If you are looking for that one “must make” holiday cookie, look no further my friends. These turtle thumbprint cookies are everything you love about the classic candy transformed into the ultimate holiday cookie. Chocolate thumbprints coated in crunchy pecans, homemade caramel and flaked sea salt all rolled into one perfect bite are sure to be the talk of the cookie swap – if you can part with them! And just in case that’s not enough, we’ve got another fantastic cookware and bakeware giveaway for you to make the holidays a breeze!
So I’m just going to put it all out there and say this is my “it” cookie of the holiday season. Such a bold statement, and maybe I’m committing too soon, but I’ve got a feeling you’ll agree! It all started so innocently with the idea to make a new chocolate cookie this season and once I eyed the jar of homemade caramel in the fridge, I knew what had to happen.
The thumbprints are so easy to make and don’t be intimidated by making caramel at all. It’s the homemade caramel that sets these gems apart and it somehow sets perfectly in the cookie, yet stays soft so when you take a bite, it’s all sorts of magical.
I don’t want to tell you what to do or anything, but you might want to make a batch – like immediately!
The other thing that sets these cookies apart from the pack is the flaked sea salt garnish. Now this is totally a personal preference thing, but it really seals the deal and balances out the sweet brilliantly. The light cocoa cookie, the crunch from the pecans, the gooey caramel and the pop of sea salt is all sorts of heaven sent. I also tried these with some smoked sea salt which added even more depth of flavor, and there’s some vanilla sea salt making its way to Buttercream Blondie headquarters later today, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted on that!
Now, drop everything you’re doing, get your ingredients together and make these cookies!
Classic turtles are taken up a notch when turned into the ultimate holiday cookie! Chocolate thumbprints coated in pecans and filled with homemade caramel are sure to become a new tradition.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg, separated
- 2 tablespoons half and half or light cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
- Sea salt for garnish
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- For the cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a Farberware® cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add egg yolk, half and half and vanilla, scraping down the bowl as needed.
- Head over to Farberware for the rest of the Turtle Thumbprint Cookie recipe. Enjoy!
Disclosure: I am in a working relationship with Farberware and this recipe was developed for Farberware Cookware.