8 Days of Cookies: Turtle Cookies

For as long as I can remember, turtle cookies are one of the few cookies I will eat only during the holidays; give me a dozen of these bad boys in February and they'll go to waste. Once Thanksgiving passed, I could usually be found scouring the local bakery in search of Turtle Cookies. If you've never had Turtles before, they're pretty amazing with melted chocolate, pecans and a brown-sugar filling. They're not too sweet, but just rich enough that you won't be able to easily eat a dozen in one sitting. (That's a good thing!)

for the filling

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add brown sugar and cook until bubbly, boil for one minute. Pour over crust.

for the crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

In a 13x9 pan, combine and press the flour, brown sugar and melted butter. Sprinkle the pecans over the mixture and set aside.

for topping

  • 12 ounces chocolate, milk and dark are our favorites to use.



Bake at 350º for 18-22 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle 12 ounces chocolate chips over the entire pan. Swirl to cover as soon as melted, cool completely and cut into small squares.