Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Turtle Tassies

Ate some gator tail last night. Yes, the tail of an actual alligator.
It tasted like chicken. Except chewier.
Of course everything taste like chicken when you deep fry it and serve it with a creamy sauce.
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be…
…but I don’t feel the need to ever eat it again.
These are one of my favorite things I’ve made so far this holiday season. They kind of remind me of these but a little more gourmet. I had some caramels from Halloween that I never got around to using and saw these and thought great! Sure they start out with a sugar cookie dough mix but there’s enough love and work put into them to not make you feel guilty at all. They look kind of plain on the outside but then you bite into a gooey chocolate caramel heaven.

Turtle Tassies

Yield: 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • butter and egg called for on the pouch
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 (14 ounce) bags caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make dough according to package directions. Make 36 (1-inch) balls. Press each ball into a the bottom of each mini muffin cup and press up the sides.
  3. Bake 8-9 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Meanwhile in a small saucepan place unwrapped caramels and cream and heat until melted. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Remove pans from oven. Using the back of wooden spoon press down the sides and bottom of each cup to flatten being careful not to make holes.
  5. Bake for 2 minutes more. Remove from oven and immediately place 4-5 chocolate chips in each cup.
  6. Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of caramel into each cup and immediately top with pecans and slightly press them down. Cool for five minutes then remove with narrow spatula or a knife.

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  1. these look like a perfect bite-size dessert! love the gooeyness

  2. I absolutely love this!

    have a nice time,
    Paula

  3. Those are so cutee! They’re the perfect size too.

  4. Hi ,
    It’s my first time at your blog and you introduse me with this little wonders!!

    I’m a fan, serious!!

    Kisses,

    Rita

    http://bembons.blogspot.com

  5. I can’t believe you art alligator…. glad you’re adventurous. These look delicious. might need to make them tonight!
    thanks

  6. *ate* not art… oops

  7. Holy yummioly!!! I want to make these right now! They look delicious!

  8. YUM!!!

  9. Oooo…these look fancy without all the work! Love it :)

  10. I agree. Everything does seem to taste the same after you fry it and slather it in sauce. That’s how they got me to try rocky mountain oysters =)

    The caramel cookie cups look amazing. I love caramel, so these are going on my list!

  11. These look like bit sized pieces of heaven! YUM

  12. I think I would eat 10 of these in a row. My, my they look good!

  13. Made these yesterday using pie crust dough I had leftover from Thanksgiving instead of the sugar cookie dough. They were delicious!

  14. bite size anything gets my vote. these are cute, cute, cute

  15. See Christy–I told you you were a super mom! I LOVE your blog!!! Very cool! I’ll be checking back and trying your recipes for sure…and then I’ll probably see you at the gym! Haha! -Abby Berger

  16. I love anything turtle! And the technique is super easy and quick! Great idea for a potluck or party :)

  17. i love ur blog and this wonderful 12 days of cookies too!
    Fantastic!
    And yeah am totally in love with these cookies too, must try and definately an add in to my Christmas basket!

  18. chocolate and caramel in cute little cups! I love this!

  19. I just made these for a cookie exchange on Wednesday but I’m thinking I better make another batch because they keep disappearing…

  20. OMG any cookie with caramel sounds amazing! I’m going to make these even though it’s a little after the holidays :)

  21. These tassies done up like turtles are so cute and what a tasty treat! Luv this idea. :)

  22. Why can’t I copy these’s recipes

  23. These look great. Can I freeze them? Thank you for sharing.