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Snappy Turtle Cookies

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.


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


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


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.


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