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Turtle Cookie Cups Recipe

Turtle Cookie Cups Recipe

The gooey caramel pairs wonderfully with crunchy pecans. For a twist, use white chocolate chips in the cups and drizzle with white chocolate. — Heather King, Frostburg, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + standing Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup Kraft caramel bits
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 48 pecan halves (about 3/4 cup)


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place in greased mini-muffin cups. Press evenly onto bottoms and up the sides of cups. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. With the back of measuring teaspoon, make an indentation in each cup. Immediately sprinkle with 3/4 cup chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt caramel bits with cream; stir until smooth. Spoon into cups. Top each with a pecan half. In a microwave, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Drizzle over pecans. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 145 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein

Reviews for Turtle Cookie Cups

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Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Good but not great!"

Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"Amazing! I tried these for a family get together. Instant hit & I had to make them for Christmas that year. I also used a salted Carmel ice cream topping rather than make the sauce, it was a first since I usually do, but it still tasted great so when in a pinch I've been ok using a cheat. But there's no losing with these treats. I'm making them again tonight for a bbq. No worries no how they'll be received"

Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"I use chocolate chip cookie dough for my cup and it worked great. time saver recipe and the taste is great, didn't need to add chocolate chips. rate 5 star"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"The grand kids gobbled these up. I used dark brown sugar. Next time I will use light brown sugar instead. The dark brown sugar made the cookie cups a bit to dark colored."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"These are really tasty. I didn't top with a pecan half, but just put a little more chopped pecans in the cup. I also used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, which was really good. Time consuming, but well worth it. Would definitely make these again. Also I used a cup of regular size caramels instead of the bits, and it worked just fine."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"can these be frozen also do you think these would be suitable to mail very much want to make these to sent to kids living in another state thanks for your help

I am going to give a 5 star rating because I believe they will be good have to rate to post my questions"

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Looks Great!!! I see Christmas Party Cookies coming. Someone asked what Caramel Pieces are they are mini caramel pieces unwrapped in bags on the same aisle as Chocolate Chips on the baking goods aisle."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"We loved the taste of these cute little cups. People asked for the recipe!"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"Amazing! I ended up not putting the chocolate drizzle on top. On half I drizzled some sea salt and the others I left with just caramel. Yum! Thanks for sharing!!"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"eruther, you can buy bags of caramel bits in the chocolate chip aisle of Wal-Mart"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"By caramel bits do you mean those individually wrapped caramels or what?"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"I bake a lot for the holidays. Does anyone know if these would freeze ok?"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"These were an instant hit -- at home and at work. They turned out looking just like the picture. (That never happens!) And they were as delicious as they were beautiful."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"I dont usually do reviews but on this one, I made about 50 for our church and oh people just cant stop talking about how fancy and delicious they are..these are so easy and fast to make, my little girl even had fun helping out. I did make little changes tho, reduce butter and use toasted coconut flakes on top..soo good. Thanks Heather king for sharing your recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"These are becoming a seasonal favorite."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013


Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"Made these this weekend. They are delicious ! Easy recipe to follow. The only change I will make is to change from semi-sweet chocolate chips to milk chocolate chips. I will be using this recipe for our Christmas Cookie Exchange. I think they will be a hit!"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"Very easy to make. Instead of the caramel bits and heavy whipping cream I used a caramel flavored ice cream topping. My chocolate chips did not melt initially in the cups so I placed them back in the oven for 2 minutes. My college kids loved them!"

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