Nicole Cleghorn, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., was one of the 10 winners of last year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with these white chocolate turtle cookies:
"The holidays are about spending time with the ones you love. For me, my favorite thing is to make sure that the ones I love are enjoying the sweet treats I love to bake during the month of December. This cookie recipe is a perfect combination of so many of our favorites: white chocolate, caramel, pecans, cinnamon and a sweet, dark chocolate dough. These tender cookies host a creamy surprise center around a Rolo candy — my very favorite as a young girl!"
White chocolate turtle cookies are one of the favorite holiday cookie recipes we've collected in our updated "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies" e-book. The cookbook now includes 65 recipes from a wide range of sources including world-famous pastry chefs, favorite bakeries and home cooks. And check out the favorite holiday recipes we've collected in our "Los Angeles Times Holiday Handbook." The book shares more than 110 seasonal recipes to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's.
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Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes plus cooling time
Servings: Makes 4 dozen cookies
Note: Adapted from a recipe by Nicole Cleghorn.
2 1/2 cups (11 ounces) flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
1 cup light brown sugar