Over the past year of doing this blog, I’ve kinda fallen in love with food photography. I love trying to set up props and get a good shot. I take way too many photos and then I spend what seems like forever scrutinizing each one to get the perfect ones for the post. And if anyone besides me looked at each picture they’d think they were the same photo, but I can tell the difference.
Then there are those times that you know you have the shot. You can feel it, you’ve taken the great food photo. You turn off your camera, eat the evidence and move on.
And then you download the pictures and realize they suck. (Well, maybe they aren’t horrible, but you don’t like them, which means they suck, right?)
Enter these Turtle Cookie photos.
They are horrible, according to me. They look nothing like how I envisioned them.
I don’t think they do the cookies justice, but I loved the cookies. They. Were. Awesome.
½ cup caramel sauce (I love Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel)
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
For the Garnish
½ cup pecans, chopped and toasted*
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Mix in baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Beat until well blended. Add flour ½ cup at a time. The dough will seem sticky, but it will come together just right. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface (no need to refrigerate first) and cut your cookies into whatever shape/size you want. I used small circles, because let’s be honest…it’s a sandwich cookie and we’ll be eating two cookies for every one treat we eat. Bake about 5-6 minutes depending on size and let cool before filling.
Cream butter and caramel sauce with a hand-held mixer until well combined. Slowly beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Line up your cookies and frost half of them with the buttercream. Close your sandwiches with the other cookie.
Melt chocolate chips (using a microwave or double boiler, whatever floats your boat). Place your pecans in a shallow bowl. Dip half of each cookie into the melted chocolate and then the pecans. Place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and chill until firm.
*To toast your pecans…place on a baking sheet and roast at 350° for only a few minutes. Do not walk away from the oven. As soon as you can smell them they are done. (And they will burn quickly.)
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