- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- 24 caramel candies, unwrapped
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Prepare Cookie Dough:
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Fold in the finely chopped pecans.
Shape the Cookies:
Take about 1 tablespoon of dough and flatten it in your hand.
Place a caramel candy in the center of the flattened dough and wrap the dough around it, forming a ball. Ensure the caramel is completely covered.
Arrange on Baking Sheets:
Place the cookie balls on the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between each cookie.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set. The centers will be slightly soft.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Prepare Chocolate Ganache:
In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it just begins to simmer.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. Let it sit for a minute, then stir until smooth and well combined.
Top the Cookies:
Once the cookies are completely cooled, drizzle the chocolate ganache over the top of each cookie.
Optional: Add Pecan Halves:
If desired, place a pecan half on top of each cookie while the chocolate ganache is still soft.
Allow the chocolate ganache to set before serving.
Indulge in these delicious Turtle Cookies with a perfect combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans!
These cookies are sure to be a hit with anyone who loves the classic turtle candy flavors. Enjoy!