Caramel Pecan Turtles

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Serves 70 | Prep Time | Cook Time 5 to 6

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Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup butter flavor shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt

Caramel and Chocolate Topping
28 caramels
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups pecan halves
1 package (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips


Cream shortening and sugars together. Add milk. Beat in eggs one at a time; add vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Mix into creamed mixture. Chill for one hour.

Heat oven to 350ºF.

Roll out 1/3 of the dough at a time, to about 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out with 2 1/4-inch cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 5-6 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Remove immediately to cooling rack.

Caramel and Chocolate Topping

Combine caramels and milk in microwave-safe bowl. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave at 50%(MEDIUM). Stir after 1 minute. Repeat until smooth (or melt on range top in small saucepan on very low heat).

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls on top of each cookie. Place 3 pecan halves around edge of caramel to resemble turtles.

Place chocolate chips in microwave-safe cup. Microwave at 50% (MEDIUM)for 1 minute. Stir after 1 minute. Repeat until smooth (or melt on range top in small saucepan on very low heat).

Place melted chocolate in a small plastic baggie. Cut the corner off the bag and drizzle a small amount of chocolate in the center of the cookie. Do not cover the pecans. Cool completely.

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