Caramel Turtle Cookies

My aunt sent me a photo today and asked me if I knew what it was.


“Cat barf?” I guessed.

“No, it’s a cookie,” she texted back.  “Grandma used to make them.”

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure Grandma never made Cat Barf Cookies.”

“It’s not cat barf!”


I think she’s just screwing with me because she’s still mad at me for scaring the hell out of her last night.

Which was NOT my fault.

My cousin, her daughter, texted me last night to ask if I was still awake… Duh…. I’m always awake when my phone is going off.

Her mom hadn’t replied to her texts for over an hour…. Yeah, well maybe she was SLEEPING!  and she wanted me to go check on her.

Maybe that sounds a bit excessive, but not in my family.  This is the aunt that texted me one summer evening to say that she was pretty sure that she’d broken her leg and if I wasn’t too busy could I please come get her.


We found her sitting in the front yard, cussing like a sailor, with her leg broken in three places.  I mean… she’d broken the bone in three places… it wasn’t like there were three pieces of her leg laying around the yard. That would have been weird.

So when my cousin called I figured I’d better go check on her.  She had been at my house earlier…. and I might have shared a few bourbon balls and maybe a glass or two of wine…. so….

I got to her house and I banged on the door…. no answer.  I went inside, calling her name, and followed the sounds of the audiobook playing in the bathroom.

Shit! She’d said she was going home to take a bath… and I’d given my still slightly-limping aunt bourbon balls and wine… I killed her!!!!  She’d drowned in the bathtub and it was all my fault!

I’m good with guilt…. and overreacting.

Well, fortunately/unfortunately she wasn’t dead.  So when I yanked the shower curtain aside she was just a wee bit shocked.

And alive.  Yay!

I feel like she didn’t appreciate the fact that I’d rescued her from drowning.

Hence the cat barf cookies.

The following recipe is NOT Cat Barf cookies.  These are one of my favorite cookies that Grandma did actually make and thanks to Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour I can have them again!


Caramel Turtle Cookies



  • 2 c.  Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • ½ c.  Butter
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar (firmly packed)


  • 1 lb.  Caramels
  • 4 Tbls  Butter
  • ½ c.  Evaporated Milk

1 c.  Pecan Halves

12 oz.  Milk Chocolate Chips


In a large bowl, combine crust ingredients. Mix at medium speed until particles are fine. Pat crust firmly into an un-greased 13 x 9 x 2 pan.

Sprinkle pecans evenly over crust. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan or double broiler, combine caramels, butter and milk. Melt. Pour caramel over pecans.  Don’t forget the edges!

Bake at 350° for 18 – 22 minutes or until caramel is bubbly and crust is golden brown.

Remove from oven, sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Allow chips to melt and spread with a butter knife.

Allow cookies to cool and chocolate to harden.  Cut and serve.

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