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TURTLE COOKIES

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Ingredients

  • Cookie:
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 8 T. (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated, plus 1 additional egg white
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 c. pecans, finely chopped
  • Caramel Filling:
  • 14 soft caramel candies (I used Kraft Traditional Caramels)
  • 3 T. heavy cream
  • Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (I used 2 squares of Baker's semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 1 tsp. shortening

Details

Preparation

Step 1

Prepare the Cookies:
1. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
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.
3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
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.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 12 minutes.

Prepare the Caramel Filling:
6. Microwave caramels and cream together in a small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
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.

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