Full disclosure: I’ve actually never had a turtle candy. When I was a kid I convinced myself that I hated nuts (even though I’d never tried them), so I didn’t have them growing up. Now, for some reason, I’ve still never had them. I feel like the most common time to see them in stores is around Valentine’s Day, so maybe I’ll have one this year. Nevertheless, I get the general idea, which is pecans, caramel, and chocolate. Honestly, they sound like heaven.
So, why not make them into a cookie? It’s a different sort of idea, but I pretty much made a chocolate cookie, then rolled it in finely chopped pecans, baked it, and drizzled it in homemade caramel. I actually described the cookies that I made to my friends over Skype and one of them said, “Oh, like those Turtles candies?”. So that’s when you know you’ve successfully made your cookies mimic a candy.
The homemade caramel really takes these to the next level. I’ve made this homemade caramel recipe many times now and it always turns out absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s fairly easy! At least after the first time. I messed it up the first time because I didn’t let the sugar completely melt before adding the other ingredients, so it was clumpy caramel. So, make sure you let the sugar completely melt in that first step. That takes a lot longer than you think it will, but be patient.
Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction