Chocolate Turtle Cookies

PointsPlus value:  3

These cookies are reminiscent of those famous caramel-and-chocolate turtle candies but with one catch: They contain almost as much flavor but much less fat.

Yield/Serves: 24





1 cup all-purpose flour

cup unsweetened cocoa

2/3 cup sugar

cup reduced-calorie margarine

cup fat-free cream cheese

1 large egg white(s)

2 Tbsp fat-free milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

24 piece caramel candies

24 pieces pecan halves



Combine flour and cocoa in a small bowl; set aside. Beat together sugar, margarine, cream cheese, egg white, milk, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; add flour mixture and blend well. Chill dough at least 30 minutes, or until firm.


Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.


Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on baking sheets about 1 to 2 inches apart. Press a caramel into each cookie and flatten; top each caramel with a pecan half. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.




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