Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies

Between writing Peanut Butter Comfort and blogging for 5+ years, I’ve made a zillion peanut butter cookies.

I’ve stuffed them with Rolos, Peanut Butter CupsReese’s Pieces and more, but never Turtles.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies with a Turtle in the middle and drizzled with salted caramel!! So.darn.good.

It was about time I paired the two.

The cookies are soft, chewy, wonderfully thick, and have so many great flavors and textures in one. I used Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies as my inspiration, and chocolate-ified the dough base.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies with a Turtle in the middle and drizzled with salted caramel!! So.darn.good.

Biting down through the chocolate-peanut butter cookie dough, and getting a taste of the Turtles with the crunchy pecans and gooey caramel, combined with the salted caramel drizzle is magical.

The batch makes only makes eleven (rather large) cookies, which I think is a blessing. Double the recipe if you need more or love cardio.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies with a Turtle in the middle and drizzled with salted caramel!! So.darn.good.

I used SKIPPY Roasted Honey Nut Creamy Peanut Butter or you can use SKIPPY Creamy Peanut Butter. I love to bake with honey roasted peanut butter for that extra layer of flavor and subtle sweetness.

If you want to make your own Homemade Turtles and Salted Caramel Sauce feel free, or use storebought to save time like I did.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies with a Turtle in the middle and drizzled with salted caramel!! So.darn.good.

With the holidays approaching, baking needs to be fast, fun, and easy and these cookies deliver. But they taste like you slaved over them.

It’s guaranteed that people’s eyes will light up when they spot these on your holiday dessert platter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies with a Turtle in the middle and drizzled with salted caramel!! So.darn.good.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies

The cookies are soft, chewy, wonderfully thick, and have so many great flavors and textures in one. Biting down through the chocolate-peanut butter cookie dough, and getting a taste of the Turtles with the crunchy pecans and gooey caramel, combined with the salted caramel drizzle is magical. I used storebought Turtles and salted caramel sauce to save time. The cookies are fun, easy, and taste like you slaved over them. It’s guaranteed that people’s eyes will light up when they spot these on your holiday dessert platter.

Ingredients:

1 large egg
3/4 cup SKIPPY Creamy Peanut Butter or SKIPPY Roasted Honey Nut Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee granules, optional but recommended
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
about 11 Turtles (homemade or storebought; try Nestle Turtles, Hershey’s Pot of Gold Pecan Caramel Clusters, or Russell Stover Pecan Delights)
salted caramel sauce, for drizzling (homemade or storebought)

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the egg, peanut butter, butter, sugars, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cocoa powder, optional but recommended instant espresso granules (doesn’t make the cookies taste like coffee; serves to intensify and bring out the chocolate flavor), baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 11 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Even though cookies will spread in the oven, make sure dough mounds are wider than the Turtles; eyeball a Turtle prior to forming dough mounds to make sure.
  4. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 9 to 10 minutes (for super soft cookies, longer for more well-done cookies), or until edges have set and tops are just set; don’t overbake which is easy to do with dark-colored cookies (I baked one batch for 11 minutes and after cooling they were too dry for my liking).
  6. After removing cookies from oven, carefully add 1 Turtle to the center of each cookie, pressing it down slightly so it adheres. As you press down, cookies will likely develop a few cracks around the perimeter, this is okay.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet (I don’t use a rack) for about 10 minutes before drizzling with caramel sauce and serving.
  8. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Adapted from Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

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37 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies”

  1. THESE? Are freaking fantastic. Like, OMG, I need them. PINNED!!

  2. The perfect combination of foods!! I will definitely have to try making these :)

  3. Another cookie for me to crush on. Yum! LOVE these, Averie!

  4. Genius. Seriously genius. These have all my favorites! Dorothy is going to make them for me and I’m going to her house and we’re going to eat a batch together. That is, that’s what I want to happen ;) Pinned!

  5. These look SOOO GOOD! Santa will definitely be hearing from me about wanting a copy of your cookbook!

  6. I’d better be loving my cardio a lot this week, Averie. These are worth the extra workouts! That center is just amazing.

  7. These are like a super deluxe peanut butter blossom cookie (always a favorite of mine on the holiday cookie platter). They look outrageously delicious and fancy with the caramel drizzle. Cookies, candy, and sauce—3 of my favorite food groups:)!

  8. Adding Turtles to cookies has got to be genius! I just love these.

  9. Haha, just stopped by Dorothy’s…..seems like chocolate filled skippy cookies are the rage :) I love these!!!!

  10. WOW what fancy and delicious cookies! And this giveaway – lifetime supplies for peanut butter – awsesome!

  11. i grew up eating turtles bc it was my dad’s favorite treat/candy. I love your version made into cookies! we know I love my cookies:) it looks awesome

  12. Oh my goodness. A lifetime of peanut butter?! Amazing!! If I won, I would definitely start out with these cookies. You’re my go-to holiday cookie girl!

  13. Question is, could I stop eating the turtle candy long enough to add them to the cookies?? This sounds like a fun and unusual combination for cookies. And you’re right about the honey-roasted PB–such a good suggestion from you. It really does make a difference.

  14. These cookies look incredible! Chocolate+PB+caramel – winner combo for sure!

  15. Ugh I seriously wish that if I licked my screen right now I could taste those. Guess I’ll just have to make them haha. Pinned!

  16. Turtles are my grandma’s all time favourite chocolate, I’ll have to make these for her this year :)

    Sydney
    http://www.forloveofbaking.com

  17. These are completely on my ‘to-make’ list. You have so many amazing things I cant decide what to make first. Gah….decisions, decisions. At least I know whatever recipe I choose will be great since they all look fabulous!

  18. Ok I’m not a food blogger….but good grief your photos are RIDICULOUS ….

  19. Oh my goodness, Averie, these cookies are genius! Love the turtle/pb combination, they look absolutely amazing :)

  20. Oh man, cookies and cardio… It’s as if the two were made for each other! Fuel for before, and then a treat (or 5 for after). Such a vicious cycle! ;) But when there’s PB and chocolate involved, it’s worth every second!

  21. Ooh fancy! These look amazing.

  22. I need these for dinner!

  23. Oh my gosh, your cookies always looks so amazing and I know that they taste that way too.

  24. I’m having a love affair with caramel so these turtle cookies are reeeeally hitting that spot!

  25. Hi Averie! My father is laws favorite thing is a turtle. i can’t make Christmas but want to send some of these with my husband to my father in law. Think they would travel well or be sticky?

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