These turtle cookies have every indulgent flavor we could pack in a recipe: chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and toffee. You’re already baking a batch, aren’t you?
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
2/3 cup almond toffee bits
2/3 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
2/3 cup milk chocolate morsels
10 ounce vanilla caramels
2 to 3 tablespoons whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk chocolate morsels, melted
How to Make It
TIP: The chocolate drizzle on the cookies will harden as it cools.
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg, beating until blended. Add baking mix, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in toffee bits, chopped peanuts, and 2/3 cup chocolate morsels.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets; flatten dough with hand.
Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool cookies on baking sheets 1 minute; remove cookies to wire racks.
Microwave caramels and 2 tablespoons cream in a glass bowl at HIGH 1 minute; stir. Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring until caramels melt and mixture is smooth; add remaining cream, if necessary. Stir in vanilla. Spoon caramel mixture evenly onto tops of cookies; drizzle evenly with melted chocolate.
I made this recipe as a gift for some friends last Christmas, but don't think I would make them again. They're somewhat labor intensive and I wasn't a fan of the base cookie. The caramel and chocolate toppings were great, so I would suggest just substituting a more standard peanut butter cookie recipe instead.
I used the Bisquick substitute & instead of peanuts used pecans. These cookies were delicious and had great presentation for my cookie exchange. I flatted the cookies with a solid metal spatula instead of my hand to make them more uniform. These will definitely be made each holiday.
Havent made this recipe yet, BUT...peanut butter cookie dough base?! I am excited to make this recipe and will use a pecan sables ( like pecan shortbread dough) recipe as the base instead so they are more true to the flavor of the real Turtles. Also, I may adapt them to being bars for speedier prep. Bon apptite everyone!
These were the best cookies I have ever had!! Needless to say they didn't last long! Followed the recipe exactly except for using a Bisquick Substitute recipe.
1 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon Crisco.
Mix dry ingredients together, then using a pastry knife cut the Crisco into the mix. Makes 1 cup Bisquick equivalent.
I liked the presentation of this, but like others, didn't care for the bisquick. So I made this just like the recipie exept I just used a peanut butter cookie base. I did what is considered "traditional" when you think turtles, put pecan halves under the cookies so they resemble the little guy. Great. I will make these again for the flavor and the wow factor.
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