McKenzie's Turtle Cookies

Pat Duran Recipe

By Pat Duran kitchenchatter

about 2 to 3 dozen(depending on size of ball)
10 Min
10 Min

This recipe was one of many McKenzie's Pastry Shoppes recipes in New Orleans that was thought to be lost forever- because the bakery closed it's doors forever-due to bankruptcy in 2001 (Katrina Hurricane)-- but fear not many of the recipes have been resurrected through a "Cooking Up a Storm" cookbook and "Exchange Alley" where folks traded lost and found recipes.
Cajun Chef Ryan has brought this recipe back to life!
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
I have given a quick version of this recipe too!

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3/4 c
butter, unsalted at room temperature
1 c
granulated sugar
1 large
2 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 3/4 c
all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
1/2 lb
whole pecans
4 Tbsp
2 oz
unsweetened chocolate (2 squares)
1/3 c
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
3 c
powdered sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350^.
In the large mixer bowl. beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla and mix well.
In another bowl, combine dry ingredients -then add them to the butter mixture. Beat well to combine.
Place 3 pecans close together in a star-like form, on an ungreased cookie sheet and then scoop 1-Tablespoon of the cookie dough on top of the pecans. Make sure cookies are at least 1 1/2 inches apart and continue to make cookies until all dough is used up.
Quicker version:
In place of making the dough above. Use one refrigerated roll of sugar cookie dough. Scoop or pinch off 1 Tablespoon of dough for each cookie-roll into a ball-place on on pecans. Press onto nuts slightly. Proceed the same with remaining dough.
Bake for 12-15 minutes- until browned at the edges, remove from oven and cool on wire rack before frosting.
In a small saucepan over low heat combine butter,chocolate and milk. Stir --it will begin to look curdled, that's ok.
Pour chocolate frosting into mixing bowl and let cool to room temperature.
Add vanilla, then gradually add the powdered sugar; beat until smooth and thick.
Top each cookie with a dollop of frosting, using a star tip and pastry bag ,if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: French

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Oct 22, 2012 - Pat Duran shared this recipe with discussion groups: Cookies,Cookies,Cookies! Kitchen Chatter Recipes
Laura Spencer-Whitacre fuddnbubbles
Oct 22, 2012
Hi Pat. Yum. that about covers it. :)
just finished biscotti baking for the day. new flavor, caramel apple. my oh my. they did turn out good. have a wonderful week. loves. laura xoxo
Oct 22, 2012 - belinda poole shared this recipe with discussion group: Sweet Treats
ginger skaggs mamagin
Oct 22, 2012
These look yummy. New Christmas cookie!
Oct 22, 2012 - Laura Spencer-Whitacre shared this recipe with discussion group: Tea with Laura
Toni T Toni6921
Oct 22, 2012
Pat, these do look good. I'm collecting recipes for Christmas cookies now. Thanks, for sharing.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Oct 22, 2012
Thank you Toni,Laura, Ginger and Belinda-Hope you enjoy these little tidbits- You might want to leave a few for Santa, too! LOL Hugs,Pat
Mary R Morris photosister
Oct 22, 2012
OH Pat this in my husband favorite cookie,the day after our wedding ,I sliped out while he was still asleep ,and brougt him a dozen..When we went back to New Orleans after Katrina,they had closed ...They all so had the most wonderful Wine Cakes.....Thank you again Pat ,I honestly have tears in my eyes when I read this...God Bless....
Toni T Toni6921
Oct 22, 2012
Mary, you have to take a picture of the Rev, eating one of his favorite cookies, and giving the "thumbs up" sign.
Mary R Morris photosister
Oct 22, 2012
I just went to Barnes and Nobel and order the Cooking up a Storm cook book ,they did not seem to have the Exchange Alley Cook book...After the Hurricane a lot of my old friend had me send them some recipes ,that we had all swaped around ,thru the years....I still have my copys of the original River Road Cook book 1 and 2....How heart breaking to have lost all your recipes....I sure will post a photo,he still sometimess talks about those cookies....
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Oct 22, 2012
Thank you Mary I hope these taste as good as he remembers- I'll be waiting for his thumbs up!
Oct 23, 2012 - Bea L. shared this recipe with discussion group: CHATTERBOX
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Oct 24, 2012
Thanks for sharing Melanie,Hugs girlfriend.