Turtle Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate, caramel and nuts create the classic turtle flavors that are anything
but slow in leaving a serving tray.
- 1 1/2 cups butter or stick margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon
- 4 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
- 2 teaspoons shortening
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 6 dozen pecan halves
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar and almond extract.
- Stir in flour and salt. (If dough is crumbly, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons
additional softened butter or stick margarine.)
- Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Roll each part into 1/4-inch thick circle.
(If dough is sticky, chill about 15 minutes.) Cut each circle into 6 wedges.
Place wedges 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set.
- Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
- Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, Heat caramels over medium heat about 10
minutes, stirring frequently, until melted.
- In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered
on High for 1 to 3 minutes, stirring halfway through heating time, until melted
and thin enough to drizzle.
- Dip 2 straight edges of each cookie into melted caramel, then into chopped
pecans. (If caramel thickens, add up to 1 teaspoon water and heat over low heat,
stirring constantly, until caramel softens.)
- Place a dot of melted chocolate on top of each cookie; place pecan half
- Drizzle remaining chocolate on tops of cookies.
Yield: 6 dozen cookies
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) No change.
Did You Know: Shortbread comes from Scotland and was originally made as a
large round cake with notched “spokes” radiating from the center to symbolize the
rays of the sun. In the eighteenth century, the triangular wedges were called “petticoat
Milk chocolate chips can be used for the semisweet chocolate chips.
Use vanilla extract for the almond extract for a slightly different flavor.
Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 60); Total
Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 50mg; Total Carbohydrate
11g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 4g); Protein 1g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2%
Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Reprinted with permission from
Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills.