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Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Soft and chewy turtle thumbprint cookies with a melty chocolate and caramel pecan-topped center.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 servings
Calories 81kcal
Author Tiffany


  • 1 cup butter + 2 tablespoons softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • about 30 Rolo candies unwrapped
  • about 30 whole pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar. Mix in cocoa powder and milk.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  • Roll dough into small balls (about 1 1/2-2 inches wide) and place on prepared baking sheet. Use your thumb to press down in the centers of the balls to make an indent.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes until cookies look dry and start to crack a bit around the top. (I prefer to under cook mine a little bit so they stay very soft and chewy) Gently press down the centers again. Immediately place a Rolo in the center of each cookie. Return pan to oven for about 1 minute. Remove from oven and immediately place a pecan on the top of each Rolo and press down firmly so the melty Rolo squishes out around the pecan.
  • Serve immediately or allow to cool completely and store at room temperature in airtight container up to 3-4 days.


Store in airtight container at room temperature up to three days. 


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg