Recipe from Martha White
Hi friends! Sorry if it seems like things have been a bit slow around here. I think I am finally caught up from our trip to DC. I considered documenting the trip in food for a post, but it was all so good I just dove right in all the time! I will say that we visited both Sprinkles and Georgetown Cupcake, and quite conveniently they are located just a few blocks from each other. The consensus of the group was that the customer service was better at Sprinkles, but the cupcakes were better at Georgetown Cupcake. If you’re ever in the DC area I would recommend checking out both (one can never sample too many cupcakes)!
Now onto these cookies. They were a request from my mom (and by request I mean she tore the recipe out of a magazine and was nice enough to bring it to me along with all of the ingredients). Unlike many bakers, I didn’t learn any of my baking skills from my mom. She’s an amazing cook, but hates to bake. She does, however, like to eat baked goods. These are one of her favorites, along with this cake. Her ultimate favorite is anything “turtle”, meaning the combination of chocolate, caramel and pecans. These cookies have got to be the ultimate “turtle” cookie in my book. This combination usually doesn’t do a whole lot for me, but even I thought these cookies were delicious (especially right out of the oven)! I feel the need to warn you, however, that they are quite rich. One is certainly enough!
I have made cookies from a cake mix before, but never from a muffin mix. You should be able to find the Martha White mix in most grocery stores. If not, you could probably substitute with any other chocolate chip muffin mix as well. Enjoy!
Turtle Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies
5 oz unsweetened chocolate
¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 packages Martha White chocolate chip muffin mix
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup chopped pecans
48 chocolate-covered caramel candies (Werther’s or Rolo’s)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a glass bowl microwave chocolate and butter until melted. Stir together until smooth. Stir in condensed milk, then add muffin mix. Mixture will be thick. Roll into small balls and dip one side into chopped nuts. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet with nut side up. Bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until edges start to look crinkled. Immediately press a candy into the center of each cookie and press down slightly. Once all cookies have a candy on top, go back and press each candy further into the cookie, allowing the chocolate to melt more. Cool completely before removing from cookie sheet.