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Turtle Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate, caramel and nuts create the classic turtle flavors that are anything but slow in leaving a serving tray.
Makes 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter or stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
24 caramels
1 (6-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
2 teaspoons shortening
1 cup chopped pecans
6 dozen pecan halves

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350ºF.
In large bowl, mix butter, sugar and almond extract.
Stir in flour and salt.
(If dough is crumbly, mix in 1 to 2 Tablespoons additional softened butter or stick margarine.)
Divide dough into 12 equal parts.
Roll each part into 1/4-inch thick circle.
(If dough is sticky, chill about 15 minutes.)
Cut each circle into 6 wedges.
Place wedges 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set.
Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat caramels over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until melted.
In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High 1 to 3 minutes, stirring halfway through heating time, until melted and thin enough to drizzle.
Dip 2 straight edges of each cookie into melted caramel, then into chopped pecans.
(If caramel thickens, add up to 1 teaspoon water and heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramel softens.)
Place a dot of melted chocolate on top of each cookie; place pecan half on chocolate.
Drizzle remaining chocolate on tops of cookies.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) No change.


Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 50mg; Total Carbohydrate 11g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 4g); Protein 1g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2%
Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Did You Know
Shortbread comes from Scotland and was originally made as a large round cake with notched “spokes” radiating from the center to symbolize the rays of the sun. In the eighteenth century, the triangular wedges were called “petticoat tails.”
Substitution: Milk chocolate chips can be used for the semisweet chocolate chips.
Substitution: Use vanilla extract for the almond extract for a slightly different flavor.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills All Rights Reserved

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