Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Turtle Cookies

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My Turtle Cookies recipe is going to become a new favorite. Loaded with nuts, ginger spice, chocolate, and caramel swirls, these cookies are a family favorite that wows everyone!

If you love the flavors of turtles, you will also love these Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters Recipe.  They are so easy and absolutely delicious!

Up close picture of a turtle cookie on a cutting board

Turtle cookies

These turtle cookies are so good. Filled with lots of great flavors like ginger, chocolate, and caramel, these pecan coated cookies are sure to become a favorite. The sweet and salty, crunchy and soft go so good together.
Another spin on turtles is these yummy Rolo pretzel rods.  So easy to make and really delicious. You may also love this turtle brownie cheesecake as a great addition to your dessert routine.

Can I Freeze Turtle Cookies or Cookie Dough?

If you love to have homemade cookies but don’t always have time to make cookie dough, you might reach for the premade cookie dough at the grocery store. You can make up batches of this cookie dough and freeze it for later use. It doesn’t take much time to make more than one batch as it does it make one. Make an extra batch and store it in the freezer. You can store it as a whole batch or scoop the cookies and have them ready for the oven.

Turtle cookies on a wooden cutting board

Can I Substitute Walnuts for Pecans?

There are many times that I am making different recipes that call for pecans. To give the recipe a twist, or because I only have walnuts or walnuts are on sale, I will substitute the pecans with walnuts.

Stacked turtle cookies with pecans and drizzled chocolate on top

Ingredients for Turtle Cookies

  • Unsalted sweet cream butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Molasses
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • Ground ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Kosher salt
  • Baking soda
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Ghirardelli milk chocolate melting wafers
  • Pecans
  • Caramel Squares

How to Make Turtle Cookies

Start with a 350 preheated oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Using a mixer, beat together the butter and powder sugar until it is fluffy.

Beat in the molasses.

Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until it is combined.

Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until it forms a dough.

Put the chopped pecans into a small bowl.

Use a small ice cream scooper to scoop out the dough balls.

Roll the dough into the pecans and place it on a cookie sheet. Repeat, until the cookies are all scooped and covered in pecans.

Turtle cookies on a baking sheet before going into the oven

Use the back of a small spoon to make an indent into the cookie dough balls

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes

Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes

Using the back of a teaspoon, make an indent into the center of the cookie.

Melt the caramels on 30-second increments until it is melted.

Spoon the melted caramel into the indention

Then melt of the Ghiradelli chocolate

Scoop into the piping bag and cut the tip-off and drizzle it over cookies

Allow hardening to happen for a few minutes

Let cookies to cool for another 30 minutes before enjoying it!

Cutting board with turtle cookies on top

Servings: 12 cookies

Turtle Cookies

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
 
My Turtle Cookies recipe is going to become a new favorite. Loaded with nuts, ginger spice, chocolate, and caramel swirls, these cookies are a family favorite that wows everyone!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp all spice spice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 24 Ghirardelli milk chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 C pecans chopped
  • 1 bag Caramel Squares unwrapped and melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, kosher salt and baking soda until combined
  3. Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter and powder sugar until combined and fluffy
  4. Beat in the molasses until combined
  5. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined
  6. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until a dough forms
  7. Pour the chopped pecan into a small bowl
  8. Using a mini ice cream scooper, scoop some dough out and roll into a ball
  9. Roll the dough into the chopped pecans
  10. Place the cookie dough ball onto the cookie sheet
  11. Repeat the steps 11 more times
  12. Place 12 cookie dough balls onto the first cookie sheet
  13. Using the back of a teaspoon or small spoon make an indent into the cookie dough balls
  14. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes
  15. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes
  16. Using the back of a teaspoon, make an indent into the center of the cookie
  17. Melt the caramels on 30 second increments
  18. Spoon the melted caramel into the indention
  19. Melt 1 C of the Ghiradelli melting chocolate
  20. Scoop into the piping bag and cut the tip off
  21. Drizzle over cookies
  22. Allow to harden for a few minutes
  23. Allow the cookies to cool for another 30 minutes before enjoying!

Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies

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