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From my friend and chef Gary Lindstrum:

Turtle Thumbprints This has to be one of my all time favorite cookies. My favorite candy is a good Turtle and this just allows me to enjoy it as a cookie also. You won't believe how good these cookies are and they do freeze well and I've been known to eat them frozen! I've attached pictures of the different steps so you can understand their construction a bit easier. Enjoy.

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Ingredients;

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 chewy caramels, unwrapped (like Werther's)
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Directions;

1. Separate egg; place yolk and white in separate bowls. Cover and chill egg white until needed. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat well. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.

2. In another (3rd) bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt

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Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a small saucepan heat and stir caramels, vanilla and whipping cream over low heat until mixture is smooth. Set aside.

4. Slightly beat reserved egg white. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in egg white, then in pecans to coat.

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Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.

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Using the back of a 1/2 teaspoon round measuring spoon, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.

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5. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are firm. If cookie centers puff during baking (which they most likely will), repress with your measuring spoon. Spoon melted caramel mixture into indentations of cookies using a teaspoon.

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Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. (If necessary, reheat caramel mixture to keep it spoonable.)

6. In another saucepan heat and stir chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool slightly. Drizzle chocolate mixture over tops of cookies using a fork and a quick back and forth motion as the chocolate drips.

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Let stand until chocolate is set. Makes 36 cookies.

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Look good!

(Christmas gifts, perhaps?)

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