Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

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chocolate chip turtle cookies

My husband works from home. He’s been doing it since Jordan was about 18 months old, so she’s never known anything different. In fact, she doesn’t quite understand the whole “going to work” thing. It’s kind of funny when she talks about how her friends’ dads are gone all day and have to work (since, obviously, my husband is home which means he’s not working).

{Can’t wait to see where that work idea gets us in about 12 years.}

Anyway, so Mel is home, locked up in his office all day. Most of his day is spent on conference calls with his clients or coworkers (which are spread out all over California and the country). All of his coworkers also work from home offices, so once in awhile they have to do video calls.

Those days are funny. Often, he forgets he has to be on a video call, so as I’m showering he rushes into the bathroom to change his shirt to one with a collar and I have to hand him his razor and the shaving cream so he can shave his 6-day old beard (the one he hasn’t shaved since the last video call).

Then he heads back to his office and shuts the dog and cat in the hallway, hoping WWIII doesn’t begin while he’s talking to his boss.

All in a polo and workout shorts. Or sweat pants, if its winter. And slippers.

I really, really wish I could see what all the people are wearing on their calls. You know they are all clean shaven, hair brushed, the women have their make-up on. There are polo shirts, button-down shirts, and ties.

And then below the desks? Bunny slippers and flip-flops? Slips and boxers?

One of these days they should just all count to three and stand up.

Or maybe not?

So, if you’re lucky enough to have your husband working at home during the day, he can probably take five minutes out of his lunch break to make these cookies for you for Mother’s Day.

Because, seriously, that’s all the time it takes.

Chocolate chip cookies, melted chocolate, pecans, and melted caramel. That’s all you need to make these little bites of wonderful.

And to make it even easier? You can start with a refrigerator cookie. Or even your favorite bag of Chips Ahoy!

Top with melted chocolate. Top with melted caramel. Top with a pecan and chocolate drizzle.


Then he can go back to his office, sweats, apron, and all.

(Recipe from Nabisco Sweet Treats Magazine)
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Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

Author Dorothy Kern


  • 3 squares semi-sweet chocolate , divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 chocolate chip cookies , baked and cooled (from your favorite recipe, a tube, or even a package of Chips Ahoy!)
  • 6 caramels
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 12 pecan halves


  1. Melt two chocolate squares and butter in a microwaveable bowl about 1 minute until chocolate is melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Spread onto the cookies and let harden.
  2. Microwave the caramels and milk in a small bowl for about 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Melt remaining chocolate square in a separate bowl.
  3. Spread caramel onto centers of cookies and top with nuts. Drizzle remaining chocolate over the pecan and let cookies harden before serving.

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  1. Hahaha, I can tooootally picture all his coworkers wearing like, boxers and stuff underneath their desks with their suit and tie up top. Reminds me of when we had to take senior pictures and I thought every boy and every girl had their own respectable suit and tie and drape, but turns out, they were only COLLARS they put on the boys over their regular t-shirts and quarter jackets. Obviously really classy stuff right there πŸ™‚
    These cookies? You had me at the caramel. In fact, this kinda sorta makes me wanna dip a chocolate chip cookie into a jar of caramel sauce. Weird? Then I don’t want to be normal. YUM!

    PS, hope your day is better tomorrow! (or today, if you’re reading this Wednesday!) πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Hayley. You were so sweet today. Jordan and her little attitude are already in bed so no matter what, tonight will be an improvement over today. πŸ™‚ AND OMG WHY HAVE I NEVER DIPPED MY COOKIES IN THE CARAMEL JAR??? You’re a genius.

  2. I want some now!

  3. Yeup. I’m definitely drooling and super jealous that your husband gets to work from home. I wish mine could.

  4. Ha! *I* actually work from home on Mondays and Tuesdays, and guess what I’m wearing those days? Sweat pants and slippers, all the way! And, um, yeah…these cookies would be awesome while I’m working away at my home computer!

  5. My all time favorite candy in a cookie! Deliciousness! Love it!

  6. These look amazingly delicious.

  7. I am wiping the drool from my lips as I read through the recipe. I think these may be a treat on Sunday. I have a “bucket” of cookie dough from Sam’s Club in my frig all the time. All I need to do is pick up a bag of caramels. To think that hubby might make them is almost laughable. He can turn on the microwave, but forget it when it comes to the stove or the dishwasher or anything else for that matter. Thanks for the fun post and great cookie idea.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  8. I’d kill my husband if he worked from home. So I’ll be making these for me!

  9. I could kiss you right now. No wait. I take that back. I could strangle you right now because I am lacking chocolate chip cookies and caramels.
    Clearly I will now have to step away from the computer to eat a handful of chocolate chips from the baking drawer.
    These are definitely getting pinned.

  10. Yum!!! What a great idea, as if I need an excuse to buy a bag of caramels but it’s on my grocery list now!

  11. “Turtle” anything catches my attention. You need to toss those in the microwave and throw some ice cream on top. I’d call that dinner πŸ™‚

  12. Oh those look so so so good!! My husband is a work at home, conference call in his bathrobe kind of guy too!! Love the working at home and yes, it is incredibly hard to explain to the kids that Daddy has a real job!

  13. Wow my mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing! PINNING! πŸ™‚

  14. yum, I would totally love those, and I would never get out of my pj’s if I worked from home. but I would splurge on super cute ones!

  15. haha! I am just giggling thinking about the collared shirts and bunny slippers. I take my kids to school in my pjs, then come home and stay in them until I workout, and then finally I get into real clothes. You have me wanting to go slurp from the caramel jar in my fridge:-) Awesome cookie idea!!!

  16. Love this cookie idea, I think I’ll have the kids make some for me!
    Many a time I’ve dropped the kids off at school in my slippers then decided to make a quick run into the grocery store on the way back forgetting I’m wearing my slippers. No one’s ever commented to me but wonder what they were all thinking? Hopefully, lucky girl, she gets to go back home!

  17. Those look fantastic!

  18. Seriously? Turtle cookies? I want some right now!

    Are your cookies stuffed with something? The little square shape on the top makes me think there is something in the middle.

    • No, nothing in the middle. They’re the break-apart refrigerator cookies, the ones that start as squares, and mine never seem to totally loose the square. Possibly because I like half raw cookies so I always underbake. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  19. I just found ypur blog, and I am so glad I did, all of your recipes are amazing, and I love your header too πŸ™‚ I loce caramel + pecans, so I will definetely try these cookies!

  20. A spur of the moment “stand up” for all work from home-ers would be hilarious! I bet they all have slippers and pj’s on….well, alot of the men probably just have on boxers! πŸ˜‰
    These cookies sound awesome! I love anything gooey, and these with their melty caramel look perfect!

  21. I’ll have a few…… or a dozen of these please?!

  22. This can be seriously dangerous in our house! πŸ™‚ Tow of my Hubby’s favorite treats in one – you know I have to try this πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing, Dorothy! xoxo

  23. mmmmm! These look so delicious Dorothy! Turtle is, by far, one of my favorite flavors. And my husband and I agreed to not buy gifts this year– but only with the stipulation that we get WHATEVER we want food-wise on our respective holidays. I’ll have to keep these cookies in mind πŸ˜‰

  24. Dorothy, chocolate turtles are my mom’s absolute FAVORITE. I was going to make sure some homemade turtles this weekend for Mother’s Day but these just look like so much fun! You must have had me in mind when you made these πŸ™‚

  25. OH yum, those look so good! If I was not on a diet, I would be making these tonight!

  26. These look like a cookie I will need to bookmark for the holidays when I do lots of baking. Never had a turtle cookie, bet they are great. Thanks for sharing.

  27. oh these might be my husband’s dream cookie!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend!

  28. My favorite! =)
    I love chocolate chip cookies! these look wonderful!
    Happy Mothers Day!

  29. These look SO delicious! I am for sure going to make these with my kiddos! Would love for you to link these up with Try a New Recipe Tuesday! πŸ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Many blessings, Lisa

  30. Haha, I think the stand up idea might be scarring.:) Those cookies look fabulous. I’m LOVE turtle anything.

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  32. My blood sugar spikes just READING your recipes … love what you do, girl!! Thanks for sharing these at the {what’s shakin’ link party}!!

  33. Simple yet genius πŸ™‚

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  36. Yum, yum, yum! These look absolutely delicious! I will definitely be trying these out soon! xx

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