Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Over the past few years, our family has had the tradition of the Blessing Basket. There are times that we are better about remembering to do it than others, but every night before bed, we each write down on slips of paper something we are grateful for that day and then place the papers in a basket. I just spent a good half hour reading through a bunch of them, and reminiscing. Here are a few.
  • I'm  am glad our family can play card games together.
  • I'm glad we have a really beautiful final memory of Grandma Lu.
  • I am thankful for my friends, the stars, and for Halloween.
  • I'm thankful for kids who make me laugh.
  • I'm thankful I could take a long nap today.
  • I'm grateful to live in a land where I can vote and not be afraid to voice my opinion.
  • I'm thankful I didn't puke today.
  • I'm thankful I can read and enjoy great books, and I'm thankful for the people who wrote them.
  • I'm thankful for my cat, Chester, and my friends, Sebi and Jeffrey.
  • I'm thankful for Jesus and his example for me.
This week, we changed the Blessing Basket to a Service Basket. I got the idea from a talk by President Monson titled "What Have I Done for Someone Today?". For the next little while, each family member will write down every night something he/she has done for someone else.

Here is where this recipe for chocolate turtle cookies comes in. I thought I'd make some cookies to welcome a new family to the neighborhood for my act of service. And of course, I'd make enough for my family to enjoy as well.

I haven't had these cookies for a long time. My mom made them when I was young, and I loved them. They're really easy to make, and kids love to help out because it's like making little chocolate waffles.

So, if you want to do a good deed and put a smile on someone's face, make a batch of these.

Here they are before the frosting. Another great idea would
be to serve them like this with ice cream and hot fudge sauce.
The finished turtles. What a fun cookie!

Chocolate Turtle Cookies


  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsps. vanilla
Melt butter and mix in cocoa. Combine the remaining ingredients and add in the cocoa mixture. Mix well. Drop by small amounts onto a heated waffle iron. Bake for 1-2 minutes depending on waffle iron. Remove and cool. Frost with chocolate frosting (see recipe below) and add a walnut or pecan half.    

Curtis' Cocoa Butter Frosting


  • 8 Tbsps. Butter
  • 6 Tbsps. cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 ½ tsps. vanilla
  • 4 ½ to 4 ¾ cups powdered sugar
Mix melted butter and cocoa powder in a bowl or stand mixer. Mix in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Once all sugar is incorporated, mix on high for 30 seconds.


  1. Oh wow, Curtis, those look fantastic. And cute too. :) I'll have to make them sometime.

    Have you ever considered adding caramel to them somehow, (I'm thinking a bit of homemade caramel sauce drizzled on top of the frosting under the pecan?) so you get both the turtle candy flavor and the look of a turtle too? Or would that be too much? I dunno if that would make them too rich... I guess I should make them so I know...

  2. I'm totally going to have to stop reading this here blog. We made the banana fudge muffins on Sunday and LOVED them. Too many great recipes.

  3. Lisa--I've always thought about adding caramel, but whenever I think about making them, I don't have any on hand and am too lazy to go to the store. If you try it before I do, let me know how it turned out.

    Paige--I sometimes think I need to stop posting to this blog. I tend to more than sample all I make. It's not helping that gut go away at all.

  4. I totally forgot about these!! We'll have to make them when we get back from Carpinteria. (The girls are in Alaska right now with their Grandmother and Aunt so if I made them now I would move like a turtle because I would eat them all!)

  5. I love the idea of serving them with ice-cream and hot fudge sauce. What a fun way to use my waffle iron (which I got from Sebi's grandfather, by the way).


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