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Turtle cookies are soft, chewy and loaded with chocolate chips, pecans and caramel bites—a winning combination. Gobble these up warm out of the oven with a big glass of ice-cold milk.
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.
Other Cookie Recipes to Try:
- Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Homemade Oreo Cookies
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
- Carrot Cake Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Molasses Cookies
- Grandma’s Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe
How to make Turtle 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.
More Cookie Recipes
If you have a Cookie Monster in the family, or if you are a Cookie Monster yourself, here are some more incredible cookie recipes to indulge your cookie cravings:
- Monster Cookies – The ultimate Cookie Monster cookie! They are loaded with chocolate chips, M&M’s, oatmeal, and peanut butter.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies – A peanut butter cookie with a jelly filling. A great after-school-snack cookie.
- Spiced Molasses Cookies – Molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves give these traditional cookies so much flavor. They are soft and chewy and so good!
- No Bake Cookies – Too hot to turn on the oven or short on time? No Bake Cookies are the answer! These chocolate cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
- Homemade Oreo Cookies – An all time favorite in our family! Two soft, chewy, chocolate cookies sandwich a creamy cream cheese filling.