Turtle Cookies
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Serves: 2 dozen cookies
 
Ingredients
Cookies:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 additional egg white
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups pecans, finely chopped
Caramel Filling:
  • 14 soft caramel candies
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
  2. With a stand mixer or 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, mixing until just combined.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
  4. Whisk the 2 egg whites in a bowl until frothy. Place chopped pecans in another bowl.
  5. Roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls (a cookie scoop helps with this), dip each dough ball in egg whites, and then roll in pecans. Place balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Using a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F until set, about 12-14 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, microwave caramels and cream together in a small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  8. Once cookies are removed from the oven, gently re-press the indentations. Fill each well with caramel. Allow to cool until caramel is set.
  9. Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Using a spoon, drizzle over cookies in a decorative pattern. Allow chocolate to set before transferring to a container for storage or for serving.
Notes
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 154 Fat: 9.9 Carbohydrates: 15.9 Sugar: 10.0 Sodium: 43 Fiber: 0.8 Protein: 2.0 Cholesterol: 20
Recipe by Prevention RD at https://preventionrd.com/2018/12/turtle-cookies/