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Turtle Cookie Balls

Updated on June 21, 2014
Turtle Cookie Ball
Turtle Cookie Ball

Last year I started making cookie balls for the holidays. These cookies are easy to make and taste great too! The basic cookie recipe is very simple but the variations are only limited by your imagination. You can use most any kind of store bought cookie that can be crushed into fine crumbs. Last year I used vanilla wafers, Oreos, and ginger snaps.

Another variation that I really liked was substituting strawberry cream cheese for a delicious strawberry flavor to the cookie balls. For these balls I used white almond bark for coating and red sugar sprinkled on top.

My favorite of all the cookie balls I made last year was the one with caramel, nuts and chocolate. This cookie ball reminds me of a favorite candy "Turtles". It is so good it is hard to eat just one.


  • 2 1/3 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 3 Tablespoons caramel topping
  • 1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese (softened)
  • 6 squares Melted chocolate or almond bark
  • Pecans


  1. Mix the cookie crumbs, caramel topping and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and place them on a wax paper or parchment covered baking sheet. Freeze 10 minutes.
  2. Melt almond bark. (I did mine in the microwave starting with 60 seconds and then stirring. I added additional time as needed in 30 second increments.)
  3. Dip balls in chocolate or almond bark mixture and then return to baking sheet. (See instructions under the tip of using a plastic fork to see how I did this)
  4. Sprinkle chopped pecans on each cookie
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour
OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

A cookie scoop works great to keep your cookie balls uniform in size.

Wilton 415-2507 Mini Muffin Cups, 100 Count
Wilton 415-2507 Mini Muffin Cups, 100 Count

Mini muffin liners work great to display your cookie balls or give them as gifts.

Grasslands Road Deck the Halls Merry Christmas Christmas Tree with Star Shaped Cookie Plate
Grasslands Road Deck the Halls Merry Christmas Christmas Tree with Star Shaped Cookie Plate

This tree platter is perfect for displaying your cookie balls for guests.


Have you ever made cookie balls? Please share your favorite kind.

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    • fibonacci1123 profile image

      fibonacci1123 3 years ago

      No, but they look amazing!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      No, I have never made cookie balls. These turtle cookie ball looks so very good. Nice photo, too!

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      You should sell those! I would order some. No wait, be good!

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      Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      i really used to love this turtle chocolate ball when i was a kid, too bad i couldnt get much of it, but when i will get married, my wife will make it for me,

      thank you for sharing with us the ingredients of this delicious cake

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      heywheresperry 3 years ago

      Great idea.

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      sirteacup 3 years ago

      Oh wow, I loved Turtles so this is right up my alley. I'm definitely going to have to make them with some supervision so that I don't eat the lot by myself though! Thanks for the lens

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      jeffersuan 3 years ago

      Looks great! My grandma used to make Peanut Butter Balls for Christmas. Delicious.

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      AuntyMN 3 years ago

      Wow, that looks yummy! I love baking cookies, but I have not done cookie balls like that.

      Thanks will try out when I have the ingredients.

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      queenofduvetcover 3 years ago

      mmmm....looks yummy and sounds so easy to make!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      You make it sound so easy! Excellent lens. Thank you!!!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Nothing says slow about these guys! They'd run out the door at my house! I shared your lens on our G+ page today!

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      TheHonestWebGuru 3 years ago

      These look DELICIOUS!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Yum! Can't wait to make (and eat) these!

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      this looks great,thanks for the idea

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      meloyelo 3 years ago

      Wow, sounds delicious!

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      And where is this tip for the fork? I love chocolate and caramel and would make these. Thanks for sharing.

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      di4422 3 years ago

      The cookies look and sound very good!! Thanks for sharing. My favorite cookies are chocolate chip with nuts, so the cookie balls you make that remind you of turtle candy sounds very delicious.

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      feelingadventurous 3 years ago

      These sound fabulous!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I would never be able to stop at one!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      These sound fabulous! I love making homemade candy boxes.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Wow this sounds really good!

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

      I can't wait to make these! yum!

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      patricia-jarrett-16 3 years ago

      they look amazing

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      ohcaroline 3 years ago

      They look really easy to make. I may have to try some.

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      karenfoster 3 years ago

      I would eat a tone of this stuff

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      nikahexplorer 3 years ago

      Your lens is delicious :)

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      debra-c-norris 3 years ago

      These sound and look yumbo. I must try them.

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      Shamim Rajabali 3 years ago from Texas

      These will make wonderful home made gifts for any occasion.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      This looks delicious -- I may give it a try with some gluten free shortbread cookies--do you think that would work? Thanks for sharing.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I like no-bake type dessert recipes. I think the strawberry cream cheese alternative sounds great, too.

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      lewisgirl 3 years ago

      These sound wonderful!

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      This looks great. I am pinning to my potluck/appetizer board. Thanks for making me hungry all a sudden!

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      TubbyTobster 3 years ago

      These look yummy, not too late to cook up a batch!

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      TheCozyDinosaur 4 years ago

      This sounds so much easier than I thought! I'm with you, I love turtles. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are going on my Christmas baking list. Yum!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I do love turtles type candies so I will be trying your turtle balls recipe for sure!

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      ElsieNew 4 years ago

      I have never made cookie balls but I am very interested in doing so. They would make wonderful gifts for various individuals at Christmas. I want to try your recipe. They look great!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Yes. This recipe looks good and easy to make. A fun family baking day for sure.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Have never made these before but will be giving them a try Thanks....

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      No, never made these before. They look quick and easy - always a plus for me and my mouth is watering already. Thanks.

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      Yes, I usually make them with a little bit of rum( or just rum sugar) and coconut flakes. So good :-)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Looks so simple to make, and so yummie to eat. I can almost feel the chocolate cracking, then melting in my mouth. Congratulations on your home page feature. Sweet in more ways than one, yes?

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      rileyautotransport 4 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Those look delicious. We used to make similar ones in our family...

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      I always make these from left over cookies and whatever cream cheese I can find from my fridge :D it is perfect little dessert. My favorite is orange cream cheese with dark chocolate topping.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've made ones with chocolate and bourbon. These sound delish too!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      The main picture alone was enough to grab my attention. These just maybe on the menu sometime soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not yet. But I like to try your delicious recipe :)

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      If you buy a cookie scoop, make sure you are getting a good one. I purchased one at a "dollar" type store and it broke after using it for only a month. Yes, I make lots of cookies, but NOT THAT many. You get what you pay for! The cookie scoop you have here looks like a good one. Your recipe sounds like one that I must try during the holidays that are right around the corner.

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      IreneL11 4 years ago

      Delicious! :)

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      My son loves "Turtles". I'll have to give this one a try for the holidays.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Since "Turtles" are my favorite candy, I know I will love these cookie balls. Thanks for the recipe!