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Snappy Turtle Cookies

Rated as 4.69 out of 5 Stars

"An old recipe from my Mom's collection that I inherited when she passed away. They look like real turtles."
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servings 283
Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 1/2 dozen)


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  1. Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda and salt. Cream 1/2 cup butter and gradually add 1/2 cup brown sugar, creaming well. Add egg and egg yolk and beat well. Blend in vanilla and maple flavoring. Add the dry ingredients gradually, mixing thoroughly. Chill to slightly firm dough.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  3. Arrange pecan halves in groups of five on greased baking sheets to resemble head and legs of a turtle. Shape dough into balls; dip bottom into unbeaten egg white and press lightly onto nuts. Use a rounded teaspoon of dough for each, so tips of nuts will show when cookies are baked. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool; frost tops generously with Chocolate Frosting.
  4. To Make Frosting: Combine 2 (1-ounce) squares of unsweetened chocolate ( or 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces), 1/4 cup milk and 1 Tablespoon butter in top of double boiler. Heat over boiling water until chocolate melts; blend until smooth. Remove from heat; add 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar. Beat until smooth and glossy. If too thin, add more confectioners' sugar until the desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 283 calories; 15.9 33.8 4 54 154 Full nutrition

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I made these for recipe group 12/04/2011. These were a cute little cookie. The full recipe yielded 21 cookies using a leveled cookie scoop. I found out from a lady on the recipe buzz that this c...

THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING THIS RECIPE. It is the exact same recipe that I inherited(Original clipping from the newspaper from about 50 years ago!!!) from my grandmother. I somehow missplaced it a...

Wonderful cookies, every bit as good as the bakery ones. This recipe is a keeper for Christmas.

wonderful cookies!

So much fun to make! We made them for a Christmas cookie competition. We decorated the backs of them with white, green, and red frosting. We also gave them green gel eyes. It made them much more...

These are tasty little critters. Great selection Recipe Group for 12/4/2011! Not only are they scrumptious, but they are cute as can be. Kids will love them. Just a note: I used quite a bit...

thank you for posting this turtle cookie recipe. my mother used to make these for birthday parties, and when we went to summer camp, but the recipe was lost many years ago--about 50!!! I just f...

I doubled the recipe the first time I made it: it was a bit time consuming. Let me tell you these were a hit! And they do taste great. The egg whites really hold the pecans on the bottom of t...

also from my mom's fav recipes out of the mary margaret mcbride encyclopedia of cooking books. excellent cookie.