I stumbled across this yummy-looking recipe for chocolate turtle cookies and had to try it. They were pretty easy to make and my cookies turned out a little messier, but they tasted delicious and the boys gobbled them up. I did go out to get the chocolate extract and it was so worth it!
Chocolate Turtle Cookies
Yield: About 42 cookies
Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 8 min
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla or chocolate extract (see *tips)
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped and melted (I use a glass dish in the microwave)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
20 caramel squares, unwrapped
1/4 cup half and half cream
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats (or spray with nonstick spray).
2. Use an electric mixer and a large bowl to combine the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and extract, then chocolate. Add the flour and mix until combined. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet 2-inches apart, and make a thumbprint in each ball.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through and not super soft. When you take them out of the oven, use a small spoon to press down slightly into the thumbprinted areas again- just to make sure each cookie has a nice impression. Cool.
4. Melt caramels in a double boiler. Stir in the half and half until well-combined and smooth. Spoon a little bit of the caramel mixture into each cookie imprint. Top with a pecan half.
*These cookies will be more chocolatey with chocolate extract, which can be found in specialty markets like Whole Foods.
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