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Turtle Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

These cookies are timeless and delicious, and make the perfect Christmas cookie.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best cookies, Christmas Cookie Recipe, Thumbprint Cookies, turtle cookies
Servings: 30
Calories: 216kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Microwave Safe Bowl (2)


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 11 ounces Kraft Caramels 1 bag
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, 2 egg yolks, and vanilla.
  • Slowly mix in the flour and salt.
  • Shape the dough into 1 inch balls.
  • Beat the egg whites in a small bowl. Place each dough ball in the egg whites then roll into the chopped nuts.
  • Place them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and press your thumb deeply into the center of each cookie.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cool.

Caramel Filling

  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine caramels and milk.
  • Microwave on high in 15 second increments, stirring each time, until melted.
  • Spoon caramel into center of each cookie.


  • In microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips on high in 15 second increments, stirring each time.
  • Once melted, drizzle over cookies and caramel.
  • Once caramel and chocolate have set, serve and enjoy your cookies.


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg