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TURTLE CHEESECAKE COOKIES

A cookie version of those beloved chocolate turtle candies. Soft cream cheese cookies are filled with caramel and pecans and drizzled with chocolate just like the original.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 -4 dozen
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals light brown sugar, packed tightly
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Nestle Toll House DelightFulls - caramel filled chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 6 squares dark chocolate, broken up
  • 6- oz caramels
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugars until creamy. Continue beating while you add egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture beating until well mixed.
  4. Stir in DelightFulls and pecans.
  5. Shape into balls or drop by rounded tablespoon, placing 2" apart, on prepared cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Once cool, place wax paper under wire racks, then drizzle cookies with melted chocolate and caramel sauce.
  8. To melt chocolate, place in microwave safe measuring cup and melt in microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until all chocolate is melted. This usually takes about 1-1/2 minutes. Using a fork, drizzle over cookies.
  9. To melt caramels, place caramels and heavy whipping cream in microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. Melt in microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Usually takes about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Using a fork, drizzle over cookies in opposite pattern than chocolate drizzle.
  10. Let set then store in covered tins.