Caramel Pecan Turtles
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 5 to 6
  • Servings: 70
  • 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
DIRECTIONS
  1. 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.
  2. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  3. 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.
  4. Caramel and Chocolate Topping
  5. 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).
  6. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls on top of each cookie. Place 3 pecan halves around edge of caramel to resemble turtles.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.