Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Caramel Pecan Turtle Cookies

I suppose it's no surprise to any of you, that I love to bake.
I think I've said it often enough over the years.
So when Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life said she was
throwing a holiday baking party with some friends,
 I just knew I had to participate.
I pulled this recipe from a magazine many moons ago,
and finally got around to making them!
 (Oh you should see my folder of "recipes pulled from a magazine." 
It's Scary with a capital S!)
These cookies are very yummy, but I must caution you: 
They are easy to make, but a little bit time consuming. 

Caramel Pecan Turtle Cookies

1 cup Crisco or 1 Crisco stick
1½ cups sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 to 5 cups flour (I used 4 cups)
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
28 caramels
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups pecan halves
1 (6 ounce) bag chocolate chips

Cream Crisco & sugars together.  Add milk.  Beat in eggs one at a time; add vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar & salt.  Mix into creamed mixture.  Chill 1 hour.

Heat oven 350°.  Roll out 1/3 of dough at a time, to ¼ inch thickness on a floured surface.  Cut out with a 2¼ inch cookie cutter.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. 

Bake 5 to 6 minutes, until edges are slightly golden.  Remove to cooling rack.

For topping, combine caramels & milk in microwave safe bowl.  Cover with waxed paper.  Microwave at 50% for 1 minute.  Stir, repeat until smooth.  (Or you can melt on stovetop in small saucepan at very low heat.)  Drop rounded teaspoonfuls on top of each cookie.  Place 3 pecan halves around edge of caramel. 

Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl.  Microwave at 50% for 1 minute.  Stir, repeat until smooth.  (Or again, you can melt on stovetop in small saucepan at very low heat.)  Spread rounded teaspoonfuls over top of caramel, but don't cover pecans.  Cool completely. 

Yield:  5 dozen

Now go ahead & enjoy that turtle cookie...mmmmm...

Linking to:
Holiday Baking Party at A Stroll thru Life
 All Things Thursday at Posed Perfection


Kerin said...

My goodness, those are some delicious looking cookies.
I am so glad that you enjoy baking so much!
I used to.. but, I've sorta gotten out of the habit, since we moved here a few years ago.

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.
I have piles of "ideas" I've pulled out of magazines too.
I still save ideas, even with Pinterest~~ *grin**.

Have a wonderful week.

Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Oh, Gina! These look a-mazing! I love turtles...the dessert kind...and these sound delicious! I hope you'll link them up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop that's live right now. Have a wonderful week...and a blessed Thanksgiving!

Blondie's Journal said...

Gina...these look delicious!! A lady in our area makes "giant" versions of these. I've always wanted to try them. Thanks for the recipe! :)


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my word!


Thanks, Gina!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Oh boy.....I should NOT be reading this before breakfast! They look wonderful! I think i could compete in the saved recipe file......I tell Myself it's a harmless, inexpensive habit......

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, the sound decadent. Gott' keep this recipe for sure. Thanks so much for linking to the Holiday Baking Party. Hugs, marty

Bliss said...

Now that is funny.... I just replied to another blogger in email about our love for turtles, opened your blog page and look! So I gotta pin these, it was meant to be.

anangloinquebec said...

Uh-oh, here we go....cookie season. You usually post some real winners! I have got to take a week and curb my diet so I can fully enjoy all these lovely treats.

White Weathered Hutch said...

Oh my these look amazing and I bet they taste just a s good.
Yup it's cookie season.....

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

OMG!! These look sooooooo good Gina...wanna pass one through the computer;)

Shannon Fox said...

Nom Nom Nom. You've got my address right? Those look D-lish. Off to pin G. Hope you and the family are well!! Hugs, Shan

Art and Sand said...

Those look delicious. I have a cookie exchange coming up so maybe I will make them.

chateau chic said...

Wow, these look fabulous!!!
Mary Alice

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Yum! If only I could eat them I would.

Janet said...

Those cookies do look yummy! I made your apple cake recipe last month and thought of you!

Ricki Treleaven said...

My oldest daughter would absolutely love these, Gina. Thanks for sharing!

kitty said...

Oh goodness gracious, Gina, do these ever look good! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. xo

Danielle Giannandrea said...

Some cookies are worth the extra work! These look delicious and I'm sure taste as good as they look! I love turtles as it is, but to combine them with a are blowing my mind! : ) Yummy!

Debbiedoos said...

WOW these look so good. Sorry I have not been around as much as I should be I see. I missed all this.

Barbara F. said...

These look so darn good, my kind of treat, sweet chocolate-y, caramel-y, decadent! Mmmmmmmm. xo

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