Up close picture of a turtle cookie on a cutting board

Turtle Cookies

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword turtle cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Author Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons


  • 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


  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!