Pecan Covered Salted Caramel Filled Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Turtle cookies are salted caramel filled chocolate cookies coating in nutty, decadent pecans. Yum!




  • 120g / 4,2 oz assorted nuts of choice (I used walnuts, hazelnuts, and cashews)
  • 120g / 4,2 oz pitted dates
  • 4 tbsp oat flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • A hearty pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Around 30g / 1 oz rather finely chopped pecan nuts for coating the cookies*

Caramel sauce

  • 4 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice
  • 2 tbsp nut butter of choice
  • A hearty pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 150ºC / 300ºF and line one or two, depending on size, cookie trays by lining them with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor or powerful mixer, process the nuts until they become a nice flour texture. Add the dates, oat flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and vanilla and process until you get a nice moist dough. The dough should hold it shape very well and be moist, so if it’s too dry add a small splash of water and process further.
  3. Place the chopped pecan nuts on a plate and fill a small bowl with a little bit of water. Divide dough into 25 balls, around 10g /1/2 oz each. Press your thumb into the middle of a ball and create a nice well for the caramel, and dip the side of the dough ball in the water bowl, and then cover the wet side with chopped pecans, put on the baking tray and repeat for all the cookies.
  4. Prepare the caramel sauce simply by mixing together the liquid sweetener, nut butter, salt, and vanilla in a small bowl. Divide the caramel sauce and fill all the cookies’ “wells” to two thirds. Bake for 14-17 minutes. If the caramel in the cookies has sunken down and you have some left over caramel sauce, fill up the cookies and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!


*You can of course swap out the pecans for some other nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts. As a Swede, I know how ridiculously expensive pecans can be.

Keywords: Turtle cookies, pecan, chocolate, Vegan, whole grain, whole food based, refined sugar-, gluten-, oil-free, healthy

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