they are chewy in the center, but not great for my cookie exchange tonight! Help! I might have to serve them with a spatula!

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