Thumbprint Turtle Cookies with Pecans

Calling all chocolate and caramel lovers! These Pecan Thumbprint Turtle Cookies are like everyone’s favorite turtle candies in cookie form. Soft, chewy cookies with a center of caramel & a drizzle of chocolate are so decadent and delicious you might not want to share.

Turtle Cookies on white plate with Christmas greenery in back.


Pecan Turtle Cookies

Raise your hand if you love those turtle candies! You know the ones, chocolate covered gooey caramel candies with pecans. Yummm!  These candies bring back fond memories of my family vacations to Florida. We never forgot to stop in Georgia and pick up a box or two. It was a special treat we all looked forward to.

Now take that delicious concept one step further and put all that chocolaty, caramel goodness into a cookie. What have you got now? You’ve got a chewy caramel filled, chocolate drizzled delicious and, yep, decadent cookie!

Turtle Cookies 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

These cookies take a little time to assemble but they are worth every minute. Step 1 is making the cookie dough which then needs to chill so that it is easier to handle. Roll into balls then dip into frothy egg whites and crushed pecans. Place on cookie sheets and make a small indentation with the back of a spoon in the center of each cookie. Once baked you will have to make it again in order to have room for the caramel.

Turtle Cookies square | 2 Cookin Mamas

Step 2, fill the depressions in the cookies with melted caramel and let them cool. And finally Step 3, and the kids love to help with this step, drizzle lots of melted chocolate over the top. Now try to keep them in the house long enough to serve to guests. Enjoy!

Turtle Cookies closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

More Yummy Cookies for the Holidays

Peanut Butter Cup CookiesReese’s peanut butter cups surrounded by a soft and chewy cookie.

Chocolate Peppermint Pudding CookiesChocolate and peppermint just screams Christmas! Soft, buttery, chocolaty goodness with just the right amount of peppermint chips to add a minty crunch.

Pistachio Cherry MeltawaysAn easy to make buttery soft cookie made with a pudding mix and dotted with cherries just melt in your mouth.

Lemon SquaresA gluten-free and regular version of a dessert standard. Rich, refreshingly sweet and slightly tart with a buttery shortbread crust, covered with creamy lemon filling, then sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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These cookies are like everyone’s favorite turtle candies in cookie form. Soft, chewy cookies with a center of caramel & a drizzle of chocolate are so decadent and delicious you might not want to share.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Linda Warren



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white plus egg white from separated egg above
  • 1-1/4 cup pecans, chopped fine

Caramel Filling

  • 14 soft caramel candies
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate (about 1/3 cup chips)


  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract and mix well. Reduce speed on mixer to low and add dry ingredients. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to firm up for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • To assemble cookies for baking, first whisk the 2 eggs whites until frothy. In another bowl, place the finely chopped pecans. Now, form small balls using the palms of your hands and dip first into egg whites and then into pecans. Place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets and make a small indentation in the center of each with the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • While cookies are baking, melt caramels and cream in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave one more minute or until melted.
  • Remove cookies from oven and place baking sheets on wire racks then immediately repress the indentation in each cookie. Fill indentations with a small amount of melted caramel mixture. Let cool for another 10-15 minutes on cookie sheets then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
  • Once cooled, prepare chocolate drizzle by melting shortening and chocolate together in microwave in 30 second increments. Stir in-between. Do not overcook. Once melted, place in small resealable bag, snip corner and drizzle back and forth over the top of the cookies.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg


Thumbprint Turtle Cookies with Pecans

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