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Turtle Cookies

Our special ed class developed these fudgy turtle cookies. We have a cookie club teachers can pay to join, and members give this cookie two thumbs up. —Debbie Ethridge, Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1-1/4 cups caramel bits
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Microwave butter on high until melted. Add chocolate chips and milk; microwave until chips are melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in vanilla. Add flour; mix well. Stir in pecans and caramel bits.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges are set, 7-9 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, microwave chocolate chips and shortening on high until melted. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 121 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • lvarner
    Feb 4, 2020

    I love turtle candy so had to try this recipe. Loved the end product! They taste delicious and so remind me of my favorite candy. It's hard to beat this flavor combination.

  • Linda
    Dec 17, 2017

    I find it interesting that Kansas's favorite cookie comes from a recipes from a lady in Arkansas.

  • xenazoe
    Jan 15, 2017

    I made these cookies for my co-workers and had lots of compliments and requests for the recipe. They are super fudgy and easy to make. I made some adjustments, choosing to use the stove top to melt the chocolate and mix the dough. Be sure to take the cookies out on time--they will not appear to be cooked, but will firm up after cooling. I also added a white chocolate drizzle to mine, which looked pretty.

  • jeanmariecenters
    Dec 22, 2016

    These are excellant cookies. I made them for Thanksgiving and have made them several times since then. They are a mixture of cookie and candy. Several friends have asked for the recipe also.