As if all things turtle aren't delicious enough, lets make turtle cookies!!
Its #nationalcookieday and this one takes the cake. This recipe is simple, iya delicious and it requires minimal ingredients. Thats a win in my books, so lets get to it!!
1 C flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cups sugar
2 large egg
2 egg whites
4 tablespoons milk
1 cup chopped pecans
In a mixer blend together softened stick of butter and sugar allowing to come to a creamy consistency. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and salt, then slowly add to the creamy butter/sugar mix. Add in the 2 eggs and milk and mix until it forms a dough. Remove from bowl and place in plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge for an hour.
Once chilled remove from fridge and form 1 inch balls out the of the dough. Place 2 egg whites in a bowl and mix rapidly creating a frothy dip. Dip each ball into the egg white, then roll them in the chopped pecans and then flatten them with your hand and create a divot in the center using your thumb.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or a silicone mat) and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Once baked remove and allow to cool. While they are cooling fill a sauce pan with 2-3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Place two canning rings in the water and grab two pint jars. Place caramel pieces (about 1/2 cup) and 1 tbsp heavy cream in one and milk chocolate chips (about 1/3 cup) in the other. Place the jars on top of the canning lids creating a double boiler and Allow them to melt and liquify . Remove the caramel first and place a dollop of the melted caramel in the center of each cookie. Then drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. Finally drizzle some more caramel on top of the chocolate....I mean can you over do chocolate and caramel? I think not. The final step is totally optional but if you're a sweet and salty gal like I am I encourage you to scatter some chunky french salt on those bad boys and call it a day!! Now grab your favorite tea, a cozy blanket and sit next to the fire and enjoy yourself a cookie, after all you've worked hard, you deserve one!
Be sure to tag me in pics if you make them and as always use #eatwildappalachia