Pecan Toffee Turtle Cookies

Pecan Toffee Turtle Cookies

From the Thermador and Tastespotting Ultimate Recipe Contest
Submitted by: Lily Julow                                      

Old family recipe. It's not Thanksgiving without them.


Moderately easy to make, makes 3 dozen

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose biscuit baking mix
2/3 cup toffee bits
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
2/3 cup milk chocolate bits
10 ounces caramels
2 to 3 tablespoons whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk chocolate bits, melted

TIP: The chocolate drizzle on the cookies will harden as it cools.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg, beating until blended. Add baking mix, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in toffee bits, chopped pecans, and 2/3 cup chocolate morsels.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets; flatten dough with hand and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool cookies on baking sheets 1 minute and remove cookies to wire racks.


Microwave caramels and 2 tablespoons cream in a glass bowl 1 minute; stir. Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring until caramels melt and mixture is smooth; add remaining cream, if necessary. Stir in vanilla. Spoon caramel mixture evenly onto tops of cookies; drizzle evenly with melted chocolate.