Turtle Shortbread Rounds

Turtle Shortbread Rounds (A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll)


Ingredients: 


For the cookies:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

1/8 teaspoon salt


For the topping:

1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)

2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 bag Kraft caramels

1 cup milk chocolate chips

approximately 70 pecan halves


Directions: 


1. Beat the butter well. Add in the remaining ingredients until a dough is formed without lumps. Refrigerate the dough for approximately half an hour. 


2. Scrape the dough out onto a work surface and separate into two sections. Roll each section into a log approximately 1 inch in diameter. Flatten the ends of the log and wrap each log in wax paper Refrigerate at least a half hour or until you are ready to bake. 


3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Slice logs into 3/16 of an inch thick and lay out on an ungreased cookie sheet pan. Bake until they are lightly golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and make a small well in the center of each cookie. (You can do this using the end of a wooden spoon.) Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet pan for 5 minutes. Then, place them on a wax paper covered surface. 


4. Meanwhile, in a small pot over a medium heat, melt the butter and mix in the milk, salt, and caramels, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Spoon the caramel into the well of the cookies, allowing the caramel to slightly mound.


5. Lightly press a pecan halve into the center of each cookie. 


6. Melt the chocolate and pour into the corner of a freezer bag. Snip the end and drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. 


Store the cookies in a cool dry place or in the refrigerator. 

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