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Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies - Chocolate pecans and caramel come together to form the most scrumptious cookie everyone will love!
Course Christmas, Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Author Rob


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 12 unwrapped caramel squares
  • 1 tsp water


  1. 1.In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.

    2.Using a standing mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy

    3. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla until combined

    4.Gradually beat in the flour ingredients until combined

    5.Cover dough with plastic wrap and place into the fridge for 2 hours

    6.Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper

    7.Pour pecan chips into a medium bowl

    8.Using a small ice cream scooper, scoop out two tablespoon size of dough and roll into a ball

    9. Roll dough ball into the pecan chips until coated

    10.Place coated dough ball onto the cookie sheet

    11.Repeat steps with about 11-12 more cookies

    12.Using the back of a TBSP make an indent into the center of the dough

    13. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes

    14. Once timer goes off, press the TBSP into the cookies again and make a new indention

    15.Repeat steps with remaining dough

    16.Once all cookies are bake, if you haven't already, unwrap the caramels and place them into a microwave safe bowl with the 1 tsp of water

    17. Microwave on increments in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth

    18.Using a tsp, fill the indentions in the cookies with the melted caramel

    19. Allow caramel to harden for an hour before enjoying