[December 3rd] Turtle Cookies & a great idea for all Cookie Lovers

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Don’t worry – no animals were harmed while making these cookies! From the outside they resemble the turtle shell but inside they taste like chocolate, nuts and caramel – can it get any better than that?!

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Turtle Cookies

makes about 60 cookies

  • 140g flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 115g butter
  • 130g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 75g grinded hazelnuts
  • 50g chopped almonds
  • 20 soft caramels
  • 4 tbsp cream
  • 50g semisweet chocolate

Separate egg. Mix flour, cocoa powder and salt. Use another bowl to whip up the butter and sugar, then add the egg yolk and milk. Eventually add the flour mix and form a smooth dough. Place in the fridge for about an hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix egg white and 4 tbsp of water. Combine hazelnuts and almonds in a little bowl. Form the dough into little balls, dip them into the eggwash and then roll them in the nut mix. Put on a baking tray lined with baking paper and use a little measuring spoon or something similar to make a dent in the middle of the cookies. Bake for 12 minutes – maybe you have to push the dents down again imediately after baking. Let cookies cool completely.

Mix caramels and cream in a little bowl and mircowave – you can also heat it up on the stove – until you have a creamy sauce. Fill caramel sauce into the dents and allow to cool.

Put the chocolate in a zip lock bag and submerge the bag in hot water. Wait till the chocolate is melted, then cut off a little tip and decorate the cookies.

 

Adapted from this recipe.

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That is exactly my type of cookie!! In case you’re searching me – I’m in cookie heaven! What’s your favorite cookie?

 

Lastly I want to tell you something about a great thing that found its way into my advent rituals: The cookie afternoon. Invite all your family and friends: Everybody bakes a big batch of their favorite cookie and packs lots of little bags. Then you take them with you and meet somewhere for coffee. In the end you exchange the cookie bags and you have so many different types of cookies to make you happy!

I love the idea of this because it kinda gives you a kickstart into the christmas time and you get to try so many new recipes you might have never found.

Here are a couple of photos of our cookie afternoon this year:

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Maybe you like the idea, too?

Take care & HAPPY BAKING!

xo Kristin

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