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An overhead photo of turtle cookies, a chocolate cookie base rolled in pecans and then topped with caramel and chocolate.

Turtle Cookies

A delicious chocolate cookie base is rolled in pecans, baked, and then covered in warm caramel. To take this holiday cookie over the top it's drizzled with chocolate!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 152kcal


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans finely chopped



  • In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in 1 egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and mix until combined. Chill the dough in the fridge for 1 hour. 
  • Whisk the egg white in a small bowl until frothy. Place the chopped pecans in another small bowl. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and roll into 20 small balls. Once you’ve rolled them all into balls, working 1 at a time, dip each dough ball into the frothy egg whites and then roll the dough in the chopped pecans. You’ll need to press slightly so that the pecans will stick. 
  • Place the pecan covered balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
  • Use the back of a small measuring spoon to make an indentation in the center of each dough ball
  • Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until just set. 
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and if need be gently re-press the indentations with the back of the measuring spoon. 
  • Let cookies cool on a wire rack. When cool, drizzle melted caramel into each indentation. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. 


  • In a microwave safe bowl add the caramel bits (or other caramel you are using) and heavy cream. Microwave for 1-2 minutes in 15-20 second increments, stirring well after segment. Continue until fully melted. 


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg