Gourmet Turtle Cookies

Today is day 3 of my 7 Cookies in 7 Days series and I have another yummy treat for you! They’re Turtle Cookies…and not a single turtle was harmed in the making! (*cough cough* Sorry…I just couldn’t help myself!)

They’re almost like a brownie-cookie, all soft, chocolate-y and yummy inside with a little crunch from the coating of nuts. And, the caramel…oh my gosh…so good!!! It rounds out the whole cookie.

When I had finished these, I took one to the hubster and asked if he liked it. I got an enthusiastic “MMM HMMM!” (with a mouth full) so I know these won’t last long! When his mouth wasn’t full, he said that these are “decadent gourmet cookies”. So, you may want to make a double batch!

Until tomorrow…

Happy Cooking!

~Renee

Interesting color contrast! :)

Interesting color contrast! 🙂

My Kitchen Aide mixer going to town creaming the butter and sugar.

My Kitchen Aide mixer going to town creaming the butter and sugar.

Adding the milk, egg, and vanilla.

Adding the half & half, egg yolk, and vanilla.

The dry ingredients are all mixed in...now on to chilling in the fridge about an hour.

The dry ingredients are all mixed in…now on to chilling in the fridge about an hour. (The cookie dough, not me…hahaha!)

Chopping pecans on my beautiful cutting board made from pecan wood...awesome!

Chopping pecans on my beautiful cutting board made from pecan wood…awesome!

Next, for dipping...first into the egg white...

Next, for dipping…first into the egg white…

...then in the chopped pecans, making sure to coat it completely.

…then in the chopped pecans, making sure to coat it completely.

Making the little indention in each cookie dough ball. It helps if you dip the spoon in sugar.

Making the little indention in each cookie dough ball. It helps if you dip the spoon in sugar.

Redoing the indention in each cookie when they come out of the oven makes a nice little nook for the caramel. Again, I'm using sugar so the spoon won't stick.

Redoing the indention in each cookie when they come out of the oven makes a nice little nook for the caramel. Again, I’m using sugar so the spoon won’t stick.

Now, I'm filling those little nooks with the yummy caramel.

Now, I’m filling those little nooks with the yummy caramel.

Drizzling the chocolate over these lovelies.

Drizzling the chocolate over these lovelies.

Such yummy goodness all in one cookie!

Such yummy goodness all in one cookie!

Gourmet Turtle Cookies

1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter, softened

2/3 Cup Sugar

1 Large Egg, separated

1 additional egg white

2 Tbls Half & Half (or Milk)

1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

1 1/4 Cups Pecans, finely chopped

For Caramel Filling:

14 Soft Caramel Candies, unwrapped*

2 Tbls Heavy Cream

Chocolate Drizzle:

2 Ounces Semi Sweet Chocolate

1 tsp Shortening

For Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar til light and fluffy. Then, beat in the half & half, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture til well combined.

Refrigerate dough at least one hour til it’s easy to handle.

In one bowl, place the egg whites and whisk them til they’re frothy. In a separate bowl, place the chopped pecans.

Make dough into balls that are approximately one inch or so in size. Dip each dough ball into the egg whites then into the pecans, making sure to cover them completely. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

Using the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indention into each cookie. You may need to dip the spoon into sugar to keep it from sticking.

Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately re-do the indention in each cookie.

For Caramel Filling:

Place unwrapped caramel candies and heavy cream into a small bowl. Microwave 30 seconds; stir. Microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring each time, til smooth. Pour about 1/2 teaspoon caramel filling into the indention on each cookie. Allow to cool completely.

For Chocolate Drizzle:

Using a double-boiler or microwave, melt the semisweet chocolate and shortening together til smooth. Place in a plastic bag, snip a tiny hole in one corner of the bag, and drizzle over the cooled cookies. Allow the drizzle to set and enjoy!

*I used Werther’s Original Soft Caramels. They’re really soft!

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2015

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