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Turtle Thumbprint

These Turtle Thumbprint Cookies are a delicious melt in your mouth cookie combining the flavors of almond, pecan, caramel and chocolate.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword thumbprint cookies, Turtle Thumbprint
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 104 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke


Thumbprint Cookie

  • 1 cup (226g) salted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk


  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


Thumbprint Cookie

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and granulated sugar until smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Mix in almond extract, flour, and egg yolk until dough comes together. 

  3. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Using a spoon, (I used a teaspoon) make a small impression in the center of each ball.

  4. Bake for 14-18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned.  

  5. Cool completely before filling.


  1. Once the cookies have cooled, fill each impression with caramel sauce, and top with pecans.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips.  Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of each cookie. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a plastic bag in the microwave. Just be sure to massage it between heating cycles to make sure it heats evenly.

Recipe Video

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Recipe Notes

The video doesn't show the egg yolk being added, my apologies! Please follow the written recipe.