I haven’t baked in nearly a month and I chose the hottest day of the summer to turn the oven back on.  And not only turn the oven on, I baked cookies AND stood over a boiling pan of sugar making candy!

And the truth is, through the sweat and heat, I couldn’t have been happier.  Since I started Satisfy My Sweet Tooth one year ago, this is the longest I have gone without baking up a new creation in the kitchen!  I missed my relaxation time creaming, blending and tasting.

The recipe that broke my unintentional baking fast was not just any old cookie recipe.  One bite of these fudge brownie like cookies and you will know why I slaved in front of a hot oven on a steamy summer day.  As if a fudgey, chewy, chocolatey cookie wasn’t enough to make you feel faint with glee, how about chewy caramels and pecans to add a bit of texture variety and put these cookies into turtle heaven.

Fudgey Caramel Turtle Cookies

by Mercedes Porter

Keywords: bake dessert chocolate caramel nuts cookie

Ingredients (30 cookies)

  • 8 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate
  • 4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel bits (or cut up caramels)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolates and butter and microwave in 1 minute increments until melted, stirring in between heating increments.

Stir until melted and combined and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

In a large bowl and with an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes.

Add melted chocolate mixture and mix to combine.

Add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.

Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, 1/2 cup caramel bits, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans and mix.

Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drop 1/4 cup balls of dough onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets (6 per sheet).

Bake 6 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips, caramel bits and pecans onto cookies and press lightly. Return to oven and bake another 7 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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combine chocolates and butter and microwave to melt

in another small bowl, combine dry ingredients 

beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 5 minutes

mix in melted chocolate mixture

mix in dry ingredients

mix in half of chocolate chips, caramel bits and pecans

refrigerate dough for an hour then place 1/4 cup dough balls on parchment-lined baking sheet

bake for 6 minutes, then remove and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips, caramel bits and pecans

bake for another 7 minutes, remove from oven and cool

Recipe adapted from Cooking Club of America
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12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Um, thank you for slaving in that hot kitchen because these look insanely delish!


    • Mercedes
      Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      Thanks Laura, your comments make it worth the heat!


  2. Cassie
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    These are great, I adore baking with those caramel bits. And I turned my oven on for cookies and banana bread yesterday, when it was 100+ degrees. We’ve been there for several days now, and no break until next week so I just faced the fact that I am going to have to just bear it if I want cookies! These are perfect!


  3. Angela
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Wow these look so yummy. We are having such a wet and miserable summer over here in the UK – I think these just might help to cheer me up.


    • Mercedes
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      Thank you Angela! Chocolate treats are generally good at cheering up! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!


  4. Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    These look fantastic! My oven is always on, even on the hot days. I don’t think about it until it’s too late 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      Thank you Aimee! Those of us that are truly dedicated just can’t stay out of the kitchen no matter what the temperature is! Thanks for stopping by!


  5. luv what you do
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    I have caramel bits in my pantry right now. Maybe if the temperature can dip below 100 this weekend, I will brave my oven again!


    • Mercedes
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      Have you used the caramel bits yet Jennifer? This was the first time I used them and I will be using them more often now!


  6. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    I thought the caramels were garbanzo beans at first! Ha!
    Baking in 100 degree weather is definitely dedication. 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 10:24 am

      You must have thought I had lost my mind in the heat! Tyler actually thought they looked like garbanzo beans too when I had a bunch of the caramel bits sitting out! Too funny!


  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Mercedes they look delish! Love the toppings & how the cookies crackle. So pretty!


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