Turtle Cookies are Ritz crackers filled with creamy caramel, coated in chocolate and topped with chopped pecans!
Turtle Ritz Cookies are a caramel spin on the traditional peanut butter Ritz cookies which are one of our family favorites. Since we love them so much, I figured there had to be other things that would taste delicious stuffed between two Ritz crackers and decided to try caramel.
Traditional Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies
First I wanted to share the recipe for our favorite peanut butter Ritz cookies. We make them throughout the year but they are a must during the holidays.
- 20 Ritz crackers
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 4 squares chocolate almond bark
Spread about 1 teaspoon of creamy peanut butter on 10 Ritz crackers. Top with another cracker, sandwiching the peanut butter between the two.
Melt the chocolate almond bark in the microwave according to the instructions on the package. Dip the sandwich cookies in the melted chocolate and place on a silicone mat or parchment paper to set and harden.
Turtle Ritz Cookies Recipe Testing
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.
Step-by-Step Turtle Cookies Instructions
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 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.
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.
Melt chocolate almond bark or chocolate candy coating in the microwave and dip the sandwich cookies in the chocolate.
Place them on a silicone mat or a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
You might get a little bit of beautiful, delicious, oozing caramel on some of the sandwiches!
Another option is to top each turtle cookie with a pecan half.
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.
Want More Turtle Recipes? Try One Of These Next:
With only THREE ingredients, Pretzel Turtles are so easy to make! They can be made as a quick treat or given as gifts during the holidays.
Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding: Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding is a warm, comforting dessert with chocolate, caramel, and pecans. It’s a crockpot recipe that everyone will love!
Easy Turtle Cheesecake: Easy turtle cheesecake recipe made from a ready-made cheesecake. Top it with chocolate, caramel, pecans, and whipped cream.
Nancy Hart says
Can I make theses ahead and freeze them for the holidays.
I’ve never tried freezing them. I’m not sure how well the crackers and the chocolate coating would hold up.
Best of luck,
Nancy, the answer to your question is No. They are better off making and eating them fresh.
You never want to put chocolate in the freezer or refrigerator; as the chocolate looses it’s taste and color.
The chocolate just doesn’t taste the same if frozen or refrigerated.
Laura Vincent says
Can I substitute chocolate chips for bark?
Yes, but you might have to use some shortening to thin the chocolate.
I had the same question!! I think these would taste much better with real chocolate! Has anyone made these with chocolate chips?
Terri fisher says
They look much fancier than dipped oreos………..trying these beauties 12/23..Betcha I’ll win the contest for ‘Choctober ’17, Best in Show! Thanks
virginia Sierra says
I made these the turtle cookies for my annual cookie exchange, they where the best.
Fantastic! I’m happy to hear they were a success!
How long do these last in the fridge? A week?
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!
Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish says
A chocolate lovers dream! Love it!
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
has anyone doubled or tripled this recipe? any problems doing that?
O.M.G.! Could you have made anything more perfect? These sound like they are so addicting that once made, they will be gone in a flash! Pinning…
Jessy @ The Life Jolie says
What an excellent combination of salty and sweet. Now I wish I had time to make these (I’ve definitely made too many sweets already this year- so much for losing that last 10 lbs of baby weight!(.
These are total awesomesauce!! 🙂 I want to devour all of them!
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says
I bet the sweet salty combo is amazing!!
Ginny McMeans says
What a great idea! These look so good and a real crowd pleaser!
These look SO good. I must make them, and soon!
Cate @ Chez CateyLou says
These look incredible! Your recipe testing really worked out well!! I hate recipe failures – I tried to make Florentines this weekend and I have no idea what happened, but they did NOT turn out. 🙁
Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition says
GENIUS idea! Love anything between a Ritz cracker… especially caramel!
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!
Tonia Cumings says
what is the recipe for the peanut butter cream cheese
Annie @Maebells says
These are darling! They would make perfect gifts!
Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says
I have been having the same problem with #alltheholidayfails! So annoying! But these cookies look worth it – yum! Pinned!
heather @french press says
LOVE that caramel ooze – it makes them even prettier
Matt Robinson says
These look incredible, love that caramel center. WOW!
Tonia, these look amazing! I love the sweet, salty, caramel, chocolate combo! pinned!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
I’ve had tons of recipe fails lately too!! These look amazing!!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
These look incredible! Love the gooey caramel center!
Sara @ Bitz & Giggles says
I spotted these this morning and had to come over and visit. Oh my goodness. These cookies look divine. Pinning and sharing this wonderful recipe!
Mary@Bake Me A Scone says
I doubt these would last at any holiday table for more than a few minutes. They scream delicious!
Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me says
OH-MY-GOODNESS those look amazing. Pinning, sharing and drooling!