Turtle Tassies

Sometimes when I get an idea in my head, I just can’t get it out no matter what. That’s what happened with these little turtle tassies. I decided to make these for a work potluck, despite the following unfortunate occurrences: 1. I did not own a mini-muffin pan. 2. I live a mile away from the mini-muffin-pan-selling store. 3. During my only opportunity to go to the mini-muffin-pan-selling store, it began to pour. 4. I do not own a car. Can you believe these got made?

Well they did. And they were awesome. And so cute! This is the kind of thing that looks so fancy and time-consuming even though it’s made with a mix. There’s something so gratifying about making something that looks beautiful.

TURTLE TASSIES (slightly adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

1 bag Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
Butter and egg as needed for the mix
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14-ounce) bag caramels, unwrapped
1-2 tbsp whipping cream
1/2 cup chopped pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Make dough according to package directions. Make 36 (1-inch) balls, pressing each ball into the bottom of each mini muffin cup. Press the dough up the sides of each cup (this doesn’t have to be perfect). Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges just start to brown.
  2. Meanwhile, place unwrapped caramels and whipping cream in small saucepan and heat until melted. Once caramel is smooth and melted, turn heat down as low as possible.
  3. Remove muffin pans from oven. Immediately place 5-6 chocolate chips into each muffin cup, pressing them down inside the dough. Bake 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Remove tassies from oven. Spoon about 1 tbsp of caramel into each cup and immediately top with pecans, pressing them down slightly. Cool for five minutes then remove with narrow spatula or a knife.

Look how cute!

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