Turtle Brownie Cookies

Turtle brownie cookies in a stack

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!

Turtle brownie cookies in a stack

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.

Turtle brownie cookie top view

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.
Turtle Brownie Cookies


  • 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

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Author Heather


  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

Love chocolate and caramel recipes? Me too! You might want to try these caramel nut bars or maybe these easy caramel swirl chocolate chunk brownies!

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Happy Baking!