Turtle Shortbread Cookies {Share the Love}
 
 
These cookies are delicious and beautiful and just perfect for Sharing the Love. And I've heard Santa likes them too!!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 30 caramels
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. shortening
  • 1½ cups chopped pecans
  • 6 dozen pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, mix butter, sugar, and almond extract. Stir in flour and salt. (If dough is crumbly, mix in 1-2 Tbl. additional softened butter.)
  3. Turn the dough mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a log, about 3" x 18". Chill for 15 minutes before cutting.
  4. Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Roll each part into ¼-inch thick circle. (If dough is sticky, chill about 15 minutes. I recommend chilling the 12 parts while working with each circle) Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Place wedges 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Let set 2-3 minutes (not longer), then remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a 1 quart saucepan, heat caramels over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until melted.
  7. Dip 2 straight edges of each cookie into melted caramel, then into chopped pecans. (The caramel will thicken. Have very hot water on hand to add up to 1 tsp. at a time, stirring to combine with caramel until softened.)
  8. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on high 1-2 minutes, stirring each 30 seconds, until melted and thin enough to drizzle. If possible, pour melted chocolate into a squeeze bottle for easy drizzling.
  9. Place a dot of melted chocolate on top of each cookie; place pecan half on chocolate. Drizzle remaining chocolate on tops of cookies.
  10. Let chocolate and caramel set before transferring to serving plates or storing in air tight containers.
Recipe by Lemony Thyme at http://www.lemonythyme.com/turtle-shortbread-cookies-share-the-love/