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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!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turtle cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Jill


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, kosher salt and baking soda until combined
  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter and powder sugar until combined and fluffy
  • Beat in the molasses until combined
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined
  • Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until a dough forms
  • Pour the chopped pecan into a small bowl
  • Using a mini ice cream scooper, scoop some dough out and roll into a ball
  • Roll the dough into the chopped pecans
  • Place the cookie dough ball onto the cookie sheet
  • Repeat the steps 11 more times
  • Place 12 cookie dough balls onto the first cookie sheet
  • Using the back of a teaspoon or small spoon 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
  • Spoon the melted caramel into the indention
  • Melt 1 C of the Ghiradelli melting chocolate
  • Scoop into the piping bag and cut the tip off
  • Drizzle over cookies
  • Allow to harden for a few minutes
  • Allow the cookies to cool for another 30 minutes before enjoying!