Monday, November 24, 2008

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

I didnt get around to taking a picture...they were gone too fast!
These cookies are amazing! they kinda remind me of the See's Toffee Ettes i posted about here.
1C. all purpose flour
1/3 C. cocoa powder
1/4 tea. salt
8 T. unsalted butter, softened
{we used salted}
2/3 C. sugar
1 large egg, separated, plus 1 egg white
2 T. milk
1 tea. vanilla extract
1 C. pecans, chopped fine
14 soft caramel candies
{werther's original are worth the little extra you'll pay!}
3 T. heavy cream
1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. {i used my non stick sheet on one pan and pam on the other and they both worked fine.} combine flour, cocoa, and salt in bowl. with electric mixer on med-high speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined. refrigerate dough until firm, at least an hour.
2. {this is when i really turned my oven on. i didnt think it needed to be on for the time the dough was in the fridge!} whisk egg whites in bowl until frothy. place pecans in another bowl. one at a time, roll dough into 1 inch balls, dip in egg whites, then roll in pecans. place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. using teaspoon measure {i used 1/4 teaspoon cause it was clean!}, make indentation in center of each ball. bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking.
3. meanwhile, microwave caramels and cream in bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. once cookies are removed from oven, gently press existing indentations with teaspoon measure. fill each with 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture. cool 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
makes 2 dozen cookies. this is the first time i have ever made cookies and actually got how many they say it makes.. 2 dozen exactly! which means next time i'll be doubling the recipe!!! :) did i mention these are good?
{* once again, thanks Cooks Country! you cease to amaze me!}

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