Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Our grandma makes the best thumbprint cookies! We shared her recipe a few years ago, and still can’t get enough of it! Every year around the holidays we love making her thumbprint cookies and sharing them with our neighbors and friends. This year we decided to put a little twist on her cookies, and these delicious Turtle Cookies were the result! These are the perfect cookies to share with your family and friends this year, or to keep all to yourself 😉

Serves: 30

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag Kraft Caramels
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, 2 egg yolks, and vanilla.
  3. Slowly mix in the flour and salt.
  4. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.
  5. Beat the egg whites in a small bowl. Place each dough ball in the egg whites then roll into the chopped nuts.
  6. Place them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and press your thumb deeply into the center of each cookie.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cool.
  8. Caramel Filling:
  9. In a microwave safe bowl, combine caramels and milk.
  10. Microwave on high in 15 second increments, stirring each time, until melted.
  11. Spoon caramel into center of each cookie.
  12. Chocolate
  13. In microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips on high in 15 second increments, stirring each time.
  14. Once melted, drizzle over cookies and caramel.
  15. Once caramel and chocolate have set, serve and enjoy your cookies.

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