Turtle Cookies

4.67 from 6 votes

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Turtle cookies are soft, chewy and loaded with chocolate chips, pecans and caramel bitesโ€”a winning combination. Gobble these up warm out of the oven with a big glass of ice-cold milk. 

Turtle Cookies with chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel bits served on a red decorative plate.

Turtle Cookies

Turtle cookies make a regular appearance in our home as it’s one of our favorite cookies in the entire world. They smell incredible while baking, and will leave your fingers perfectly sticky while eating them thanks to the caramel bits and chocolate chips.

If you are looking for a recipe to bring to a holiday party, a new mom, or even just for dessert, give these turtle cookies a try. You might just find it’s your new favorite cookie!

What are Turtle Cookies?

Turtle Cookies are cookies made with all of the delicious flavors and textures traditionally found in turtle chocolate candy. Namely this means chocolate, caramel, and pecans. I’m a huge fan of turtle chocolate candy and cookie dough, so this is really a marriage of two favorite things.

I knew I wanted to make Turtle Cookies the moment I discovered baking caramel bits. They make baking with caramel so much easier.

I love baking and making caramel apples with classic caramel candies, but unwrapping every individual piece is so time-consuming. It takes forever! Now I can have my cake and eat it too. Speaking of cake, now my head is just spinning with ideas for caramel bits in other recipes.

Recipe Tips for Turtle Cookies

Since I’ve made the recipe for turtle cookies dozens of times (or more), I have learned a few tips and tricks that will help your cookies turn out perfect every time. Here’s what you need to know:

Choose the right chocolate chip. To make these turtle cookies, be sure to use semi-sweet or even dark chocolate chips. We tried milk chocolate chips and it made the cookies way too sweet.

Substitute the nuts. Feel free to substitute with chopped almonds if you are not a pecan fan, or leave them out altogether if you don’t like nuts.

Try diced apples. Another REALLY yummy substitute is swapping the pecans out for diced dried apples. This makes the turtle cookies taste more like awesome caramel apple cookies! You can even make the dough then add apples to half and pecans to the other half if you want to try both.

How to make Turtle Cookies

Turtle Cookies

Turtle Cookies

4.67 from 6 votes
Turtle Cookies combine all of the flavors and textures of a turtle candy into a scrumptious cookie. One bite and you’ll be hooked!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies



  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  •  In a medium size bowl, stir together flour with baking soda and salt, and set aside
  • In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. 
  • Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
  • Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture.
  •  Stir in nuts, chocolate chips, and caramel bits. 
  • Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. 
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 117mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 176IUCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were so good! Crispy edges and chewy inside! These also made a ton of cookies, probably a little over 24 regular sized ones. I’d make these again, they were pretty reliable for a first try.

    1. Thank you for rating this recipe and sharing your experience with it. I’m so glad you liked it!

  2. 3 stars
    Taste, these cookies are right up there yummy! I used my air bake cookie sheets. Most cookies, you let them sit a minute before you move them to a rack to cool. Not these cookies! That caramel sticks to the pan like there is no tomorrow, so I had to pop the pan back in the oven, to be able to get them off. It still was not easy. The caramel got on the spatula, and then goofed up all the cookies as I was trying to remove them. Next batch I thought I would try taking them off right away. Still was not easy. I decided to use parchment paper on the last 2 batches and to be honest, those caramels still gooed up my spatula. Flavor is great, but not a happy baking experience!!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these and they were amazing!! I’m definitely saving this recipe. I can’t wait to share them with my friends and family! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. This happened to me too. I tried chilling the dough, cooking at a lower temperature and not putting the caramels in the dough at all. I cannot seem to figure out why this recipe only yields me paper thin crisps…. Disappointed. I quadrupled the recipe for a cookie exchange and now I’m not sure what to do. ๐Ÿ™

    1. I am so sorry this recipe didn’t turn out for you! Sometimes my cookies turn out too thin if I add butter that is too soft or semi-melted. Altitude and climate where you live can also make a big difference when baking!

      1. I love these cookies, I just tried for the first time last month and I’ve already made them twice. I was a bit scared of the caramel because of the previous concerns but I tried it and if you try to take them off the cookie sheet to soon the caramel will still be soft I left them on the cookie sheet 8 to 10 minutes and I didn’t have any issues with the caramel ot was nice and set in the bottom yet soft and chewy in the middle. Love them!

  5. I tried this recipe, the dough tasted wonderful, but the butter melted before the cookie could even bake and it ended in a huge mess of paper thin crisps … am i supposed to freeze the dough before cooking ?

    1. I am so sorry this recipe didn’t work for you! I haven’t had that happen before so I am not sure what went wrong! The recipe doesn’t call for freezing the dough, but if you live in a warmer climate you might want to chill it a little bit before baking. Hope this helps!

  6. Where can I find the Caramel bits? I clicked on the link it only took me to more recipe’s.
    Carol Hillidge

  7. I just TRIED to make these cookies and they stick to the sheet and the turner. Next to impossible to get them off of the sheet or the turned. Delicious flavor to to big of a mess to serve to anyone. I even tried greasing the cookie sheets and use parchment paper. Not but 6 cookies were in the shape of a cookies. ๐Ÿ™ Any suggestions?????

    1. shoot, I’m not sure what went wrong. Mine came off fine. Maybe next time instead of mixing in the caramels, try adding them to the top of the dough just before cooking.

    2. 5 stars
      I just made these and they’re amazing! I made one tray with a silicon mat and one without. When I tried to pull a cookie off the one without the mat I had an “oh oh” moment, but when I grabbed a spatula and started pulling them off it went off without a hitch!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your scrumptious recipes. My
    family & friends will just love me more for baking for them
    Thanks again