Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

READY IN: 1hr 37mins
Recipe by Lauren Kay

Total decadence! If you love turtle candies, you will love these cookies.

Top Review by Piper C

These were awesome! I was looking for something to use for my son's Dr Seuss themed birthday party. We used your cookies for Yertle the Turtle. Super easy and so yummy! These were a bigger hit than the cupcakes. And I had a ton of people ask for the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the butter, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour. Beat until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate until firm, about an hour.
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Combine caramels and whipping cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted and smooth, stirring after every minute. Spoon about 1/2 t caramel mixture into the center of each cookie. Top with a pecan half.
  4. Place chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 30 seconds or until melted; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cooled caramel cookies. Let stand until set, about 2 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

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