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Turtle Shortbread Cookies

Turtle Shortbread Cookies {Share the Love}

Betty Crocker
These cookies are delicious and beautiful and just perfect for Sharing the Love. And I've heard Santa likes them too!!
5 from 1 vote
Course Dessert


  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 30 caramels
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 6 dozen pecan halves


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Roll each part into 1/4-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.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a 1 quart saucepan, heat caramels over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until melted.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Place a dot of melted chocolate on top of each cookie; place pecan half on chocolate. Drizzle remaining chocolate on tops of cookies.
  • Let chocolate and caramel set before transferring to serving plates or storing in air tight containers.