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Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Felesha Bell
These chocolate brownie based cookies rolled in pecans and filled with delicious caramel will be the star of your next cookie delivery!!
Prep Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Easy
Cuisine Christmas Cookies
Servings 2 dozen


  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg separated
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 16 Kraft caramels
  • 3 T. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/4 c. chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp shortening
  • 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Beat together butter and sugar and blend until creamy.
  • Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • In a separate small bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt together. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time and beat until well combined.
  • Wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for a couple hours or even overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place pecans in a shallow bowl.
  • Heat unwrapped caramels and whipping cream in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. You could also use my Salted Caramel Goodness(just omit the salt).
  • Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll the balls in slightly beaten egg white. Then roll in pecans until well coated.
  • Place balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet about one inch apart.
  • Use a 1/2 tsp. measuring spoon to press in the center, making an indention.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are set.
  • If the indention has disappeared during baking, use the measuring spoon to re-create the indention.
  • Spoon hot caramel mixture into the center of the cookies and remove to a wire rack and let cool. DON'T overfill the cookies.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, melt chocolate chips and shortening in microwave by heating in 10-15 second intervals, stirring in between.
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the cookies. Say Grace and enjoy!!
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