Tried & True: Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

You already know I love holiday baking (who doesn’t?!) and these Turtle Thumbprints sure can make the perfect DIY gift! Each Christmas, I pick some of my favorite cookie recipes and try out a couple new ones, pack ’em up and gift them to family and friends. This year, I decided to add in these decadent Turtle treats!

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For the recipe, keep reading!

*FULL DISCLOSURE: I was way too excited to take decent pictures. Stay with me!


  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature OR melted)
  • 2/3 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (separate whites and yolk)
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup caramels (I used 26 pcs of Werther’s Soft Caramels)
  • 1/2 tsp water


  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt. Set 1
  2. In a mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar until 2.JPG
  3. Mix in egg yolk, milk and 4.JPG
  4. Stir in flour mixture. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least one 5.JPG
  5. In a separate container, whisk egg whites in a bowl until frothy. I find room temperature egg whites work best. Place chopped pecans in another shallow 1 (2).JPG
  6. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  7. Remove dough from fridge and roll into small balls. These can be as big or as small as you’d like – I rolled about 1 tsp of dough at a time.
  8. Roll each ball in the egg whites, and then roll around in the chopped pecans until fully covered. Please on a greased baking sheet.
  9. Make indents in the center of each ball. I used the back of a small measuring spoon. You can also use your thumbs (thumbprint cookies, duh!)
  10. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Gently reinforce indents with a spoon as soon as the cookies come out of the oven!photo 3 (3)
  11. To make the caramel: microwave caramel and water at 30-second intervals until caramel is melted. Be sure to stir frequently after each interval. I have a strong microwave, so I only needed to microwave for 45 seconds tops!
  12. Pour caramel into indented cookies. Be sure not to overflow!photo 4 (3).JPG
  13. Drizzle with melted 5 (3).JPG

So simple, but so darn rewarding! They taste very similar to Turtles with a great crunch and gooey caramel centre. Yum!

Here’s a sneak peek at the other cookies I have in my 2015 Christmas Cookie Gift Box!

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(top-bottom) Ginger molasses, Turtle thumbprints, Hello Dolly Bars, White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies. Recipes coming soon! 🙂 x


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