Turtle Cookies with Chocolate Frosting

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I think that my mother may have been a little distracted when she wrote this recipe. The vanilla is added to the cookie dough twice, and she forgot to include a baking temperature! There are times when I wish that I could ask the authors of these family recipes what to do. I am, however, thankful that their instruction gave me the skills to solve such dilemmas.

These cookies are extremely rich and well-flavored; the brown sugar gives them an almost brandy-like undertone. They are “turtle” in flavor, if not particularly terrapinal in appearance. Every time is a good time to enjoy cookies, but for those seeking justification, serve these as an accompaniment to morning coffee, evening cocoa, or afternoon tea.

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • Approximately 1 cup pecan or walnut halves

Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

For the Cookies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, water, and vanilla extract.

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Stir in the flour, and mix well.

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On an ungreased baking sheet, place 1 inch balls of the cookie dough.

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Press a pecan or walnut half into the top of each dough ball.

Bake for 12-14 minutes. The cookies will not spread or “brown”, but the bottoms of the cookies will become a light golden brown.

Cool the cookies on a rack while preparing the frosting.

For the Frosting:

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Heat the butter and water in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted.

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Add the cocoa, and whisk until blended. Remove from heat.

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Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla.

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Top each of the cooled cookies with a spoonful of frosting.

Makes 20 cookies.

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