Turtle Thumbprints Cookies

These Turtle Thumbprints are rich chocolate cookies filled with caramel and topped with a pecan half or a chocolate drizzle. A wonderful addition to your holiday cookie tray!

Turtle Thumbprints | Perfect cookies for  lovers of chocolate, caramel and pecans!

If You Love Turtles, Put These Turtle Thumbprints on Your Baking List

Have you started your holiday baking? I’ve stocked up on butter, flour and sugar and will crank up the oven this week. But I had to plan ahead for this year’s Food Blogger Cookie Swap, so I baked up some turtle thumbprints to send to 3 fellow bloggers! My recipients were Coleen, The Redhead Baker (and fellow Sunday Supper blogger!), Lissa of The Flourishing Baker, and Kristen of Babcakes Bakery. I packaged up a dozen each of these gems and sent them on their way. Within days, MY cookies began arriving. I received a box of amazing Fruit Cake Cookies from my friend, Erin, of The Spiffy Cookie, some outrageously delicious Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Jamie of The Gaited Baker, and last, but not least, delectable Moravian sugar cookies from another dear friend, Janet, of From Captain’s Daughter to Army Mom. Such a fun event!

Turtle Thumbprints | Perfect cookies for  lovers of chocolate, caramel and pecans!

Slice and Bakes with a Couple Options

A log of chocolate dough was rolled in chopped pecans then sliced into rounds. Once baked, an indentation was created in the center of each cookie with a thumb or handle of a wooden spoon. The well was then filled with melted caramel when the cookies cooled. How to finish these off is up to you. I drizzled half with melted chocolate chips using my new OXO Silicone Decorating Bottle Kit. It worked like a charm! The rest I topped with a toasted pecan half…which could also be drizzled with chocolate for the FULL turtle experience. Thanks to OXO, Dixie Crystals, California Olive Ranch and Brownie Brittle for sponsoring the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

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Serves 32-36     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg (separate into yolk and white)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Penzey's)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 16 plain caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired
  • 36 pecan halves, if desired


  1. Beat together butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk and vanilla until well blended. Sift flour, cocoa and salt into batter and mix on low speed till well combined.
  2. Form dough into two logs, each 8 inches long. Whisk egg white till frothy. Paint logs with egg whites and roll in pecans. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350º. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Cut each log into 16 slices (each about ½ inch wide). Arrange on baking sheets, about 1½ inches apart. Use fingers to reshape each cookie back into a circle if needed.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press center of cookies with finger or end of spoon to make an indentation in each cookie (I used the flat end of a whisk). Allow to cool completely.
  5. Melt caramels and milk in microwave (about 60 seconds or less). Stir till smooth. Spoon a bit of caramel into the center of each cookie. Allow to cool till caramel is set.
  6. Melt chocolate chips and place into a ziplock bag. Snip off a corner and drizzle chocolate over each cookie. Or you can skip the drizzle and top each cookie with a pecan half.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 101kcal Calories from fat 62
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I’m sure these cookies are very good:@)

  2. Yummm!

  3. You always make the best baked goods, Liz! I love turtles and these would be the perfect addition to any holiday cookie platter or party spread!

  4. i had so much fun participating in the Food Blogger Cookie Swap too! i would have loved these. and how great that they are a type of slice and bake thumbprint. i’ve never seen that before!

  5. I’ve always wanted to make these cookies, they look absolutely divine!

  6. Love thumbprints, love turtles…these look amazing!

  7. I think I need these in my life.

  8. A perfect combination of flavors and textures. My husband would especially go crazy for these cookies.

  9. Awww these cookies look super duper cute. And your pictures make me crave for cookies and it’s almost bedtime. I might steal a bite, then.

  10. These are some of the best looking turtles I have ever seen. Delicious.

  11. It sure would be fun to receive a package of those cookies! What a great holiday treat.


  13. I do love turtles, and these look yummy! 🙂

  14. These turtle thumbprints look incredible, Liz! Your recipients are so lucky, they must have devoured this batch in no time!

  15. hi there,i’m ellouisa from the netherlands. I made these cookies and put them on my blog: http://ellouisacooking.blogspot.nl/2015/02/choco-caramelkoekjes.htm
    they were delicious!!
    thank you for your recipe!


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