Rich chocolatey turtle brownie cookies are studded with caramel bits and crunchy pecans. All of the flavor of traditional turtles with a 1/4 of the work!
I love a good turtle. The caramel, chocolate, pecan combination is hard to beat (unless it’s peanut butter and chocolate).
But sometimes, we just don’t have a couple hours to devote to making homemade turtles. Sometimes we need a quick win, something different for our holiday cookie swap or something gooey and chewy and crunchy to take the neighbor next door.
Enter: turtle brownie cookies. We start with a box of brownie mix because it’s easy. Then by adding in a stick of melted butter, an egg, and a couple tablespoons of milk, we transform the brownie mix into cookie dough. Next comes caramel bits, a cup of chopped up pecans, and a helping of chocolate chips for just that little bit extra.
Tips for success:
- Don’t over bake-we want gooey caramel and soft brownie-like cookies, not hockey pucks. Bake just until the tops of the cookie stops looking shiny.
- Stir the batter-we don’t need a mixer for this one, stirring the batter is better for fudgey cookies. (Over mixing flour can encourage gluten development which leads to tough cookies).
- Tuck the caramel bites into the cookie-the caramel bits get pretty crunchy and melt in a weird way when they are on the edge of the cookie. As you scoop cookies onto the cookie sheet, just tuck those little balls deeper into the dough.
- Use a larger cookie scoop-there are a lot of mix-ins and we want a soft chewy cookie. A bigger ball of dough will help us not to over bake so we can have our ooey gooey cookie.
- Keep at least 4 fingers of space between each dough ball-because of the butter in the recipe, these cookies are prone to spreading, keep some space between dough balls.
- Use mocha flavored chocolate chips to give it a hint of coffee flavor.
- Chop up Kraft caramels or homemade caramels instead of using the caramel bites (you would need about 10 caramels).
- Use a different kind of nut-walnuts or almonds would also be delish.
- Use this chocolate cookie recipe (swapping the peppermint chips for caramel bites, chocolate chips, and pecans) instead of a brownie mix for a completely from scratch cookie.
Easy Turtle Brownie Cookies
- 1 18 ounce brownie mix
- 8 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup caramel bites
- 1 cup pecans roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment or grease the pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together brownie mix, melted butter, egg and milk. Batter will be thick.
- Fold in caramel bites, chocolate chips, and pecans.
- Using a large cookie scoop or two tablespoons, scoop cookie dough by the 2 tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets leaving at least 4 fingers of space between them.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are no longer shiny.
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