I don’t like nuts in my desserts.

I like nuts on their own – almonds, peanuts, walnuts and more. But when they are mixed into my cookies or brownies or ice cream or bacon, it’s a no-go. Not a fan. And yes, I just said bacon.

But that all flies out the window when it comes to these cookies.

I have never liked nuts in chocolate, so it came as a surprise to me when I found out that I loved turtles – the candy, not the animal.

I think it is the sweet and salty combo. It never fails me.

I have decided that nuts taste good in desserts if I expect them. If I am expecting a soft and chewy brownie and bite down on a walnut, all bets are off.

 

 

I just couldn’t stop thinking about salty pecans in these chocolate cookies. It’s no secret that I love this cookie recipe – I’ve made a form of it almost every single week.

So I added more sea salt than usual, added some salty pecans, and large chunks of caramel.

Perfect doesn’t even begin to describe them.

 

 

Salty Chocolate-Caramel Turtle Cookies

Makes approximately 24 cookies

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon course sea salt

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans

8 caramels, chopped into fours

Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.

Fold in pecans, caramel pieces and chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 4-6 hours (or more). When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350, roll into balls and set on baking sheet. (Note: refrigerating is the most important part. If you don’t refrigerate, when the cookies go into the oven, the caramel pieces will sink to the bottom and stick to the cookie sheet.)

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely, and drizzle with caramel sauce if desired.

 

 

 

 

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with the sweet and salty combo.

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111 Responses to “Salty Chocolate-Caramel Turtle Cookies.”

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    JocelynEatsFresh — July 12, 2010 @ 4:07 am

    Those look like heaven…the drizzle of caramal on top?? Glorious~!

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    Lynn @ The Next Chapter — July 12, 2010 @ 4:12 am

    OH.EM.GEE!!!

    Those looks like little bites of pure heaven! I’m bookmarking this recipe!

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    Julie @SavvyEats — July 12, 2010 @ 4:20 am

    And…now I want these cookies for breakfast. Looks SO good. :)

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    amanda — July 12, 2010 @ 4:24 am

    Those looks delicious like everything else you make! The caramel drizzled on top is a nice bonus

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    Erica — July 12, 2010 @ 4:32 am

    I don’t normally like nuts in my cookies either, but knowing how good your chocolate cookies are….I think I will have to try these out. The drizzle on top in the picture makes them look extra tasty. Monday? ugh

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    Katherine — July 12, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    I have been craving sweet and salty so much! hello summer dehydration haha this looks like a perfect combo of it all

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    Daisy — July 12, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    touche! you really can’t go wrong with sweet + salty. awesome cookies

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — July 12, 2010 @ 5:05 am

    I sent my 16 year old, fabulous, niece to check out your site. She spent 3 hours digging through your recipes. Today’s recipe will keep her coming back for more!

    xo

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries — July 12, 2010 @ 5:06 am

    :shock: is all I have to say. And, I can’t believe you don’t like nuts in your dessert. Even peanut M&M’s??? We may be in the first dessert fight of our friendship :wink:

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    Heather — July 12, 2010 @ 5:08 am

    i might have tears in my eyes because these sound so good…yes, i’m weird, i know :)

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — July 12, 2010 @ 5:10 am

    Seriously…chocolate, pecan and caramel are just perfect together! YUM!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — July 12, 2010 @ 5:20 am

    Oh my gosh, we just bought some salted chocolate oatmeal cookies, and they were AMAZING. The thought of these homemade chocolate salted cookies is about to push me over the edge.

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    Gabriela — July 12, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    Salted caramel is amazing, so I can only imagine how absolutely delicious these would be. HOW do you manage to come up with so many new recipes?!

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    Jessie (Bites and Pieces) — July 12, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    These truly do look like the perfect cookie. I love the sweet and salty combination! :)

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    A Teenage Gourmet — July 12, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    WOAH. These looks like a crowd-pleaser! When I was little, I loved the chocolate turtle cheesecake from Fazoli’s. :D

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    Sophie @ yumventures — July 12, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    I agree, sweet-salty is amazing! Turtles are also my favorite candy: chocolate, nuts, caramel. How could you possibly go wrong?!

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    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — July 12, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    i want one of those crumbled on my oats!

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    Alexa — July 12, 2010 @ 5:46 am

    i can usually say.. i don’t really have a sweet tooth.. but these.. wow definitely made me second guess that! anything with sea salt is a must!

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    Baking Serendipity — July 12, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    I think my exception to nuts in cookies is oatmeal cookies, but totally agree that if I’m not expecting it, I’m really not happy when it’s there. This looks like a great recipe, nonetheless! :)

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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — July 12, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    Can never go wrong with the sweet + salty combo! YUM! :-P

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    Kristen — July 12, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    I’m not a nut fan either, but I think I could get used to them in a form like this. What a decadent and delicious cookie!

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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — July 12, 2010 @ 6:00 am

    Sweet and salty is the best flavor combination on the planet- those look great!

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    homecookedem — July 12, 2010 @ 6:26 am

    These look DREAMY!! I love anything with the name turtle in it. I want them NOW!!!!!!! :)

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    Kara @ MyWellnest — July 12, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    Drool…..

    Sweet & salty is the best!!!!!

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — July 12, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    Hello delicious! Salty sweet is such an awesome combo…and anything drizzled with caramel sauce is even better!

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    Kristy — July 12, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    Why you gotta do this to me? Sinful….

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    rachel — July 12, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    your food and photos are so droolworthy! love your blog :D

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    Layla — July 12, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    I love you but my thighs don’t like you at all. I’ve tried to talk sense into them but they won’t budge.

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    • Jessica — July 12th, 2010 @ 6:51 am

      My thighs don’t like me either.

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    Paula — July 12, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    I love the last pic! so delicious!

    have a nice day,
    Paula

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    Camille — July 12, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    Epic cookie win! I want to devour these!

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    Camille — July 12, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    Oh, help!! I’m the same way when it comes to nuts in my baked goods but I LOVE Turtles! Making these today!

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    Sonja {ActiveFoodie} — July 12, 2010 @ 7:09 am

    Holy amazingness those look incredible!!! I LOVE turtles too, an especiallly the salty/combo, what a great creation!

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — July 12, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    I totally agree that the sweet and salty combination is the best! Chocolate covered preztels are probably one of my favorite things ever!

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    Matt — July 12, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    I totally live for the sweet and salty combination :)

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    Kacy — July 12, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    Agreed. Sweet and Salty = perfection.

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    Kristina — July 12, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    I LOVE sweet + salty.

    I do not like walnuts. At all. In anything. Ever.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — July 12, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    OMG. Making these. Now.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — July 12, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    I love anything that has the salty sweet combo! I can’t wait to bake these!!

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    Wei-Wei — July 12, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Ugh. I hate hate hate nuts in brownies. But I love love love these. And you. <3

    Wei-Wei

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    Eliana — July 12, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    These cookies look absolutely perfect. Especially with that glaze on top – YUM!!!

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — July 12, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    Sweet and salty is definitely the best flavor combination in the world. The caramel sauce on these is totally over the top and makes me want them right now with my breakfast smoothie

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    Katie @ Healthy Heddleston — July 12, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Those looks delicious!!

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    Becki @ HikeBikeEat — July 12, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    I’m totally being serious when I say this: you should sprinkle some bacon with sugar, caramelize it in the oven, then chop it finely and sprinkle it either on top, or throughout the cookie! Instead of sea salt, this could be a great addition!

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    • Jessica — July 12th, 2010 @ 8:58 am

      You are a girl after my own heart.

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    Abby — July 12, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    The 12 pounds I just gained reading this recipe was totally worth it.

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    Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes — July 12, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    My bestest friend is a turtle addict, so she would LOVE these! I recently made her a turtle ice cream pie that was pretty ridiculous. And I agree, you can’t go wrong with the salty sweet. xxSAS

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    Erin @ CelticHeart Designs — July 12, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    MMMM Sweet and salty what an awesome combo!

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    Blond Duck — July 12, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    You know, I’ve been playing with the idea of adding caramels or butterscotch to my PB cookies. I think you inspired me!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — July 12, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    omg these look awesome! I love turtles…i just posted some today! raw vegan ones but your cookies look ummm….way more decadent and i need these!

    i also love rock and repub and true religion jeans girl…we need to shop together!

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    Sinful Southern Sweets — July 12, 2010 @ 11:04 am

    Good Gracious! What’s not to like!?!?! These look divine!!

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    Ellen @FirednFabulous — July 12, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Holy cow, I want to try EVERY recipe you post. These cookies look delicious. I like nuts…on my froyo, in cookies, and yes especially turtles! mmm…

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