Giant Turtle Treasure Cookies

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Cooling Time: 2 hrs
Yields: 32 cookies


Not many people can resist the temptation of chocolate covered-caramel turtles sandwiched between tender sugar cookies.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 20 NESTLÉ SIGNATURES TURTLES Candies, cut in half, divided


COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture; stir in nuts. Turn dough onto sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

DIVIDE refrigerated dough into 8 equal pieces. Return 6 pieces to refrigerator. Working with 2 pieces at a time, form each piece into a ball; place each on a separate sheet of plastic wrap. Using lightly floured hands, flatten balls into 6-inch circles. Lift one circle with wrap and invert onto ungreased baking sheet; peel off wrap. Arrange 10 Turtle halves on top of circle. Cover with second circle; peel off wrap. Press edges together gently to seal. Repeat with remaining refrigerated dough and remaining Turtles halves to make 3 more cookies.

BAKE for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Cut each cookie into 8 wedges.

Giant Turtle Treasure Cookies

by C. Carole , HARRISVILLE, OH on Mar. 2005

Wow, what a delicious cookie. It is like finding a treasure when you bite into one.

Great cookie

by D. Debra , OAK LAWN, IL on Feb. 2005

These cookies are great with a cup of coffee. Thanks for the recipe

Great Cookies!!!

by J. , FL on Apr. 2003

I made these cookies for the first time as a surprise to my boyfriend who loves turtles. And .... he loved them. He ate 20 cookies in less than 24 hours and when they were all gone, he asked me if I could make some more :-).


by S. Stephanie , Sacramento, CA on Jan. 2003

Very Very chewy and good. This are a very nice treat for any one who loves soft cookies. Made for work and every one loved them. Thank You Very Much.

Giant turtle cookies

by K. Karen , Ontario,Canada on Dec. 2002

This recipe is one of the best cookies we had made at my annual cookie exchange. We usually try a few different cookies each year, but the giant turtle cookie will be made by someone each year. Everyone agrees they are the best cookie we've discovered. Thanks

Review for Giant Turtle Treasure Cookies

by S. Sara , Webster, NY on Mar. 2002

This recipe is definetly a 4 !!! the delicious chocolate turtles really put a twist on the bland but sweet sugar cookies that sandwich them!!