Thursday, December 20, 2012
12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Turtle
I bought a huge bag of Kraft caramels for one of my earlier recipes and took the rest of the caramels in to work to sit in a bowl on my desk. When I found this recipe, I scooped them back up and brought them home thinking that I would save money on this recipe because I already had caramels. Little did I know that a bag of pecan bits would cost nearly $6. Sigh. This has become an expensive venture! Next year I'm going to have to do 12 days of Christmas rice. Rice is cheap.
TURTLE COOKIES (1.5-2 dozen)
1 c all purpose flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/4 t salt
1 stick butter, softened
2/3 c sugar
1 large egg, separated + 1 additional egg white
2 T milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 1/4 c finely chopped pecans
14 soft caramel candies
3 T heavy cream
2 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1 t shortening
Combine flour, cocoa and salt and set aside. With mixer on medium-high speed, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, milk and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture a little a time until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour, until chilled.
Whisk egg whites in a bowl until frothy. Place pecans in another bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and dip in egg whites, then roll in pecans. Place on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Make an indentation in the center of each ball with your thumb or with the bottom of a 1/2 t measuring spoon. bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Microwave caramels and cream, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Fill each indentation with about 1/2 t of the caramel and allow cookies to cool on the pan. For the chocolate drizzle, place chocolate chips and shortening in a small Ziploc bag and allow bag to float in a large bowl of hot water. Once the chocolate has began to melt, gently knead the bag until mixture is entirely smooth. Snip a tiny corner of the bag and use bag to lightly drizzle each cookie with chocolate. Allow cookies to cool completely on wire racks.
Hannah's cookie note: I'd be curious to sprinkle just a tiny bit of sea salt on these to see how it changes the flavor. Too bad I don't have any!