Turtle Cookies

The original name of these cookies is Snappy Turtle cookies & is a Bake-Off© Classic, which we didn’t know. We thought Mom made up the recipe!

Process – Cream: ½ C butter, 1/2C brown sugar (packed)

Add: 1 egg + 1 egg yolk (save the egg white) & 1/4t vanilla (optional from original recipe 1/8t maple flavoring)

Sift & add: 1 ½ C flour, ¼ t baking soda, ¼ t salt

Roll 1t of dough into a ball. Dip bottom in egg white. Place 3 pieces of pecan into the bottom.

Bake: 12 – 15 minutes on greased baking sheet (I have a non-stick so could eliminate grease)     Frost when cool.

Frosting: Cream 2 T softened butter, 1 C of powdered sugar

Add: ¼ C cocoa,  2 T water, ½ t vanilla

Mix Well.

We three daughters of my mother, grew up thinking that this was our mother’s original recipe. I even entered into a bake-off a number of years ago using it. Last year, my older sister shared an article with me that showed the originator of the recipe and told her story. The original name of the cookies was Snappy Turtle Cookies by Beatrice Harlib of Chicago, Illinois. She was the 1952 Grand Prize winner of the Bake-Off© contest #4. It has now earned the title of Bake-Off© Contest classic. What a hoot to learn the history of this favorite cookie of ours.  Beatrice used a different frosting. Here is the original frosting: 1/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips, 3 T milk, 1 T margarine or butter, 1 C powdered sugar. Melt the chips with the butter & milk. Remove from heat, add powdered sugar. Mix well.  We can’t tell mom about this, as she doesn’t have the mental capacity to remember where she got the recipe, or appreciate this story.


About mim4mail

If I'd have known I'd be using this as my recipe blog, I'd have chosen a different name. Oh well. Bon Apetit! Artist, Wife, and Mother to 2 grown offspring, reader, learner, traveler, letter writer, member of IUOMA, The Letter Writers Alliance, and The League of Space Pirates, and other leagues, alliances, and associations.
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