McKenzie's Turtle Cookies

Pat Duran


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!


★★★★★ 4 votes

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



  • 3/4 c
    butter, unsalted at room temperature
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 large
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract + add 1/2 teas. maple extract, if desired
  • 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 + a dab of maple extract, if desired
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar

How to Make McKenzie's Turtle Cookies


  1. 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.
  2. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients -then add them to the butter mixture. Beat well to combine.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes- until browned at the edges, remove from oven and cool on wire rack before frosting.
  6. 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.

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About McKenzie's Turtle Cookies

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

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