Home » Cookie Recipes

Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies (with Gluten Free Option)

waffle iron turtle cookies arranged on a white plate

Waf­fle Iron Tur­tle Cook­ies are fudgy, sat­is­fy­ing deli­cious­ness. They’re so sim­ple to make and since you bake them in a waf­fle iron, you nev­er heat up your kitchen to cre­ate them. 

The name comes from the unique shape the waf­fle iron gives the cook­ies. But stay tuned. I’ll show you a caramel pecan vari­a­tion to give them true “tur­tle” fla­vor. Look for that under the pic­ture tuto­r­i­al at the bot­tom of the page. 

My mom taught me to make these sim­ple cook­ies as a kid. I’ve tweaked the frost­ing a bit since then, but they’re still the same amaz­ing cook­ie I remem­ber from childhood.

Every time I pull the recipe out again, I won­der why it’s tak­en me so long to bake anoth­er batch. I love them. My fam­i­ly loves them. I’ve actu­al­ly nev­er met any­one who does­n’t. If you love fudgy choco­late and easy cook­ies, this will be your new favorite recipe!

The Ingredients

Anoth­er great ben­e­fit of using this recipe is that it calls for every­day pantry ingre­di­ents. I don’t need to make a gro­cery run before I can make Waf­fle Iron Tur­tle Cookies.

If you often bake gluten free, then you’ll rec­og­nize the Bet­ter Bat­ter Gluten Free Flour Blend I used to make this par­tic­u­lar batch of Tur­tle Cook­ies. To make the recipe gluten free, sub­sti­tute the same amount of Bet­ter Bat­ter in place of the all pur­pose flour. It’s that easy! *

To make both the cook­ies and some fudgy frost­ing, here’s what you’ll need:

  • but­ter
  • cocoa pow­der — This is the unsweet­ened bak­ing cocoa pow­der, not hot choco­late mix.
  • eggs
  • sug­ar
  • vanil­la
  • flour (All pur­pose flour for a reg­u­lar batch. If mak­ing gluten free, I rec­om­mend Bet­ter Bat­ter Gluten-Free Flour Blend. It’s what I used to make this batch and gives good con­sis­tent results with cookies.)
  • milk
  • pow­dered sug­ar (con­fec­tion­er’s sugar)

As always, you can just run with this recipe and bake your­self into a sat­is­fy­ing choco­late fudge hap­py place. How­ev­er, if you’re a visu­al learn­er and want to see how this recipe comes togeth­er, scroll down below the recipe card for the pic­ture tuto­r­i­al. Hap­py choco­late bak­ing, my friend!

waffle iron turtle cookies arranged on a white plate
Frost cook­ies.
Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
waffle iron turtle cookies arranged on a white plate

Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 16 min­utes
  • Yield: 40-45 cook­ies 1x

Description

Bak­ing these fudgy cook­ies in the waf­fle iron gives them their unique “tur­tle-like” shape.  The fudge frost­ing becomes the mound­ed “tur­tle shell”.  I’ve nev­er met any­one who did­n’t love Waf­fle Iron Tur­tle Cook­ies and it’s nice to have a cook­ie recipe that does­n’t require heat­ing up the kitchen with the oven.


Ingredients

Scale

For the Cookies:

For the Frosting:

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tea­spoons vanilla
  • 2 lbs. pow­dered sug­ar (con­fec­tion­er’s sugar)

Instructions

For the Cookies:

  1. Spray and heat up your waf­fle iron to medi­um while you are mak­ing the cook­ie bat­ter.  (The tem­per­a­ture set­tings run from 1–5 on my waf­fle mak­er.  I set it at 3.)
  2. Melt the but­ter in a 3 quart sauce pan.  Only heat long enough to just melt it.  You don’t want it to become super hot.
  3. Once the but­ter is melt­ed, remove the pan from the heat and mix in the cocoa.
  4. Add the sug­ar and vanil­la.  Stir thor­ough­ly to bring every­thing togeth­er.  This will also help cool the mix­ture in the pan.
  5. Test the mix­ture in the pan by touch­ing it.  It’s okay if it’s warm.  You just don’t want it to be so hot it cooks the eggs.
  6. Beat the eggs into the choco­late mix­ture.   Con­tin­ue stir­ring until every­thing is combined.
  7. Final­ly, stir in the flour.  Con­tin­ue stir­ring until all the ingre­di­ents come togeth­er even­ly.  Your bat­ter will be thick and sim­i­lar to the con­sis­ten­cy of fudge brownies.
  8. Use a spoon ( I just use a spoon from the sil­ver­ware draw­er.)  to drop the cook­ie bat­ter onto your hot waf­fle iron.  I can do 4 at a time in mine.  Adjust accord­ing to your own waf­fle maker.
  9. Bake the cook­ies in the waf­fle iron for 1 minute.  Remove to a cool­ing rack.
  10. Repeat the process until all the cook­ie bat­ter has been baked.

For the Fudge Frosting:

  1. Melt the but­ter in a 3 quart saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the cocoa pow­der to melt­ed but­ter and stir to form a thick paste.
  4. You can trans­fer the cocoa/butter mix­ture to the bowl of your stand mix­er if you don’t own a hand mix­er.  I actu­al­ly use my hand mix­er and do it all in the same 3 quart sauce pan.
  5. Add milk, vanil­la and pow­dered sug­ar. (Start with only ⅔ cup milk. Mix it all togeth­er and then decide if you need more . If you think you do, add a Table­spoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.)
  6. Beat with your mix­er until all ingre­di­ents are thor­ough­ly combined.
  7. The frost­ing will be thick.  But you do want it spread­able.  You can add more pow­dered sug­ar or extra milk to get your desired con­sis­ten­cy, keep­ing in mind that this frost­ing will get firmer as it sits in the fridge.  Resist the urge to add more than you need.  Start with a tea­spoon at a time of extra milk to thin it or a Table­spoon at a time of pow­dered sug­ar.  A lit­tle will go a long way.  The pic­tures above are a good gauge of the con­sis­ten­cy we like.
  8. Use the frost­ing to frost your Waf­fle Iron Tur­tle Cookies.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Dessert, Cook­ies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

Key­words: cook­ies, tur­tle cook­ies, waf­fle iron tur­tle cook­ies, dessert

How to Make Turtle Cookies

Start by heat­ing up your waf­fle iron. The cook­ie bat­ter comes togeth­er in about 5 min­utes, so hav­ing the waf­fle iron hot and ready gets you bak­ing, quickly.

Put the cocoa pow­der and but­ter into a 3 quart saucepan and melt them togeth­er over medi­um heat. Stir as you heat the mix­ture. Only keep the butter/cocoa mix­ture on the heat long enough to just melt the but­ter. Remove the pan from the heat as soon as the but­ter’s melted.

Mix the sug­ar and vanil­la into the butter/cocoa mix­ture. Mix­ing it will help to cool it even fur­ther. The goal is for it to just be warm to the touch. 

Add the eggs and mix them in thor­ough­ly. Mix in the flour until you have a thick bat­ter the con­sis­ten­cy of brown­ie batter.

Drop 4 spoon­fuls of bat­ter at a time into the hot waf­fle iron. Bake the cook­ies for 1 minute and then remove them to a cool­ing rack. Repeat until all the bat­ter is used.

Make the frost­ing by melt­ing the sug­ar and but­ter togeth­er in a 3 quart saucepan. 

Remove from the heat and add milk vanil­la and pow­dered sug­ar. Use a hand mix­er to blend the ingre­di­ents and cre­ate the fudge frosting.

Frost the cook­ies. The frost­ing will firm up as the cook­ies sit.

A Tasty Caramel Pecan “Turtle” Variation

I was mak­ing these cook­ies for a gath­er­ing of 30 peo­ple, this week. I decid­ed to dress them up and make them tru­ly “tur­tle” by adding pecans and caramel before the frost­ing. I have to say, it was a smash­ing suc­cess. I f you want to give this tur­tle cook­ie update a try, before frost­ing the cook­ies, add these steps.

  • Sprin­kle the cen­ter of your baked cook­ies with chopped pecans. 
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt two 11 oz. bags of Kraft Caramel bits with 2 Table­spoons of milk. It took just 2 min­utes on high-pow­er in my microwave, so keep a close eye on them.
  • Once melt­ed, spoon the caramel over the cen­ter of each cook­ie, cov­er­ing the pecans. (I did­n’t get a pic­ture of that step for some rea­son, but it’s pret­ty self-explana­to­ry. You’ve got this!
  • When the caramel has cooled and set up, frost the cook­ies as direct­ed in the recipe.

Tools I Used to Make Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies

More Chocolate Recipes to Try

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Easy No-Bake Cookies

10 thoughts on “Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies (with Gluten Free Option)”

  1. I love tur­tles so nat­u­ral­ly, I LOVED these tur­tle cook­ies. So good! They dis­ap­peared fast in my family!

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Recipe rating