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Chocolate Turtle Cookies


Chocolate Turtle Cookies Recipe

Chocolate, caramel, and pecans are a combination happily celebrated in candy, cake... and these cookies.

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24 cookies


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter, salt, cinnamon, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa together to remove any lumps.
  4. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed wet ingredients, then mix in the pecan meal.
  5. Place 24 clusters of 5 pecans each onto the prepared pans, leaving a dime-sized circle empty in the center of each cluster.
  6. Divide the dough into 24 balls, 1/2 ounce each.
  7. Flatten the balls into 1 1/2" disks, and place them atop the pecan clusters, pressing down slightly.
  8. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until you start to smell chocolate. You won't see much change in color. The cookies should remain soft, as they'll crisp as they cool.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven, place 1/2 a caramel (or a thin, nickel-sized dollop, if you're using block caramel) on top of each of the cookies.
  10. Immediately top each cookie with a chocolate disk. The caramel and chocolate will melt and flatten.
  11. Cool the cookies for several hours before storing in airtight containers for up to a week.