Turtle cookies

Turtle Cookies

Last night, the Hubs and I went to go see “The World’s End” with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. We are both pretty big fans of “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead”, {although undoubtedly he is a bigger fan than I} so this was a total no brainer. We decided to go to my favorite movie theatre in town because Terrapin Beer Co. was there hosting a beer tasting for opening night of the film.

We made sure to show up early so that we could see for ourselves what Terrapin Beer Co. had to offer. They are based out of Athens, Georgia and up until now, I had just barely heard of them. But by the time our theatre was being seated, we were huge fans. They had 4 very different types of beer for the tasting: Rye Pale Ale, which is their original, signature taste, the Hopsecutioner IPA, brewed with six different hops, the Tree Hugger, which is more of your amber ale, and my favorite, Pumpkin Fest, their seasonal and perfectly balanced pumpkin ale.

So we ordered our favorite brews, mine with a sweet, brown-sugared rim around the glass, and sat down at our table and lounge chairs….yes, lounge chairs, and happily waited for the movie to start. At one point, one of the ushers came in and announced they would be holding a trivia contest focusing on the Cornetto Trilogy. They had “The World’s End” posters and T-shirts to giveaway and so I told the Hubs I just had to have one. Thanks to his mad trivia skills, he was able to win me both. If you are at all a Simon Pegg fan or into SciFi or enjoy a little British humor, then you must go see “The World’s End”. It is totally worth it.

After the movie, my excitement for Terrapin Beer Co. got me thinking…

You have all heard of turtle brownies, right?

Ooey, gooey brownies filled with nuts and caramel?

Well I decided that to celebrate my new found love for Terrapin Beer Co., a batch or two of Turtle Cookies were in order.Turtle Cookies

Terrapin actually means turtle, so I thought these cookies were only fitting.

Turtle Cookies

So I took my old fashioned recipe for the ordinary chocolate chip cookie and razzle, dazzled it up with chopped pecans, fleur de sel, and my homemade Salted Caramel Sauce.

Turtle Cookies

Turtle Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup {2 sticks} butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • Salted Caramel Sauce
  • fleur de sel, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line your cookie sheet with a silapat or parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In your stand mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar on medium speed.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well until incorporated.
  5. Add vanilla extract and paste.
  6. On low speed, gradually beat in your flour mixture, a little at a time.
  7. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips and your chopped pecans.
  8. Drop rounded tablespoon dollops onto ungreased baking sheet.
  9. Use the additional 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to sprinkle the tops of the cookie dough.
  10. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. When cool, drizzle Salted Caramel Sauce and dust with fleur de sel.
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Turtle Cookies