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Crumbl Turtle Cookie Copycat Recipe

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Chocolate, caramel and pecans create the BEST candies, cookies or dessert flavor. Yep, the good old Turtle combination that is chocolate, creamy and crunchy and tastes delicious. This week at the Crumbl Cookie Bakery they have introduced a NEW flavor – the Turtle Cookie. This is a dark chocolate based cookie rolled in chopped pecans, topped with creamy caramel layer, a chocolate layer and sprinkled with more pecans.

Chocolate Turtle Cookies on Mat

For those who aren’t lucky to have a Crumbl location nearby, we are here for you! Yep, we have the perfect copycat recipe for these Crumbl Turtle Cookies and we know you are going to love them! They are easy to make, delicious and produce a gorgeous cookie that looks like you spent days making it.

These cookies are PERFECT for the upcoming holidays. Make them for a Cookie Exchange Party, a holiday get together, to give to you neighbors and friends or just to enjoy with your family.

If you want to check out some of the other copycat cookie flavors, may we suggest you start with these:  Chocolate Ft. York Cookies, Crumbl Dirt Cake Cookies, Muddy Buddies, Mini Twix, Pink Confetti Cake Cookies, Galaxy Brownie Cookies, Chocolate Cake Cookies, Cookies and Cream Milkshake Cookies or the Churro Cookies

MINI CRUMBL IS THE PERFECT SIZE

You know we love our MINI Crumbl cookies, right? Yes, Crumbl is known for their GIANT cookies. They are so big, in fact, they list them as 3.5-6.5 servings in their stores.

That’s right, we are so in love with our MINI Crumbl size that we made this week’s Turtle Cookies mini as well! In fact, we only make mini-size cookies these days with our Crumbl copycat recipes. It’s just how we roll.

This cookie recipe makes 24 cookies because I recommend making them MUCH smaller than Crumbl would. Instead of a “shareable cookie”, this is a bite-sized cookie that you won’t feel so guilty eating. Three or four bites and it’s gone. Have two or three, no one is judging! I would assume Crumbl uses at least 1/4 of a cup of cookie dough for each cookie and I suggest just about 1 tablespoons in order to make them a more manageable size.

If you prefer GIANT cookies, make only 10-12 cookies with this recipe. If you prefer smaller cookies, make 24 with the dough. So, you do you.

TO CHILL OR NOT TO CHILL?

That is the question! I’m not talking about the cookie dough because no chilling is necessary for the dough but how do you serve them? Chilled or warm? This is where my husband and I differ with this recipe.

I’m going to cut to the chase, while other Crumbl cookie versions are better warm, I think these Turtle Cookies need to be served CHILLED. Even Crumbl sells them chilled. They remind me more of a turtle candy when they are chilled.

My husband on the other hand, prefers them warm. Easy enough. He just grabs one from the refrigerator and pops it in the microwave for 10 seconds. His cookie is warm.

I have also found that all the Crumbl recipes stay fresh longer if you keep them in the refrigerator. No matter what air-tight container you keep the cookies in, they don’t stay fresh as long out on the counter as they do if you put them in the fridge. So, the moral of the story is STORE THESE COOKIES IN THE FRIDGE. Sure, you can eat them cold or pop them in the microwave right before you eat them but you’ll thank me when you still have fresh cookies 3-4 days later.

CRUMBL TURTLE COOKIES INGREDIENTS

Turtle Cookie Ingredients
  • Butter – salted or unsalted will work.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar – dark or light brown sugar will work
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract – use the REAL extract and not the imitation
  • Flour – all-purpose works best
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Pecans (finely chopped)
  • Caramels
  • Milk Chocolate Chips – this is for the ganache so use semi-sweet or dark (whatever you prefer)
  • Heavy Cream

HOW TO MAKE TURTLE COOKIES

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 

2. Cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.

3. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

4. Add in flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mix until all combined.

Turtle Cookie Steps

5. Scoop out 24 equal cookie dough balls (they should be 1 TBSP of dough – I recommend a 1 TBSP cookie scoop). Roll each dough ball in the finely chopped pecans.

Chocolate Cookie in Pecans

6. Place on prepared baking sheet – 12 cookies to a sheet.

Turtle Cookies on Baking Tray

6. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 8 minutes and then let cool on the baking sheet for an additional 10 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you’ll need to bake them for 12 minutes.

Turtle Pecan Cookies on Baking Tray

CARAMEL TOPPING

  1. Place the caramels and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between.
  2. Stir. Place the melted caramel in the refrigerator while the cookies bake and cool.
Turtle Caramel Cookies

CHOCOLATE TOPPING

1. Place the milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between.

Top each cookie with a teaspoon of caramel and gently spread around. Repeat with all the cookies. Place the caramel topped cookies in the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes to set.

Turtle Cookies with Caramel
Crumbl Turtle Cookies

Remove cookies from fridge and top each on with a teaspoon of melted chocolate and gently spread over caramel. Sprinkle with a few pecan pieces on each cookie.

Crumbl Turtle Cookies with Chocolate

Return cookies to refrigerator to set for about 20 minutes. Enjoy these cookies chilled right out of the refrigerator.

Crumbl Turtle Cookies on cooling rack
Crumbl Turtle Cookies on Blue Plate
Stack of Turtle Cookies
Turtle Cookie with Bite
Crumbl Turtle Cookies on Blue Plate

Mini Crumbl Turtle Cookies

Hollie Schultz
A dark chocolate cookie rolled in chopped pecans, topped with a caramel layer and a chocolate layer and sprinkles with more pecans.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 184 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup caramels

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 
  • Cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mix until all combined.
  • Scoop out 24 equal cookie dough balls (they should be 1 TBSP of dough – I recommend a 1 TBSP cookie scoop). Roll each cookie dough ball in the finely chopped pecans. Place on prepared baking sheet – 12 cookies per sheet.
  • Bake for 8 minutes. Cool cookies cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you’ll need to bake them for 12-14 minutes.
  • While cookies are baking, melt the caramels.

CARAMEL LAYER

  • Place the caramels and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between. Stir. Place the melted caramel in the refrigerator while the cookies bake and cool.

CHOCOLATE TOPPING

  • Place the milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between.

COOKIE ASSEMBLY

  • Top each cookie with a teaspoon of caramel and gently spread around. Repeat with all the cookies. Place the caramel topped cookies in the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  • Remove cookies from fridge and top each on with a teaspoon of melted chocolate and gently spread over caramel. (Optional: Top with 1/4 of a mini Twix candy bar.)Return cookies to refrigerator to set for about 20 minutes. Enjoy these cookies chilled right out of the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 102mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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