Peanut Butter Turtle Thumbprint Cookies



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These Peanut Butter Turtle Thumbprint Cookies are a new twist on a classic Christmas cookie-with a peanut butter cookie base, a simple caramel filling, a drizzle of chocolate and a sprinkling of peanuts,they’re sure to be a new holiday tradition.!!

You’ll Need:

•1 Cup peanut butter.
•1/2 Cup butter, room temperature.
•1/2 Cup brown sugar, lightly packed.
•1/3 Cup granulated sugar.
•1 Egg.
•1 Teaspoon vanilla.
•1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour [fluffed, scooped and leveled.]
•1/2 Teaspoon baking soda.
•1/2 Teaspoon salt.

•15 chewy caramel candies, unwrapped [about 115 grams.]
•3 tablespoons milk.
•1/2 cup chocolate, chopped [about 75 grams.]
•1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts.

How to Make:

-Preheat oven to 350°F and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.(Set aside.)
-In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, and sugars and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
-Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
-Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined-you may have to do this with a spoon or your hands.
-Roll into 1″ balls and place about 2″,apart on baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10mins (I bake mine for 9) until puffed and dry looking on top. After removing from the oven, use the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to make an indent in the center of each cookie. Set aside to cool completely.
-In a small pot, combine caramels and milk over low heat.Cook, stirring regularly, until melted and smooth. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon into the center of each cookie.
-In another small pot, heat 1″,of water over medium heat until simmering. Place a glass bowl over top, ensuring that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water [you are making a double boiler]. Place chocolate in the glass bowl and heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.
-Pour chocolate into a plastic bag and snip one of the corners.Drizzle chocolate over cookies and immediately sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
-Let set until chocolate is set before storing in an air tight container on the counter for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 to 4months.
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Peanut Butter Turtle Thumbprint Cookies