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Snappy Turtle Cookies

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This recipe was the grand prize winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 1952
Snappy Turtle Cookies

Courtesy of Pillsbury

Snappy Turtle Cookies

Enjoy these turtle shaped cookies, frosted with chocolate – a tasty dessert treat!

This recipe was the grand prize winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 1952.

Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.

Every other winning recipe from the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 1/2 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/4 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 Teaspoon imitation maple flavor, if desired
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 1/2 Cup all purpose or unbleached flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup pecan halves, split lengthwise

Frosting:

  • 1/3 Cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar

Directions

For the Cookies:

In large bowl, combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup margarine; beat until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla, maple flavor, 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk; beat well.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.

Stir in flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.

Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate about 1 hour for easier handling.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease cookie sheets.

Arrange pecan pieces in groups of 5 on greased cookie sheets to resemble head and legs of turtle.

In small bowl, beat egg white.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.

Dip bottoms in beaten egg white; press lightly onto pecans. (Tips of pecans should show).

Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.

Frosting:

In small saucepan, combine chocolate chips, milk and 1 tablespoon margarine; cook over low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth.

Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar.

If necessary, add additional powdered sugar for desired spreading consistency.

Frost cooled cookies.

Let frosting set before storing.

Store in tightly covered container