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Turtle Cookies

One of my favorite candies to eat growing up was a turtle. Aren’t they just so fun and delicious to eat? I just adored the mix of chocolate, caramel and pecans and would eat these more than anything else. When I recently purchased some Diamond of California pecans, I knew I wanted to make a turtle inspired treat and these turtle cookies definitely fit the bill.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword classic recipes, cookie recipes, easy recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 197 kcal
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams of


  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 package wrapped caramel candies
  • 1 package Diamond Nuts pecans
  • 1 bottle chocolate sauce warmed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add the butter and both sugars to the bowl and cream until nice and fluffy.
  3. Next add in the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until well incorporated.
  4. While mixture is creaming, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder in a separate bowl.
  5. Lastly, add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix until well incorporated. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to cool. It will help it become easier to work with.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator. Next roll a medium large scoop of dough into a ball and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Place 1 unwrapped caramel candy in the center of each cookie ball and press down to flatten. Press 3-4 pecans on the bottoms of the cookie balls to resemble a turtle shape.
  8. Bake the cookies for for 10-12 minutes until they are nice and browned and the caramel has melted through.
  9. Next drizzle chocolate sauce over cookies and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Turtle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 153mg 6%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.