Cookies and Candies

Chewy Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Moist and chewy chocolate cookies, studded with chopped pecans and topped with a creamy chocolate-covered caramel. These Chewy Chocolate Turtle Cookies are reminiscent of a favorite candy.

Chocolate Turtle Cookie

Ok…here goes! After a great deal of nudging from family and friends, I am joining the food blogging world! Actually, this has been an idea in the making for quite sometime. It started with the countless family recipes, clippings and cookbooks I inherited when my mom passed away. She and I shared a love of cooking (especially baking), exchanged cookbooks and chatted endlessly about new recipes we tried. This is one of the things about her that I miss the most.

I have spent numerous hours looking through her recipe collection, and when I do, I can feel her here with me. SO……as a project/memorial/tribute to my mom and the love of cooking she instilled in me, I decided to start a blog, sharing the many recipes she had collected in her 80 years. Some are treasured favorites, some are newer and some are recipes she clipped or received from friends. But ALL are recipes I have tested, tasted and photographed for this little blog.

Join me as I work my way through the hundreds (thousands?) of her favorites. My hope is that they will become favorites in your house as well. 

Baking was a weekly occurrence at our house when I was growing up. So, the emphasis in this blog will be baking. In his younger days, my dad had a HUGE sweet tooth and cookies have always been one of his favorites. (Probably because he can pop them in his mouth in one bite and wash them down with a glass of milk.)

At the end of each week, mom and I would search through cookbooks and recipe cards to find some new cookie or bar to bake and have on hand for the weekend. Chocolate chip, Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter cookies were the standard go-to cookies, but being a budding baker, I was always itching to try something new.

Now, when I page through these old recipe binders, I especially enjoy reading the notes my mom or grandma wrote about the dish. It might say “super good”, “family favorite” or “made it for church circle” which are good indicators that these are recipes I need to include in this project.
Chocolate Turtle Cookie Dough

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These Chocolate Turtle Cookies were a recipe my mom clipped from a magazine and taped into her book. The words “easy and yummy” were written in the margin. Perfect.

Chocolate. Caramel. Nuts. Chewy Chocolate Turtle Cookies are a flavor trifecta, thus fitting the “yummy” description. Easy? Absolutely. They use a chocolate chip muffin mix and a few additional ingredients, so they quickly mix together in one bowl with one spoon. Gotta love that easy cleanup! In less than 20 minutes, you can have chocolate, caramel, gooey goodness hot from the oven

I believe the original recipe was from Martha White’s muffin mix. These are so quick and easy, you don’t have to wait for weekend to whip up a batch. SO what are you waiting for? Let’s get started….you’ll thank me. Happy Baking!Chocolate Turtle Cookies on pan

Chewy Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 7-ounce packages chocolate chip muffin mix
  • 48 foil-wrapped chocolate covered caramels unwrapped
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In medium microwaveable-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and butter together for 1 minute, until melted. Stir until smooth. Stir in sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Stir in muffin mix until well blended.
  4. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; dip bottoms into chopped pecans. Place dough balls, nut side up, 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake 6-8 minutes, until edges of cookies begin to crack, but centers are still soft.
  6. Press a chocolate caramel candy in the center of each cookie; let stand 2 minutes, to soften. Swirl caramel with a toothpick or tip of a knife. Place on cooling rack and cool completely.

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