Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

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.

Cook Time:15 min

Prep Time:15 min

Total Time:30 min

Servings: 30

Ingredients:

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

14 soft caramel candies

3 Tablespoon heavy cream

2 Ounce semi-sweet chocolate

1 Teaspoon shortening

Preparation:

Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.

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.

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

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.

Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 12 minutes.

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

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.

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.

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