No Bake Turtle Cookies Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies

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These No Bake Turtle Cookies start with chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies topped with thick caramel, pecans, and a drizzle of chocolate! Perfect for Christmas baking. Includes step by step recipe video.

no bake turtle cookies on a wire cooling rack with caramel and pecan half

I love a good mash-up, you guys. I also love easy holiday treats that look like you spent a lot of time of them (because who actually has a lot of extra time around the holidays??). Enter these No Bake Turtle Cookies.

There are times, I’ll admit, when I come up with a recipe idea and I ask myself, “but, is it too much?”

I tell myself, “yes,” and then make it anyway.

Now, there is nothing wrong with a simple chocolate no-bake cookie. No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are one of the best classic cookie recipes. But ever since the popularity of my Mint Chocolate No Bake Cookies, I’ve been dreaming up other ways to get creative with them.

This one was a no-brainer. Turtle cookies?? Obviously!

6 no bake turtle cookies on a wire cooling rack with parchment underneath

They are crunchy, chewy, chocolatey-caramel perfection. And they are way too easy for their own good!

And since I know how much you all love Turtle everything (like Turtle Pumpkin Pie, Turtle Pudding Pies, or Peanut Butter Turtle Thumbprint Cookies), I knew you wouldn’t opposed.

It’s important for the recipe that you use a dulce de leche or very, very thick caramel (like the super easy recipe included!). If you use a caramel sauce, it will slide off and be very messy! One thing we’re not into here is fork-and-knife cookies.

close up image of no bake turtle cookies with caramel pecans and chocolate drizzle

When you’re forming the cookies, you ideally want them pretty flat so that it’s easy to spread with caramel and the pecan won’t slide off the top. If you have time to make a slight indentation before the cookies firm up, that’s not a bad idea either!

I made sure the cookie base set up nice and firm so that it wouldn’t be a complete mess in your hands. I used quick oats, just because that’s what I had, but I don’t think using large oats would change much except that you will have even more texture in your cookies.

*To make the Dulce de Leche:

image of thick dulce de leche straight out of the can of sweetened condensed milk

Remove the label from one or more cans of sweetened condensed milk and place in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 hours, making sure the can is completely covered with water the entire time. Remove from the water and let cool completely before using.

You can make as many as you want and store the unopened cans in the cupboard until ready to use! It’s a great thing to make ahead and will give you a nice, thick caramel as pictured.

Watch the recipe video and see how easy they are to make!

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No-Bake Turtle Cookies

4.88 from 8 votes
No-Bake Turtle Cookies: Perfect chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies topped with thick caramel, pecans, and a drizzle of chocolate! Taking no-bake cookies to the next level ?
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 214cal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups oats I used quick
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup dulce de leche see recipe in post
  • 24 pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp milk


  • Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and set aside.
  • In a large pot, combine butter, sugar, cocoa, milk, salt and vanilla. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, whisking often. Boil 1 minute, and then add oats and coconut to the pot and stir until combined.
  • Drop by tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets and flatten the tops slightly. Allow to cool and set (you can speed this up in the refrigerator or freezer).
  • Once set, spread each cookie with a spoonful of dulce de leche and top with a pecan half.
  • Melt together chopped chocolate and milk and stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies and allow to set at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Store cookies in the refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 214cal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! Just finished the last cookies – they are SO good! Had some dulce de leche left so I made brownies. Threw in chocolate chips and walnuts. Dolloped the caramel on top and swirled it through. They are in the oven as I type! You have so many creative ideas – it’s nice to”converse” with you!

  2. marcie says

    Ashley, these cookies look off the charts delicious! Turtle desserts are some of my favorites — I definitely need to try these! 🙂

  3. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! OMG! These are the best no bake cookies I have ever had! The cookies, even before the caramel, pecan and chocolate drizzle, are wonderful! I used my small cookie scoop and ended up with thirty 2″ cookies. Definitely a “keeper”! 🙂

  4. Danielle says

    No-bake cookies are one of my favorite things ever! I always just make them plain, but these are genius! I know what I’ll be doing next time I make a batch 😉

  5. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! Perfect timing! I haven’t made cookies lately (too busy eating cake) and I have all these ingredients on hand. I always have dulce de leche on hand – did you know you can make it in the crockpot – no watching to make sure there’s enough water! 🙂

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha, too much cake is an okay problem to have! I have seen the slow cooker instructions but I’ve never actually tried it — I’ll definitely have to next time!

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