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      Recipe: Darlene's Kitchen

      Darlene Womack/Darlene's Kitchen

      11 March 2014

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      Turtle Cookies

      You can purchase a box of chocolate - chocolate chip cookie mix for this recipe. Below is the recipe I use. You can mix up the (scratch) dough and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 months.

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      1 recipe Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Cookie dough

      3 to 4 dozen chocolate covered caramels (like Rolo)- Have these unwrapped and ready to use

      3 to 4 dozen pecan halves

      3 to 4 dozen mini treat cups

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      Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

      • Melt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (microwave on high for 1 minute; stir, then microwave 10-15 seconds at the time until melted). Set aside to slightly cool.

      • Sift together and set aside:

      1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

      1 1/2 tsp baking powder

      1/4 tsp salt

      • With a mixer, beat on medium speed until thoroughly combined:

      1 cup sugar

      1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter

      1 1/2 tsp vanilla

      • Beat in melted chocolate. Scrape the bowl and beaters.

      • Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

      • Beat in 1 cup semi-sweet choc chips (not melted). It's a little noisy, but it's best to add these before the flour.

      • Add flour mixture and beat for about a minute or until well combined. Do not over beat!

      • Cover tightly and refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours).

      • Preheat oven to 350. Place mini treat cups in mini muffin pan(s) and scoop about a 1 1/2 tbsp ball of cookie dough into each cup.

      • Bake for about 10-11 minutes.

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      Assembling the Turtle Cookies:

      • While cookies are still hot, poke a choc covered caramel into the center of each cookie. Next, top each one with a pecan half, pressing gently down and slightly into the center. You'll still see the pecan.

      • Let cool in pans for about 30 minutes or so before removing. Allow to completely cool before serving (if you can wait that long!).

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      These are super sweet, but addicting! Enjoy!

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      Peanut Butter Cookies

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      Thoroughly cream together:

      1/2 cup softened butter

      1/2 cup peanut butter

      1/2 cup sugar

      1/2 cup brown sugar

      1 egg

      1/2 tsp. vanilla

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      Sift together and add to creamed mixture:

      1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

      3/4 tsp. soda

      1/4 tsp. salt

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      Shape into 1" balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place 2" apart on cookie sheet. Press 5 peanut halves on top in a star pattern, or crisscross with fork tines. Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on pan then remove to cooling rack. Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies.

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