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These Turtle Cookies are easy cookie cups made with four ingredients! They’re a semi-homemade treat with ready-to-bake cookie dough, caramel, pecans, and frosting. A cute, bite-sized dessert everyone will love!

turtle cup with chocolate frosting on top

This is an easy semi-homemade cookie cup recipe. You can use refrigerated cookie dough plus store bought caramel and frosting to make them really easy. 

They’re quick to assemble, and the combination of chocolate, caramel, nuts, and cookies is so good! They’re basically caramel-filled cookies that taste like turtle candy.

I love to make cookie cups for parties because they’re the perfect bite-sized dessert. They look special, and no one can resist them! If you love chocolate caramel cookies, these turtle cookies are a must-make.

Ingredients in turtle cups laid out with words saying the ingredients shown

How to make Turtle Cookies

  • Coat a mini muffin pan with non-stick baking spray or grease and flour them. Place one cookie dough ball in each muffin mold and bake them for 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies in the pan for five to ten minutes, and then use the handle of a wooden spoon to press them into a cup shape.
  • Allow them to cool completely before removing them from the pan. It helps to use a butter knife to loosen the edges so you can easily pop them out of the mold.
  • Mix the caramel sauce and pecans in a bowl. Spoon the caramel mixture into each cookie cup.
  • Place the frosting in a piping bag fitted with an open star tip and frost the cookie cups.

Storing and Freezing Instructions

You can store the turtle cookie cups in the refrigerator for up to three days. Let them warm to room temperature before serving them. I don’t recommend freezing them.

turtle cup cut in half showing caramel sauce and chocolate frosting

Expert Tips

  • You can use any flavor of refrigerated cookie dough for this recipe. I recommend using the cookie dough already portioned into cookie dough balls, not the kind in a tube.
  • Make sure to finely chop the pecans so they’ll fit in the cookie cup.
  • Want to make them from scratch? Make my chocolate chip cookie recipe, and use homemade caramel sauce and chocolate frosting.
multiple turtle cups with chocolate frosting on top laying on a drying rack
turtle cup with chocolate frosting on top with words on the photo

Turtle Cookie Cups

5 from 4 votes
Easy cookie cups that start with chocolate chip cookie dough and are filled with caramel and pecans and topped with chocolate frosting.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 1 package 24 count ready to bake chocolate chip cookie dough
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 12 ounce container chocolate frosting
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini muffin pans with nonstick baking spray (the kind with flour) or grease and flour the pans. Don’t skip this step or your cookies will stick.
  • Place one cookie dough ball in each muffin pan cavity. Bake 18-22 minutes or until the cookies are fully baked.
  • Cool 5-10 minutes, then use the back of a wooden spoon handle or the rounded part of a ½ teaspoon to press the cookie into a cup.
  • Cool completely before trying to remove. Use a butter knife to carefully loosen and pop the cookie cup out of the muffin pan.
  • Stir together caramel sauce and pecans. Spoon about 1-2 teaspoons into each cookie cup.
  • Place frosting in a piping bag fitted with an open star tip (Wilton 1M). Frost cookie cups with frosting.
  • Store cookies in refrigerator for up to 3 days, serve room temperature. I don’t recommend freezing these.

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Recipe Notes

  • Use any flavor cookie dough
  • Use any brand cookie dough
  • Make my chocolate chip cookie recipe if you want to make these from scratch.
  • You can use jarred caramel or homemade.
  • Chop the pecans small so they’ll fit in the cookie cup.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

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Last Updated on August 18, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Hi, these look DELICIOUS! I am going to make these for my brothers birthday! Have u made them in regular muffin tins before?