Thursday, December 11, 2014

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

 I love the classic “turtle”combination of caramel, pecans and chocolate so I decided to put them into a cookie!  I used the original thumbprint base, changed up the nuts, added caramel and then a finishing drizzle of melted chocolate.  Your friends and family will think you are a gourmet but won't believe how easy they are to make.  Bite sized and super delicious!

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies (28-30 cookies)                                   Printable Recipe

2/3 cup butter
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites, beaten
pecans, finely chopped
24 caramels
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or dark if you prefer)

Beat butter until creamy. Add half of the flour with sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle. 
Shape into 1 inch balls (slightly overfill small cookie scoop.)

Roll in egg whites,
then in pecans. 

Press center down with your thumb. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. You can repress a dent with a tamper into the warm cookie if it puffed up too much. Cool on rack.

In small glass bowl microwave caramels and heavy cream in 10 second intervals, stirring in between.

Spoon small amount into each cookie top. If you don’t put too much caramel on it won’t run off. It also firms up some as it cools. If it firms up before you get it all on you can microwave for a short time to resoften it.

Melt chocolate chips in small glass bowl. I did it 15 second intervals 3 times, stirring in-between each set. You can drizzle on with a fork or use a disposable frosting bag with a small hole snipped in the bottom.

Drizzle the lines on the cookies and if you like extra chocolate you can drizzle another set the other way. Let set until chocolate has set. If you need them to set up faster you can put in the freezer for a few minutes.

These cookies are easy to freeze if they make it that far! Bring to room temperature before serving.

Here is a twist, using the same base. Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies
 and the original Thumbprint Cookies


  1. wow these look yummy! I pinned them for my cookie plates this season. Thanks!

  2. I really like your step by step tutorial. These look great!

    1. Thank you. I hope this helps out those not completely comfortable in the kitchen see how it's done!

  3. These are so cute and you make it look so easy!

  4. Oh my goodness, there is some serious yumminess here! I would love to make these! Pinning so I can make them later! And yumming them too!

    1. Almost too good! Share with your friend and family or you will eat them all! LOL

  5. These look delicious and not too hard. :)

  6. These look delicious! And I'm all about easy when it comes to recipes. Pinning this to make with my kids over the holidays!

  7. These look so yummy - they wouldn't last long at our house. Thank you for the great recipe and tutorial. Cathy

  8. Oh My Gosh, these are so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning and sharing.

  9. I love making the thumbprint cookies for Christmas time and your variation looks amazing. May have to try instead of the classic recipe I usually use. So, thanks Jenny :)

  10. These look amazing! Thanks for the great recipe:)

  11. Jenny,

    I could eat tons of these cookies. I love turtles. Nothing better than pecans, caramel and chocolate.
    Blessings and have a great week,
    Diane Roark

  12. OMGosh these cookies look so good!! Almost sinful, but perfect for the holidays!

  13. I have never made thumbpint cookies. Ever. I think I need to start with these. They look fabulous! Pinning Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFridays this week.