Turtle Cookies

Turtle Ritz Sandwich Cookies

For some reason, it seems that when the holidays roll around and I start to have recipe failures. I thought these Turtle Cookies were going to be a quick and easy recipe success. The first time I made them, I used dulce de leche from a can. They were easy to make, they tasted delicious and the pictures turned out great. But the next morning when I saw the cookies, the chocolate coating had cracked on all of them! So, I tried again and again until I thought about moving on from this recipe idea, but decided I was going to find a way to make it work…no.matter.what. And I succeeded, so today I am finally sharing my recipe for Turtle Sandwich Cookies using Ritz crackers.

Caramel filling

To make about 1/4 cup of caramel sauce, use 12 caramels (I used Kraft Caramels) and 2 teaspoons of whipping cream. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Microwave for an additional 15 seconds and stir. Continue heating and stirring at 15 second intervals until smooth. Watch carefully so that the caramel sauce doesn’t boil over or burn.

Before putting the caramel sauce on the crackers, you need to to cool and thicken. So, allow the sauce to cool at room temperature for about 8-10 minutes, stirring often to keep it smooth.

Plop about 1 teaspoon of the caramel in the center of a Ritz cracker. This made enough for me to make 11 turtle sandwich cookies.

Carmel sandwich cookie recipe

Top it with another cracker and squish the caramel so that it spreads out. Place the caramel sandwiches in the fridge for an hour for the caramel to harden.

chocolate dipped cookies

Melt chocolate almond bark or chocolate candy coating in the microwave and dip the sandwich cookies in the chocolate.

chopped pecans

Place them on a silicone mat or a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

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You might get a little bit of beautiful, delicious, oozing caramel on some of the sandwiches!

caramel ritz sandwich cookies

Another option is to top each turtle cookie with a pecan half.

Caramel Filled Sandwich Cookies

If you like sweet and salty treats, go ahead and sprinkle a little sea salt on the caramel before adding the top cracker, or you could even sprinkle it on when adding the chopped pecans.

Turtle Cookies - Caramel Filled Ritz
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 11
Ingredients
  • 12 caramels (I used Kraft)
  • 2 tsp heavy whipping cream
  • 22 Ritz crackers
  • 4 squares chocolate almond bark
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • Optional: whole pecans, sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place caramels and whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Microwave for an additional 15 seconds and stir. Continue heating and stirring at 15 second intervals until smooth. Watch carefully so that the caramel sauce doesn’t boil over or burn.
  2. Allow the sauce to cool and thicken, at room temperature, for about 8-10 minutes, stirring often to keep it smooth.
  3. Plop about 1 teaspoon of the caramel in the center of 11 Ritz crackers.
  4. Top each with another cracker and squish the caramel so that it spreads out.
  5. Place the caramel sandwiches in the fridge for an hour for the caramel to harden.
  6. Melt chocolate almond bark in the microwave and dip the sandwich cookies in the chocolate.
  7. Place them on a silicone mat or a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  8. Allow the chocolate to set and harden at room temperature.
  9. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
  10. Optional: Use whole pecans instead of chopped pecans. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.

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Comments

  1. Angela says

    This was awesome! Thank you!
    I ought to say that I used traders joes dulce de leche right out of the jar. I also melted some vahlrona chocolate and butter together for the coating. Then, I refrigerated them for about an hour. Just spectacular! I can’t thank you enough for this recipe!

  2. Francis says

    Just made these beauties as part of my Christmas copy extravaganza. A double batch of caramel gave me 35 sandwiches. They are still cooling but look beautiful. Thanks and merry Christmas

  3. says

    I feel like we’re on the same wave length! I made something similar, crackers dipped in chocolate and stuffed with peanut butter cream cheese yesterday! I adore everything you make Tonia!

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