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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keywords pecan turtle cookies, thumbprint turtle cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 102 kcal
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)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. While cookies are baking, melt caramels and cream in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave one more minute or until melted.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 104IU2%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.