Chocolate Turtle Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Turtle Cookies are a delicious cookie that could be considered a candy.  These cookies are flour-less and naturally gluten-free.  There are only four ingredients in this easy-to-make recipe and are great for any occasion.  These cookies have a full coat of delicious rich chocolate covering soft chewy caramel and pecans.  Every bite of these little turtle-shaped cookies will be filled with chewy goodness and make you smile.


History:  In 1932, Chocolate Turtle Cookies were developed by Bobbi and Louis Gordon Hooper at their Hooper’s Confections Company in Oakland, California.  At that time, the Hoopers delivered chocolates on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.  Chocolate Turtle candy or cookie soon became popular in the San Francisco bay area and were copied by other confectioners.


Chocolate Turtle Cookies

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Chocolate Turtle Cookies Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Turtle Cookies Recipe
Servings: 30 cookies
  • 1 (8-ounce) package caramel candies, soft
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 16 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
  1. In the top of a double boiler over hot water, melt caramels in heavy cream.

  2. Arrange pecan halves in groups of five (head and four legs) on greased wax paper.  Spoon caramel mixture into a small mound in the middle of the nuts to make the body.  The caramel should partially cover the nuts to keep them in place.  Let stand until hard.

  3. Chocolate Turtle CookiesIn the top of a double boiler over hot water, melt chocolate; gently stir with spatula until melted.

  4. Melting chocolate is not the same as Tempering Chocolate. It is not necessary to temper chocolate when it is used as an ingredient in a recipe. Tempering is necessary if the melted chocolate is to be used in a baked items or in a candy center that contain other ingredients.  Learn How To Melt Chocolate.

  5. Using a spoon, coat body, head, and legs with the melted chocolate, leaving ends of pecans uncovered.

  6. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm.

  7. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week, but bring them to room temperature before serving so the caramel can soften,


Additional Family Favorite Christmas Candies:

Oreo Truffle Balls
This candy is so easy to make and so good!  This no-bake Oreo Truffle Balls makes a great Christmas candy as everyone seems to love them!   Everyone who tries them has loved them and wants the recipe.  I have made them for Christmas and have given them away for gifts.

Peppermint Patties – Homemade Peppermint Patty
I absolutely love Peppermint Patties!   When I want some candy, I always look for the Peppermint Patties in the stores.   Now I can make my own Peppermint Patties.  They are incredibly delicious and refreshing!  They also definitely make a wonderful Christmas treat for your family and friends.

Fleur de sel Caramels
The contrast between the sweet and salty is so wonderful in this candy.  If you are on a diet (as I always seem to be) these caramels are TOTALLY worth cheating on your diet for?  These disappear quickly, so make a double batch

Chocolate-Covered Grape Truffles
You thought Chocolate Dipped Strawberries were great, now you must try these chocolate-covered grape truffles.  These will definitely make a speculator finish for any dinner party.


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