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Are you looking for a fantastic Oatmeal Cookie?  If so, I am excited you have landed on these amazing Oatmeal Turtle Cookies.

How To Make The Most Outstanding Oatmeal Turtle Cookies

These oatmeal turtle cookies are soft chewy and loaded with gooey turtles. 

How To Make The Most Outstanding Oatmeal Turtle Cookies

These oatmeal turtle cookies were inspired by one of my favorite candies, turtles.  You can often find me exploring the candy aisle for new products.  I am always looking for something special to use when baking.  It is no secret I love candy, especially anything made with chocolate caramel and pecans.


Imagine 50-year-old women doing a “Happy Dance” over a bag of mini Turtles in the middle of Walmart.  For a moment, I forgot where I was.  After thinking about it, it did not bother me.  After all, I was in Walmart and you know we have both seen much worse.  I have always loved gooey, chewy turtles with caramel and chocolate, and my favorite nut, pecans.  I got excited.  Can you relate?

I want to stop here to let you know this is not a paid post.   Turtles and oatmeal cookies are my favorite things.  So, I was thrilled how these Oatmeal Turtle cookies came out.

I love making oatmeal cookies loaded with all sorts of things, including:

I knew these mini turtles would be terrific in Oatmeal Turtle cookies and could not wait to give them a try.

A few years ago, I received Susan Mallory’s cookbook called Fool’s Gold.  I fell in love with this cookbook and had to try her Oatmeal Cookies.  They turned out to be one of the best oatmeal cookies I had ever had.  They were so soft on the inside but had a slight crunch on the outside.  These cookies were also chewy crunchy and delicious.  Since reviewing Fool’s Gold Cookbook, I have used Susan Mallory’s basic Oatmeal cookie recipe to make all the above oatmeal cookies, including these Oatmeal Turtle Cookies.

How To Make The Most Outstanding Oatmeal Turtle Cookies

Baking Cookie Tips

  • Use butter and eggs at room temperature.  You should be able to leave a fingerprint quickly in the butter.
  • Whip the butter, shortening, and sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Do not over mix the flour!
  • Mix in the dry ingredients just until you do not see any dry ingredients, and everything is incorporated.
  • Use parchment paper – I love parchment paper when baking.  Once you remove the cookies from the oven, slide the parchment paper off the baking sheet with the cookies still on it.  This will allow them to cool.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough at least 20 minutes before baking. 
  • Use an ice cream scoop when scooping out your cookies.  This way, they will all be the same size and will bake evenly.

Freezing Cookie Dough

  • Scoop the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  You can put the cookies closer together on the baking sheet when freezing them than when you are baking them.  If you scoop the cookie dough out first and then freeze it, you do not have a problem with the dough being as hard as a rock, and you cannot scoop it out of a container.  After scooping out the cookie dough, place the baking pan in the freezer until the cookies are frozen.  Place frozen cookies into large freezer zip lock bags and store in the freezer.  This helps the cookies when baking.  The cookies do not spread out so much.  Also, you will have cookies on hand in case of an emergency.
  • Do not overcook your cookies.  Once you remove the cookies from the oven, they will continue to bake.

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How To Make The Most Outstanding Oatmeal Turtle Cookies
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How To Make The Most Outstanding Oatmeal Turtle Cookies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best dessert, chocolate chip cookies, cookies, turtle cookies
Calories: 2671kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • And 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Plus 1 – 1/4 cups rolled oats (traditional or old fashioned oats) not quick-cooking
  • 1 five ounce bag Turtle Minis unwrapped turtles
  • 1 cup pecans chopped


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high-speed, cream the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • Mix in dry ingredients; just until blended.
  • Fold in oats, turtles, and pecans.
  • CHILL THE DOUGH for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Drop cookies using a large ice cream scoop onto the baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake 15 minutes until the edges are golden but still wet looking in the middle.
  • Cool on a wire rack.


Calories: 2671kcal | Carbohydrates: 275g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 170g | Saturated Fat: 67g | Cholesterol: 408mg | Sodium: 1264mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 168g | Vitamin A: 3129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 10mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey Diane,

    I just came across your blog and found you have so many interesting recipes!

    I have made many kinds of oatmeal cookies but certainly not turtle-style 🙂 Will be making these oatmeal turtle cookies very soon. Thanks for the share Diane!


  2. I absolutely love oatmeal cookies and are still my favorite type of cookie since I was a kid. So definitely going to have to try your version of them the next time I make them here now. Thanks Diane for sharing with us!! 🙂

    • Hey Janine,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to see my oatmeal turtle cookies. They are one of my favorite cookies. I hope you get a change to make them one day.

      Many many blessings for your support as always!


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