Chocolate Waffle Turtle Cookies

Prep: 15 min.
Cook: 2 min. each batch


* 1  cup  butter or margarine, melted
* 1-1/2  cups  granulated sugar
* 4    eggs, lightly beaten
* 1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
* 2  tsp.  vanilla
* 2  cups  all-purpose flour
* 1/4  cup  butter
* 3  Tbsp.  water
* 3  Tbsp.  unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1-1/2  cups  powdered sugar
* 1  tsp.  vanilla
* 1/2  cup  caramel ice cream topping
* 1  cup  chopped toasted pecans (optional)


1. Preheat waffle iron. In a large bowl stir together melted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add flour; stir just until combined.

2. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of batter into center of each waffle grid. Cook on medium-high heat about 2 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary. Using a fork transfer cookies to rack; cool. Repeat with remaining batter. When cool, mound cookies on a platter. Makes about 48 cookies.

3. For glaze: In a small saucepan heat 1/4 cup butter and water over low heat until melted. Add the 3 tablespoons cocoa and stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Beat in powdered sugar and the 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in additional hot water, if needed, to reach drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies along with caramel topping. Sprinkle with pecans, if you like.

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