Turtle Thumbprints
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Turtle Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies just like the famous candy--pecans, caramel and chocolate team up in this bite-sized cookie.

20 min
03 hrs 50 min



2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


20 caramels, unwrapped

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

48 pecan halves


1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 teaspoons shortening

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb. (Edges may crack slightly.) Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely. Store cookies in a container with a tight-fitting lid for 2-3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine caramels and whipping cream in bowl, at serving time. Microwave 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 1 minute or until melted; stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture into center of each cookie. Top with pecan half.

  5. STEP 5

    Place chocolate chips and shortening in bowl. Microwave 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving 30 seconds or until melted; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand 2 hours or until set.

Tip #1

- To store drizzled cookies, place in container with tight-fitting lid. Store at room temperature 1-2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Tip #2

- Place cookies on a cooling rack over a piece of waxed paper to catch any extra chocolate drizzle.

Tip #3

- If caramel filling gets too thick, reheat in microwave 10-15 seconds until it becomes spoonable again.


6Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
30Sodium (mg)
10Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
<1Protein (g)


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  December 18, 2015

The Turtle Thumbprints are the cookies my family and friends ask for every year at Christmas time. Me and my entire family love them. The dough is easy to make and work with. The caramel filling is excellent and simple to make to. I hand pick each pecan halve to place on the caramel filling and then drizzle with chocolate. This cookie taste excellent! I suggest you try it.

— says Linda
  November 20, 2015

These are one of the best cookies. When making the cookie itself I formed the cookie. When using the ball shape doesn't make a nice edge, so I formed them myself. A keeper for sure!!!

— says Anonymous
  December 27, 2014

Made these for a cookie swap. Everyone really liked them a lot. Making another batch tonight for the family. They are "pretty" and taste yummy.

— says Julie
  November 03, 2014

Can I freeze the finished cookie - after adding the caramel and pecan??

— says Ellen
Test Kitchen Comment November 03, 2014

I suggest you freeze the cookie portion after baking and then add the caramel and pecan after you thaw the cookie. The cookie surface under the caramel may become slightly soggy after freezing if you top the cookie with the caramel before freezing.

— says cindy
  October 02, 2013

I bake tons of cookies and these are one of the best recipes. I am often asked to bring these for special occasions.

— says Mary P.
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