Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Fudgy chocolate cookies with pecans and caramel. Like your favorite turtle chocolate candies in cookie form!

Chocolate Turtle Cookies - like your favorite turtle chocolate candies in cookie form! Recipe at

Welcome to recipe #1 of my Sally’s Cookie Palooza!

For the next 10 days, I will be sharing a new cookie recipe with you. Just in time for Christmas! Make sure your cookie jar is currently empty, because you’ll be making quite a few dozen soon. From sprinkles, to mint chocolate, to caramel, to coconut, to red velvet, to shortbread – I think you’ll all find a cookie to love.

Are you ready for 10 new cookie recipes? 😉

Chocolate Turtle Cookies - like your favorite turtle chocolate candies in cookie form! Recipe at

We’re going to start with something sort of amazing, wonderful, crazy, fudgy, nutty, caramel-y, and hands down AWESOME. Chocolate turtle cookies!

I was never a fan of pecans when I was little. When we had homemade pecan rolls every Christmas morning (among other things), I’d pick off all the nuts and give them to my mom. These days I’m completely nuts about them.

Pecans, chocolate, and caramel make up one of my favorite candies: chocolate turtles. I took all of those flavors and turned them into one irresistible cookie. And you know what? These over-the-top cookies give chocolate turtle candies a run for their money.

You’ll start with my standard chocolate cookie recipe. This chocolate cookie dough is so versatile. You can make s’mores cookies, candy cane kiss cookies, inside out chocolate chip cookies, and salted caramel cookies.

The cookie dough requires chilling, so make sure you plan ahead. You must chill this cookie dough because it is much too sticky to form into balls. Plus, chilling the dough will reduce spread. You don’t want flat turtle cookies, trust me.

Chocolate Turtle Cookies - like your favorite turtle chocolate candies in cookie form! Recipe at

After the cookie dough has been chilled, roll into balls. Then, roll each into some crushed pecans before baking.

After the cookies cool down a little, drizzle salted caramel all over each. Hubba hubba!

Chocolate Turtle Cookies - like your favorite turtle chocolate candies in cookie form! Recipe at

Get to baking, I promise there won’t be a chocolate crumb left!

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chocolate turtle cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Fudgy chocolate cookies with pecans and caramel. Like your favorite turtle chocolate candies in cookie form! This cookie dough requires at least 2 hours to chill.


  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (52g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • 3/4 cup (105g) chopped pecans
  • homemade salted caramel


  1. Make the cookies: Toss the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as needed. Switch the mixer to medium speed and beat in the granulated sugar and brown sugar until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Turn the mixer off and pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat until a very soft dough is formed. Beat in the milk on medium speed. The dough will be very sticky. Cover the dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. Chilling is mandatory.
  3. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes so it is not rock hard. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  4. Scoop 1 Tablespoon of dough, form into a ball, and roll in the pecans. Repeat for each cookie. Place 10 balls onto each baking sheet.
  5. Bake each batch for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Drizzle warm caramel over cookies and allow to set for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months, with or without caramel. I find it’s best to drizzle with caramel right before serving, though. Unbaked cookie dough balls (before rolling in pecans) will freeze well for up to 3 months. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, pre-heat the oven, then roll in chopped pecans. Bake as directed. Store any leftover caramel in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Use it on ice cream, these cookies, as a dipping sauce for fruit or graham crackers, and more. Warm the caramel up for a few seconds before using in a recipe.
  2. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

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  1. Happy Anniversary! We all love you and your blog! 🙂
    p.s. those turtle cookies will be making my Christmas cookie tray!

    1. Thanks so much Madison! Let me know how you enjoy these. They’re definitely being made again on Christmas.

  2. Cate @ Chez CateyLou says:

    I’m so excited for your cookie palooza! And way to start with a bang – these cookies look so good! I love caramel and pecans. and obviously chocolate! Happy anniversary – it is amazing how much you have done in two years!

    1. Thanks Cate, I appreciate that!

  3. Happy anniversary ! I love your blog ,keep working like this and god be with you!

    1. Thanks for reading and for the well wishes, Mehnaz!

  4. Ohhhhh goodness… 10 days of cookies is about to get really exciting. And really dangerous. The good kind of dangerous, though. 🙂 What a delicious way to start. Turtle has to be one of the best flavor combinations ever. Your photos do them such justice!

    1. Thanks Erin! 10 posts in a day – 10 days straight. Much more than I usually do! I already have my coffee handy lol. And thanks for the compliment on the pics!

  5. 10 days of cookies!!! Ya! I could not be more excited! These cookies look nothing short of incredible and I personally love the turtle cookie combo!

    1. Thanks Tieghan!

  6. It must be turtle candy season– I just posted a recipe on my blog for turtle cookie cups last week and suddenly looking at these luscious cookies I’m craving more ‘turtles! Congrats on your 2 year anniversary!!

    1. I happen to think it’s always turtle season. Love those candies! Your turtle cookie cups sound incredible Sarah!

  7. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    10 days of cookies???? COOKIES ARE MY FAVORITE!!! And these? I’ll take them over the turtle candies any day of the week. They look so rich and delicious, Sally! I can’t wait for the other 9!!

    1. Thanks Ari – I love your excitement! I ran this past weekend in my neon shoes and thought of you. Neon makes us run faster!

  8. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    These cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks Sally!

    1. Thanks Layla! Let me know how you like them!

  9. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    omiGOODNESS! Loving these. That caramel is just ahhhhmazing!

  10. Hi Sally I had been following your blog since 2 months and I tried out 2 of your recipes….pumpkin cheese cake muffin and chocolate chip cookies they turned out very well. I am now a big fan of your blog and keep on checking your new recipes ….I am eagerly waiting for your 10 Christmas cookies

    1. THanks so much Shabnam! I’m so happy to hear how much you are loving my recipes and my blog. Thank you for following! Let me know what you make next. I love hearing about it.

  11. Katrina @ WVS says:

    Loving these! They seriously look like heaven.

  12. Hi! I’m so excited about this new category. It sounds like you’re going to spoil us with amazing recipes. And btw, this looks amazing. I am going to make this for sure. I love the candy version of this! thank you sally 😉

    1. Iram, sounds like you just have to try these. Let me know how they go!

  13. Congrats, Sally! You are doing fabulous! And these cookies – I am going to need a dozen!

    1. Thanks Anna. 🙂 I appreciate that so much!

  14. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    This looks like a cookie recipe I HAVE to try!

    1. Yes! You’d love them Julianne!

  15. Hi Sally
    These look great – I’m going to make these and package them up for gifts. Check out my latest post for Oreo Truffles – they’re so easy and yummy!

    Kim x

  16. I have signed up to get your e-mails about 2 months ago and ever since then I always cringe when I recieve an e-mail from you! It’s like a love-hate kind of thing. Everything looks so DELICIOUS! Also, I’ve never baked so much since I found your website. You are truly amazing, thank you Sally! Now if I could just get off work and get my butt home to make these babies!

    1. Haha! Thanks MaKenzie. What a sweet comment! I, of course, appreciate that you subscribe to my blog. And it’s even more wonderful you love my recipes so much. If you make these dreamy turtle cookies, let me know. I love hearing about it!

  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Happy 2nd bday 🙂 I was in Aruba 2 years ago when I left the first comment on your site, and I’m in Aruba today, sitting here typing another one. Wow, where you’ve come in 2 years – and we’re we’ve come in 2 years. So happy to have you as one of my closest friends, Sally! xoxo

    Turtle Cookies. Even though I’m not usually a nuts person with my sweets, I LOVE Turtles. I can take down a half dozen easily and I know I’d love your cookies. That caramel everywhere. Wow! pinned of course

    1. I’m not sure where I would be without your support Averie!! You’ve really helped inspire me over the years and having you as one of my friends is a huge blessing!! I am forever grateful for our friendship and smiled when I looked back to see you were my very first comment on my blog. 🙂 Thanks for pinning and sharing of course, as always!

  18. Happy Birthday to your little nook on the web! I’m so glad you decided to make this your job (and so does my belly ;))

    1. Thank Lauren, that’s so nice of you. I appreciate all the sweet comments you leave about my recipes. Means a lot!

  19. I am so excited to try these cookies. They look sooo good.

    1. Let me know how you like them, Dina!

  20. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:

    Turtles are my *favorite*! Never thought to make them a cookie. You’re a genius. And happy blogiversary! Congratulations on all your success. You’re a true inspiration : )

    1. Thanks Natalie, that means a ton to me!

  21. Eager to make this recipe, but i dont believe werthers baking caramels are available in canada. Can individually wrapped caramels be substituted? e.g. Kraft caramels

    1. Hi Doris! Yep, you may use those caramels instead. Or you can make it from scratch (without or without salt) by following my homemade caramel recipe:

  22. Beth @ bethcakes says:

    So excited for 10 days of cookies! These look fabulous. I’ve never really liked pecans, but “turtle” anything always looks so good. I don’t think I would be able to leave them out of these cookies! Love all the chocolate and caramel as well!

    1. I used to HATE pecans and now I can’t get enough. You won’t mind them in these cookies with all that chocolate and caramel, I promise Beth. 😉

  23. CONGRATULATIONS SALLY! I’m so happy for you and I love your blog so much. Thank you for all the amazing never-fail recipes you have provided me with. You are an amazing baking and are a role-model for my little blog. Thank you and happy bday to SBA! 🙂

    1. Teresa, you have been such an amazing reader and are always supporting my kitchen addiction. 🙂 Thank you for everything, I love hearing from you! And so happy to have helped you begin your blog too.

  24. jodye @ whole pure recipes says:

    Happy second birthday, SBA!! You’ve achieved so much in so little time, and you are such an inspiration to all of us here, Sally! These chocolate turtle cookies look just amazing! I am such a fan of the chocolate-caramel-pecan combination, and can only imagine how the flavors would meld in cookie form. Yum!

    1. Jodye, you have to try these cookies. You would be head over heels.

      And thank you for the kind words about my blog. It made me smile!!

  25. Happy Birthday, SBA!! I’m so thrilled you decided to share your passion and talents with the blogging world. My stomach and the stomachs of my family, friends, and co-workers are also pretty happy about that decision. 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 That makes me so happy to read Madeleine! I appreciate it so much.

  26. Happy Anniversary, Sally! These cookies look amazing! My brother’s favorite candy is Turtles so I think I’ll have to make these for him with all my holiday baking. Can’t wait to try them!

    1. Let me know if you try them, Rebecca! And thank you 🙂

  27. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Turtle cookies are one of my favorite and yours look sinfully delicious Sally!

  28. Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    Happy 2cnd anniversary, Sally. How exciting. My big #2 is in 2 weeks. It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years already. Keep up the great work. You’ve accomplished amazing things in 2 years. These cookies need to get in my belly!

  29. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says:

    Wait 10 days?? Cue the confetti!! Or should I say sprinkles!! yay!! And Congratulations. Happy 2 years. So glad you have dedicated your time to us and cookies :). I mean…amazing things happen like chocolate and caramel producing stellar turtle cookies like these. Love!!

  30. Classic flavor combination and one of my favorites! I love the crunch from nuts in cookies!

    1. Thanks Mercedes! I still can’t get over your TV appearance next week. xoxo

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