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Chocolate-Caramel Turtle Cookies

Add these beautiful turtle shaped cookies made with pecan and chocolate to your dessert table - perfect for gift giving or any holiday.

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  • prep time 1 hr 40 min
  • total time 1 hr 40 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 48
 

Ingredients

2 1/2
cups pecan halves
1/2
cup water
1/2
cup sugar
3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1/4
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
48
round milk chocolate-covered chewy caramels (from 13-oz bag), unwrapped

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F (if using dark or nonstick cookie sheet, heat oven to 350°F). In medium bowl, soak pecans in water while making dough; drain well.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in flour and cocoa until dough forms.
  • 3 On ungreased cookie sheets, for each cookie, arrange 5 pecans to look like head and legs of a turtle. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into 1-inch balls. Place 1 ball on top of each group of 5 pecans, pressing lightly into pecans with palm of hand.
  • 4 Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately press 1 caramel gently onto top of each cookie; let stand 5 minutes to soften caramel. Use small spatula to flatten candy slightly. Remove cookies from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F (if using dark or nonstick cookie sheet, heat oven to 350°F). In medium bowl, soak pecans in water while making dough; drain well.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in flour and cocoa until dough forms.
  • 3 On ungreased cookie sheets, for each cookie, arrange 5 pecans to look like head and legs of a turtle. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into 1-inch balls. Place 1 ball on top of each group of 5 pecans, pressing lightly into pecans with palm of hand.
  • 4 Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately press 1 caramel gently onto top of each cookie; let stand 5 minutes to soften caramel. Use small spatula to flatten candy slightly. Remove cookies from cookie sheets to cooling racks.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Arrange these little snappers on a festive holiday plate, or place them inside a special holiday gift box.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
30mg
30%;
Total Carbohydrate
10g
10%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.