Pumpkin Turtle Cookies

Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy.

Pumpkin Turtle Cookies are soft and gooey cookies with a nutty pecan crunch. Your favorite chocolate candy dressed up into a pumpkin cookie for the holidays. One of my favorite easy pumpkin recipes!

Your favorite chocolate candy turned into a pumpkin cookie. Pumpkin Turtle Cookies are soft and gooey with a nutty crunch.

Pumpkin Turtle Cookies

I love mornings.

Morning is my prime time for getting my to-do list done. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m a morning person in the sense that I wake up smiley and ready to take on the world. But I do like to wake up early so that I feel like I have a head start on the day before the kids shining faces appear. And I am definitely not a night person. You’ll often find me ready for bed at 8pm.

We’re party animals, aren’t we?

So since the world likes to group people under labels, I guess I’ll be a morning person.

bite sized pumpkin turtle cookies

It never fails that I want to bake in the morning. Every morning.


Many times I have to say no to that desire since schooling the kids takes priority. Sometimes, though, I  have enough caffeine running through my veins that I feel like I can throw together a quick recipe in between teaching the kids.

That’s how these little pumpkin turtle cookies were made. I created them in under 30 minutes, from start to finish, running up and down the stairs to the school room in between, holding my breath that there wouldn’t be any major problems while I was out of the room.

candy dish filled with Rolo candies

This recipe for pumpkin turtle cookies has been dancing around in my head for several weeks. Pumpkin, caramel, chocolate and pecans…all in a bite-size cookie. Don’t your dreams look like this, too? If they don’t, they totally should.

I started with my classic pumpkin cookie recipe, used a mini cookie scoop to put little dollops of batter in a mini muffin tin. Bake the cookies for just 7-8 minutes. The cookie ball should be soft to the touch. While the cookies are baking, unwrap 36 Rolo chocolate candies.

gooey caramel stuffed pumpkin turtle cookies

As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, turn the oven off. You’ll press one of those Rolos in each of the soft cookies, then return the pan to the oven for just 1 minute so the chocolate melts a bit.

The last step is pressing a pecan half into the melted chocolate.

Let the pumpkin turtle cookies sit in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack to allow the chocolate to set completely.

pumpkin cookies stuffed with Rolo candies and walnuts

You’ll see some of the cookies sitting in little mini cupcake wrappers. I put the cookies in the wrappers after baking just for presentation. They fit perfectly inside and would make a great gift for a teacher or friend.

I think you’ll love these pumpkin turtle cookies. They’re a pumpkin, chocolate, caramel triple threat!

pumpkin turtle cookies with one broken in half
pumpkin turtle cookies with one broken in half

Pumpkin Turtle Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Your favorite chocolate candy dressed up into a pumpkin cookie for the holidays. Pumpkin Turtle Cookies are soft and gooey with a nutty pecan crunch. 
Servings 36
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Email Me This Recipe!
Enter your email and get the recipe sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week.



  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium size bowl, cream together the sugars and butter. Add the pumpkin and mix well. Add in all of the spices, then the flour. Mix well.
  • Use a mini cookie scoop to place a ball of cookie dough into mini muffin pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. You should get about 36 cookies.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes. The cookie dough will be puffy and soft to the touch. Turn off the oven, remove the cookies and immediately press a Rolo in the center of each cookie.
  • Return the pan to the oven for just 1 minute.
  • Remove the pan once again and press a pecan half into the soft chocolate.
  • Allow the cookies to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.



Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 142
Keyword caramel, easy cookies, easy thanksgiving dessert, pumpkin cookies, stuffed cookies

photo of caramel stuffed pumpkin turtle cookies

About JulieJulie Clark

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

Get 5 Classic Recipes with a Deliciously Secret Twist

You might also like

Join the Discussion

5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

8 years ago

Can these cookies be made ahead and frozen?

8 years ago

These cookies look awesome. Love the pictures too.
I will have to try these.