• Lauren Humphreys

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Is there a such thing as too much chocolate?

Haha—that was a joke. Of course not!

These cookies feature a soft and rich chocolate cookie base covered in chopped pecans. After baking, they are topped with Dove Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Squares. I have always been a fan of turtle anything because I love chocolate, pecans, and caramel. These cookies can be baked for the holidays but would honestly be great any time of year.

As 2020 comes to a close, I am feeling so grateful for my good health and strong support system of family and friends. Even though our holiday celebrations were limited this year, and I did not make it home to Iowa for Christmas, I am so thankful for the blessings I do have. I wish you and yours all the best as we start a new year in 2021. With that:

Spread cheer and chocolate!

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

2 cups pecans, finely chopped

1 7.94-ounce bag Dove Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Squares

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, and mix until combined. The cookie dough will be fairly thick.

Scoop dough and roll into 1 inch balls. Coat each ball in chopped pecans. You may need to press them in slightly so they do not fall off during baking. Place on parchment lined baking trays and bake for about 8 minutes. The cookies should still feel fairly soft and be slightly puffed.

Once removed from the oven, gently place one Dove chocolate square into the center of each cookie. The cookies will crackle slightly. Let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes and carefully transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling or enjoy warm.

Makes about 24 cookies

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