Soft, chocolate-y, pecan-y cookie filled with smooth-&-creamy caramel are just a few ways to describe these delicious cookies from TheKitchenIsMyPlayground.com. Oh, and drizzled with chocolate drizzle if you so desire.

Ingredients

Cookie:

  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 Cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2/3 Cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated, plus 1 additional egg white
  • 2 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 Cup pecans, finely chopped

Caramel Filling:

  • 14 soft caramel candies
  • 3 Tablespoon heavy cream

Chocolate Drizzle (optional):

  • 2 Ounce semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 Teaspoon shortening

Preparation

Step 1

Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.

Step 2

With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla; mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined.

Step 3

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

Step 4

Whisk egg whites in a bowl until frothy. Place chopped pecans in another bowl. Roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls, dip in egg whites, and then roll in pecans. Place balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Using a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball.

Step 5

Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 12 minutes.

Step 6

Microwave caramels and cream together in a small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 7

Once cookies are removed from the oven, gently re-press the indentations. Fill each indentation with about 1/2 teaspoon of the caramel mixture. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 8

Place chocolate and shortening in a small zip-top plastic bag. Set bag in a bowl of warm water to soften. Gently knead the chocolate with your fingers until melted and smooth, placing back in the warm water for a minute or two as needed.

Step 9

Snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag. Drizzle chocolate over the cooled Turtle Cookies.