Turtle Cookies and a Benefit

Baking regular cookies on a grain free diet =  cruel and unusual punishment. I will admit I did have a few cookies!

My Hubby’s uncle was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung cancer late last year and this past weekend there was a benefit for him and his family.  I was volunteered to bake which was fine by me!  I made 2 Mile High Peanut Butter Pies, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a new recipe Turtle Cookies.  Trying a new recipe for a benefit is a little insane but I didn’t even think about it until after I bought the ingredients.  I had to wrap them up so my husband would stop eating them so I think they were a success along with the benefit which raised more money than was hoped for!! woot!

Turtle Cookies

  • 4 oz bittersweet baking chocolate
  • 6 oz semisweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups pure cane sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cut up caramels
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave (or if you are like us and do not have a  microwave, then use double boiler) until smooth.

Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl.

Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes.

Add the chocolate to the eggs and sugar.

Add the flour to the mixture until just combined.

Mix in 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup pecans  and 1/2 cup cut cup caramels (the smaller the better).

Refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F

Once they are refrigerated, drop ice cream scoop size dough balls onto parchment lined baking sheets.  Make sure to have plenty of space between them otherwise it will become one giant cookie.  I did 6 cookies per large sheet.

Bake for 6 minutes.  Remove the cookies and top with the remaining chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel pieces.

Bake for 6-8 more minutes, until they do not look giggly in the center.

Allow to cool on pan for a few minutes then remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.