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Turtle Thumbprint Cookies Recipe {Blossoms}

Homemade and deliciously gooey Turtle Cookies recipe is a delicious combination of nuts, chocolate, and caramel. Turtle Thumbprint cookies, often called blossom cookies, are a joy to eat and the perfect addition to your cookie list.

A tableview of a caramel filled turtle thumbprint cookie topped with a chocolate candy kiss. Hostess At Heart
Everyone will love Turtle Thumbprint Cookies!

Every bite is a combination of these classic turtle candy flavors but with the addition of a chewy cookie as the base.

Why You’ll Love These Blossom Cookies

  • Kid Friendly. Making my Turtle Thumbprint Cookies recipe with your kids is a great way to enjoy time in the kitchen. It’s a recipe that they can easily help with because even the youngest can unwrap the caramels and unwrap the chocolate kisses and enjoy putting them on the cookies at the end.
  • Customizable. Pick your favorite Hershey’s Kisses and your favorite nuts. Add coconut and almonds instead of chopped pecans. You can change this turtle cookie up a thousand ways and still have a classically good cookie.
  • Packable. Once your blossom cookies are fully cooled, you can fill a cookie tray, pack them in a plastic container, or add them to a college surprise package and they will hold up to being stacked.
Two blossom cookies with caramel running from the center and topped with candy chocolate kisses. Hostess At Heart

Equipment Needed to Make Your Turtle Cookie Recipe

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Ingredients you’ll need for this Turtle Cookies Recipe

Ingredients used to make tutle thumbprint cookies including vanilla, sugar, egg, butter, flour, buts, caramel, chocolate kisses, baking soda and cream. Hostess At Heart
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted Butter. If you need to use salted butter, reduce the salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Milk
  • Finely Chopped Pecans. You can also use crushed walnuts, chopped almonds, or even peanuts.
  • Caramel Candies. These are small, individually wrapped squares or ovals.
  • Heavy Cream
  • Hershey’s Kisses Candies. Pick any variety that will play well with caramel!

How To Make Turtle Cookies

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

Step One: Get everything ready for the Turtle Cookie Recipe.

Preheat your oven and prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step Two: Mix the Turtle Cookie Dough

A mixing bowl filled with thick cookie batter. Hostess At Heart
Turtle Thumbprint Cookie Batter

Mix the dry ingredients then cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture before adding the dry ingredients. Finish off the dough by adding the milk.

Step Three: Make cookie balls.

Portion the cookie dough and shape it into balls. Roll each ball in the colored sugar, crushed nuts, or sprinkles, if desired. Make an indentation in the middle of each cookie. Place on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

Step Four: Bake the Turtle Thumbprint Cookies.

Bake the cookies until they are puffed up and the edges are set.

Remove the baking sheets and place them on a wire rack. Lightly re-indent if necessary.

Step Five: Add the turtle topping.

First, melt the caramels with the heavy cream in a microwave. Then place the mixture in a piping bag and fill the indentation on each cookie. Finally, add a chocolate candy as the finishing touch.

Step Six: Let them cool.

Allow the cookies to cool completely so that they will hold their shape.

Frequently asked questions.

Why are they called thumbprint cookies?

It’s because of their shape. A ball of dough is indented with the thumb to create an indent that will hold a filling. A measuring spoon or any circular shape will work as well.

How do I keep my thumbprint cookies from spreading?

Do not overbeat the butter when you cream the butter and sugar together. This can create air pockets which will later deflate and cause your cookies to spread as they bake.

I didn’t chill this dough. However, If your kitchen is warm and your cookies are spreading out, you should chill the dough covered for 1 to 4 hours or overnight.

Tableview of two nut-rolled caramel-filled turtle thumbprint cookies sitting on a plate. Hostess At Heart

How To Store Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Best way to store Blossom Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week or refrigerate them for up to 3 weeks.

Can I freeze Turtle Cookies?

Cooled cookies can be frozen, but sudden temperature changes may cause the candy to “bloom,” which is harmless but not pretty.

How to Reheat Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

If you want to soften up your cookie after a few days in storage, ten seconds in the microwave will do the trick.

Top down view of turtle cookies sitting on serving plates - hostess at heart

Tips for the Perfect Turtle Cookies

  • Do not overbake your cookies. Cookies are ready *before* they look done on the top. As soon as they start to brown ever-so-slightly around the edges, they are ready to be pulled from the oven. They will finish cooking and setting up as they cool on the sheet pan or cooling rack.
  • Do not overmix the cookies. Overbeating can toughen the dough or cause spreading.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get perfectly-sized cookies.

If you tried this delicious recipe, don’t forget to rate it and leave me a comment telling me what you think. I love hearing from you!

Side view of a turtle blossom thumbprint cookie thats covered with nuts, filled with caramel and topped with a chocolate candy kiss. Hostess At Heart

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Homemade and deliciously gooey Turtle Cookies are a joy to eat and the perfect addition to your cookie list. Often called blossom cookies, these treats are the perfect combination of nuts, chocolate, and caramel.
5 from 6 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Blossom Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies
Servings: 48 Cookies

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsps milk
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 22 caramel candies unwrapped
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 48 Hershey’s Kisses candies unwrapped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat the butter at medium speed for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides. Add the sugar and continue beating for 5 to 7 minutes or until fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract, beating until evenly combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until mixed.
  • Slowly add the milk to the dough as the mixer runs, adding just enough to soften the dough.
  • Using a small (1 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion the cookie dough and shape into balls. Roll each ball in the colored sugar, crushed nuts, or sprinkles, if desired. Place on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are puffed and the edges are set.
  • Remove the baking sheets and place on a wire rack. Using the back of a measuring spoon, press an indentation into the middle of each cookie.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the caramels and heavy cream. Microwave for 1 minute on high and then stir well, allowing any residual heat to continue melting the caramels. Return to the microwave as needed, stirring every 15 seconds, until the caramel is smooth.
  • Transfer the caramel into a piping bag and fill the center of each cookie with about ½ teaspoon of melted caramel. Immediately press the chocolate candies into the center of the caramel.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool completely. The candies will look like they are melting but do not disturb them and they will resolidify in the correct shape.

Notes

Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week or refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Cooled cookies can also be frozen but sudden temperature changes may cause the candy to “bloom” which is harmless but not pretty.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 29mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 78IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

This Turtle Thumbprint cookie recipe is sweet and delicious but what’s even sweeter is that this recipe was made for the Sweetest Season Cookie cookie exchange event called the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraiser.

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Two thumbprint cookies sitting on a plate that were covered in nuts and filled with caramel and topped with a chocolate kiss. Hostess At Heart
Recipe Rating




Mindy

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Such a tasty cookie recipe! Everyone loved it and many asked for the recipe.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Thank you, Mindy!

Nettie Moore

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

I love the caramel addition to this yummy cookie! Nettie

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of December 2022

We did too, Nettie! Thank you!

Susannah

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

I love love love this twist on the classic! Such a great addition to the cookie tray this year.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of December 2022

It really is a great twist on the classic. Thank you!

Megan

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Love the caramel addition, and using melted candies makes it so easy!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Thank you, Megan!

Erin

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

This is such a unique and DELICIOUS twist on a classic! We love turtle-flavored anything, so these went FAST in our house.

Thanks, again, for making this year's The Sweetest Season extra wonderful, Julie! SO happy to have you join us!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Always an honor, Erin! Thank you.