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Turtle Cookie Cups

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Turtle Cookie Cup

Chocolate cookie cups full of creamy caramel, chocolate and pecans.  So many fun fall flavors in one little dessert!

There’s something about November that makes me think caramel and pecans. Comfort food, maybe? Thanksgiving?  I’m not sure, but these yummy little treats hit the spot!  They are fun to make, and a pretty mini dessert for all those November and December get-togethers.

Here’s how they are made: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies:

  • 2 sticks (one cup) butter (softened)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Toppings:

  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in milk chocolate
  • 2 cups of chopped pecans and about 60 whole pecans
  • 32 Kraft caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

DIRECTIONS:

Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, and knead into a soft ball of dough
  • Use a small cookie scoop (I used one that holds ½ tablespoon of batter) to portion your dough into mini muffin tins that have been sprayed with non-stick spray
  • Use a tart shaper, or a wooden spoon to press the dough into a cup shape.

Making cookie cups

  • Bake at 350F degrees for 7-8 minutes and remove from oven.
  • Press centers in a second time and allow cups to cool for just a couple of minutes.
  • Use a small paring knife to pop each cup out and allow them to cool on the counter.

Toppings:

  • Place caramels, sweetened condensed milk and butter into a medium saucepan and heat on medium over the stove until all of the caramels are melted.
  • Heat milk chocolate candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
  • Place chopped pecans into a small bowl.
  • To assemble, dip top edge of cup in candy melts and then in chopped nuts.

Dipping tops of cookie cups in chocolate

  • Place caramel sauce into a sturdy zip top bag and clip a corner.
  • Pipe caramel into each cup until filled completely and top with a whole almond.
  • Allow caramel and chocolate to firm up.
  • Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These are a little time-consuming to make, but sooooo yummy. They are a perfect mini-dessert for any of the upcoming holidays, and they got RAVE reviews in my little world! That caramel….!!!! Enjoy! ~r

Other fun mini desserts here at Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Cheesecake Sundaes Mint Creme Brownie CupsCake balls filled with cream cheese frostingMini chocolate chip cookie cheesecakes

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Homemade Caramel Turtles

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Soft creamy caramel tops chocolate and pecans– a quick and easy treat.

INGREDIENTS:

  • about 2 cups of whole pecans.
  • 12oz (one bag) of Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts
  • 32 Kraft caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1/2c. butter
  • 1 (14oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

DIRECTIONS:

  • Line pecans  up in squares on parchment paper

  • Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Spoon chocolate over pecans, filling in the center space and spilling it over about half of each pecan.
  • While this hardens, make caramel sauce (this recipe makes more caramel than you need, but you can refrigerate the rest and use as an ice cream topping later…or you can cut this part of the recipe in half- you will just have 1/2 a can of sweetened condensed milk left…?)
  • Melt unwrapped caramels, butter and sweetened condensed milk over the stove until smooth.
  • Spoon caramel into the center of each turtle (try to keep as much as you can on the chocolate- it will harden some, but it is a soft caramel)
  • Allow these to harden (refrigerate if necessary) and ENJOY!!!!!


My thoughts: Easy and yummy!  I was surprised at how good the candy melts tasted in this- obviously using real chocolate would be a bit fussier and probably a much better flavor- but everyone loved these and I think the melts worked just fine.  These are messy looking turtles- I wouldn’t fuss over making them look perfect- I think the messy look makes them fun and DEFINITELY home-made!!!! 🙂

This recipes was shared on these wonderful blogs: The Girl Creative, Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo, This Chick Cooks, At Home With Haley, Cupcake Apothecary

 

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