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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Cookies

These Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Cookies are tender, chewy chocolate cookies stuffed with melty caramel and chopped pecans - they're irresistible!
Course Baking, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Baking, Canadian, Chocolate, Dessert
Keyword Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Cookies, Homemade Turtles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 228kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, plus extra for garnish
  • 24 soft caramel candies
  • caramel sauce for garnish, if desired


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugars together in a large bowl using your stand mixer or a hand-held mixer on high speed. Beat in the egg, the vanilla extract and the milk.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, the flour, the baking soda and the salt and when it's combined add it to the butter mixture.
  • Mix everything together until it's well combined and there are no streaks of flour remaining.
  • Stir in the chopped pecans until they're distributed throughout.
  • Scoop the cookie batter out in portions just a little bigger than a tablespoon and flatten the batter into your palm.
  • Place a caramel candy into the center of the dough and fold the dough over the caramel candy so it's in the middle of the ball of dough.
  • Place the dough balls onto the lined baking sheet and press down just slightly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-12 minutes or until the cookies have lost their shine on top.
  • Let the cookies cool slightly on the pan before trying to move them. This will help the cookies deflate slightly and the caramel to settle inside the cookies.
  • Top each cookie with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkling of chopped pecans.



These cookies keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For best results, reheat slightly before serving to warm the caramel inside.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg