Turtle Cookie Balls

Turtle Cookies Balls are super easy and delicious. A must for your cookie baking this holiday.

Turtle Cookie Balls couldn’t be cuter as a make-ahead holiday treat. Homemade gifts are the best, and these babies prove it!

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to think about the gift-giving season! I’m trying my very best to make sure I am ready this year by having lots of homemade treats on hand to give to my loved ones. Store-bought gifts are awesome, sure. (I’d never turn down some new candles from that smell-good place at the mall, after all!) But there’s something so lovely about giving your family homemade yummies.

Like these Turtle Cookie Balls. Let me just say that there’s something truly spectacular when chocolate, caramel, vanilla wafers, and pecans come together in one little morsel. And they’re SO easy to make!

Turtle Cookies Balls are bite size cookies that are just like your favorite candy. Nutty, sweet, and awesome.

Honestly, the hardest part is keeping yourself from eating the filling by the spoonful before you can enrobe each little ball with a decadent covering of chocolate.

The kind of chocolate you use is important, so make sure that you know the differences between them. Working with chocolate is easy, but delicate work. Knowing all your Chocolate 101 will ensure that these nibbles and any other desserts you make this holiday season come out perfectly.

For these, all you need is some cream cheese, vanilla wafers, caramel ice cream topping, pecans, and BAKER’S semi-sweet chocolate. I like to use BAKER’S when I’m making truffles like this, because it’s consistent. I know I’m going to get the same silky smooth result every time.

Turtle Cookies Balls have only five simple ingredients and three steps. Perfect for the holidays!
Melting Baker’s Chocolate for recipes like these Turtle Cookie Balls couldn’t be easier. In fact, you can get perfectly smooth results using a microwave. Here’s how you do it in just a few easy steps.

1. Break Baker’s Chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl.
2. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir.
3. Repeat and stir.
4. Continue cooking and stirring in 10 second increments until completely melted and perfectly smooth.

Baker’s Chocolate takes the guesswork out of melting chocolate and gives you smooth, delicious results every single time. It really couldn’t get much easier!

Have you started stocking up your pantry for the holiday season yet? It’s time. Pick up a few items off a separate list every time you go grocery shopping. By the time you’re ready to get to whipping up these Turtle Cookie Balls, you’ll have all your staples ready to go, especially when they’re shelf-stable, like BAKER’S chocolate. You can keep it on hand all year round, because let’s face it; Turtle Cookie Balls will not just be for Christmas once you’ve made them one time.

These Turtle Cookie Balls will store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to gift them out to everyone you love or indulge a little after a long day at work.

Turtle Cookies Balls have only five ingredients and three steps. A simple bite of sweetness.

Think of the other combinations you could try too – chocolate sauce and peppermint chips, cherry sauce and lime zest – this cookie truffle recipe is fully customizable! Make sure to check out the Kraft Pinterest page for more holiday treat inspiration.

Turtle Cookie Balls

Yield: 42 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 70 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2-1/3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 4 (4-ounce) packages BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Mix first 3 ingredients until blended.
  2. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Dip balls in melted chocolate and place in a single layer in a shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  4. Sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Turtle Cookies Balls have only five ingredients and three steps. So perfect for the holidays!

71 Responses to “Turtle Cookie Balls”

  1. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture — November 30, 2015 at 10:10 am

    These look amazing, and so easy! I’ve been looking for a recipe to make with my mom while we drink wine and watch Love Actually – these are perfect! 


    • Jamie — November 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

      These will be perfect, Michelle! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Carolyn — November 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

    These look heavenly and perfect for gift-givng!


    • Jamie — November 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

      I agree! So simple, but with a little ribbon or twine and festive paper, they’re totally perfect! Thanks so much for visiting!

  3. Roxana — November 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

    These are so cute and decadent – what an awesome treat to enjoy and share this time of year!


    • Jamie — November 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much, Roxana! 

  4. Kit White — November 30, 2015 at 11:21 am

    These looks terrific. I think I would like to add pecans to the filling as well. Do you have any tricks to dipping them into the chocolate? How do you hold them?


    • Jamie — November 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

      I just used a fork to dip them into the chocolate and then wiggled the fork back and forth to remove the excess chocolate. I hope this helps!

  5. Katrina — November 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

    These look like such a treat! I love this idea for Christmas baking – yum!


    • Jamie — November 30, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Katrina!

  6. BettySchn — November 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for the hint on dipping those luscious little balls. I have never before been successful in dipping without leaving them a mess.


  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — November 30, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    These look absolutely GORGEOUS! Great melting tips too!


  8. Debra — November 30, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    I read where you said you can refrigerate these to store them, could you also freeze them or will that change the consistency after they are thawed out?


    • Jamie — January 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Hi, Debra! These refrigerate very well for a nice length of time, so I wouldn’t freeze them. I hope you had a great holiday!

  9. Erin@WellPlated — December 1, 2015 at 8:34 am

    These are so sweet and giftable (although I have a feeling the box would be missing a few by the time I gave it away….)


  10. Carmen — December 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I would add a stick and make them into cookie pops…this also makes for ease of dipping.


  11. Rachelle — December 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I was wondering what type of Vanilla Wafers you used? DId you use Nlla Wafers? I live in Canada and we cannot buy Nilla wafers….our vanilla wafers are crispy and layed with an icing like filling. I am not sure what I can substitute.


    • Jamie — December 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, I used Nilla Wafers. I think any crisp cookie similar to a Nilla wafer would work!

  12. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen — December 2, 2015 at 6:08 am

    These little bites look so good. They would make a great Christmas present. Love those nuts on top!


  13. Carla — December 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Baker’s Chocolate is what I buy for my melting chocolate needs. Plus I think they are the only brand who makes German chocolate, which is what I use for my German chocolate recipes. Anyway, I would be thrilled if you gave these to me for Christmas!


  14. What a great gift to share during the holidays!


    • Jamie — January 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you, Laura! I hope you had a good holiday season!

  15. jeanine — December 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Jamie, quick question. Is the cookie measurement equivalent to 1 box?


    • Jamie — December 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      I had some leftover in my box, but we had a pretty large box of vanilla wafers. I hope this helps.

  16. Leslie @ My Kitchen Is Open — December 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I’m excited to make these. I always forget how simple and elegant these little cookie balls can be! Thanks for the reminder. These will appear as a part of Christmas gifts this year! :-)


  17. Kayla — December 4, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Does it not make a difference that the chocolate is not tempered? Or do you have to keep these refrigerated?


    • Jamie — January 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Hi, Kayla! I would definitely keep these refrigerated until you want to eat them. I hope you enjoy them!

  18. Pam — December 4, 2015 at 8:18 am

    These look easy to make and so decadent. I wonder how they would taste with toffee bits instead of or in addition to the nuts?  Hmmm……. 


    • Jamie — December 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

      I think they would taste AMAZING! Great idea!

  19. Linda R — December 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Do these have to be refridgerated because of the cream cheese?


    • Jamie — December 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Yes,I would refrigerate them until ready to serve.

  20. tanya — December 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    You could mail these to me if you’d like, I know I would love them!  Such an easy recipe, the kids could easily help with this one!


  21. Stephanie — December 5, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Yum! I know what I’m making for our annual cookie swap!


  22. zouhair fiorino najjar — December 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm

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  23. FreyasKitchen — December 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    These are so cute! If they turn out well for me I might give them as a little gift!


  24. Niti — December 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Is there a way to sub the cream cheese with something else so that these can be stored at room temp? Making goodie bags for coworkers, I don’t know when they will eat them so the cream cheese part is kinda iffy.


    • Jamie — January 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hi, Niti! I’m not sure of a substitute for the cream cheese in this recipe. I’m sorry! I hope your goodie bags worked out and that your coworkers enjoyed them.

  25. Kitty — December 21, 2015 at 12:34 am

    hello! was wondering about how many balls this recipe makes. have a lot of people  to bake for this year and wondered if this would  be a good option . love that there’s no oven involved


    • Jamie — December 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      It makes about 42 cookie balls. Thanks!

  26. J. Mac Neal — December 26, 2015 at 1:09 am

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  27. Paula — December 26, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I think these would be wonderful dipped in white chocolate also.  Also, I read a trick for dipping the balls. Take a plastic fork and break the two middle tines out, leaving the two outside one.  Wonderful for dipping>  Thanks for the recipe.


  28. Katherine — December 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

    These look amazing! Super excited to try them out!


  29. Nova — November 28, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Could you substitute the vanilla wafers for almond meal?


    • Jamie — November 28, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Hi, Nova! I’m not sure almond meal would work, but you could try substituting shortbread cookies for the vanilla wafers. Let me know how it goes!

  30. Beet Juice — November 28, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Love every recipe of yours I have ever made! I always know they will be great. Thanks a bunch


    • Jamie — November 28, 2016 at 8:42 am

      And I love your kind words! Thank you!

  31. Paula — November 30, 2016 at 7:42 am

    What do you think would be a good GF substitute for the vanilla wafers which have such a unique taste/texture?  GF grahams?   Also do you think using coconut oil would work vs. cream cheese? 


    • Jamie — December 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Hi, Paula! I’ve never tried a gluten free option for this, but I think you can buy gluten free vanilla wafers in the store. I also found this recipe in case you’d like to give it a try. I honestly don’t know how the coconut oil would factor in this…I’m sorry I’m not more of a help in that regard! Let me know if you give the recipe a try!

  32. Rozzy — November 30, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Can you add peanut butter?


    • Jamie — December 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Hi, Rozzy! I think peanut butter would be amazing! Let me know how it turns out!

  33. Karen — December 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    How many days would these be good in the fridge? I have a cookie swap to attend next Friday and the only free time I have to make these are on Monday morning. 


    • Jamie — December 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Hi, Karen! I think they’ll probably be fine from Monday to Friday. If you’re concerned, skip the dipping in chocolate step until Thursday night or so and then refrigerate. Let me know how it goes!

  34. sue clark — December 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    They look wonderful and Jamie you are such a big help with questions I wish more people would be as helpful as you are Have a wonderful holiday season


    • Jamie — December 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      I really appreciate that, Sue! I hope you have a great holiday season as well!

  35. Lakshmi Vishy — December 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Jamie! I loved your recipe and tried it out today. But, I used White Chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate and the results were amazing! I would like to share a photo of my turtle balls with you. Let me know if I can send to you. Thanks and have a happy holiday season! :)


    • Jamie — December 5, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Wonderful, Lakshmi! Feel free to send it to me on Facebook. I’d love to see a picture!

  36. Kim — December 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    An FYI to the woman asking about GF. 

    Kinnikinik (sp?) makes a GF vanilla wafer cookie that works perfectly in the place of Nilla Wafers. 


  37. Chetta Todaro — December 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Hi, I’m just a little confused~ is that 4 boxes of Baker’s Chocolate needed for this recipe? Thank You


    • Jamie — December 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Hi, Chetta! Yes, it’s four boxes. The entire recipe yields 42 servings, so it makes a large batch of cookie balls. I hope this helps!

  38. Dawna — December 8, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Can you freeze these?


    • Jamie — December 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Hi, Dawna! I would caution against freezing this since the chocolate may not be at its best after you take it out of the freezer. I hope you enjoy them!

  39. Lana — December 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Could you use Almond Bark for melting chocolate instead of bakers?
    Just wondering.
    Thanks for a Great Recipe! Looking forward to making these.


    • Jamie — December 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi, Lana! I’ve never tried it, but I think you probably could use almond bark for the melting chocolate. Let me know how it goes!

  40. Brenda Woods — December 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I made these for the first time for our work Christmas Bake-off.
    I WON !!! Everyone just loved them. I used a toothpick to dip them in the chocolate, but will try your idea with a fork next time.


    • Jamie — December 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Congratulations, Brenda! I love knowing this!

  41. kim — December 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I added a small amount of rum……very good


    • Jamie — December 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Sounds wonderful, Kim!

  42. Vicky Smith — December 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I would love to make this but can’t find the wafers here in Canada…the ones we have are Voortman vanilla wafers ,  they have a slight cream in centre . Would you be a decent substitute?


    • Jamie — December 19, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hi, Vicky! I would recommend just a plain shortbread cookie. Let me know how you like them!

  43. Julie Henry — December 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm



    • Jamie — December 21, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Hi, Julie! I haven’t tried Hershey’s Caramel Syrup in this, but I say give it a try! Let me know the results!

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