Turtle Stuffed Shortbread

turtle stuffed shortbread

I know I’ve already shared these – kind of – but I think they’re worth delving into a little deeper. Because when you think of it, they really are the most perfect Christmas cookie. And they require no icing or sprinkles – all the decorating is on the inside.

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My friend (ironically, a decorator) Karl came up with the idea to wrap shortbread dough around Turtles and bake them – it was his (unintentional) gift to me; a perfect Christmas package. I’ve since schemed what else could be wrapped in shortbread dough and baked – anything you might find in your stocking, really. But wrapping something else means you’re not wrapping Turtles, which would be a shame. They truly are little bundles of comfort and joy.

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And who doesn’t love a surprise inside?

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Turtle Stuffed Shortbread
Turtle Stuffed Shortbread

Turtle Stuffed Shortbread


December 17, 2014

  • Makes: Makes 1-1 1/2 dozen stuffed shortbreads.


1 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 tsp. salt

1 box Turtles (a dozen or two-better to have extras)


1Preheat the oven to 325F.

2In a medium bowl, beat the butter with the icing sugar and vanilla. Stir in the flour, cornstarch and salt. Wrap dough around Turtles, and bake for 20 minutes, until pale golden around the edges.


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14 comments on “Turtle Stuffed Shortbread

  1. Kira
    December 18, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I made these for a bake sale yesterday and they were the first to sell! These are a new Christmas cookie at our house. Delicious!

  2. Jules @ WolfItDown
    December 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm


  3. stephanie
    December 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

    These. Are. Life. Changing. LOVE!!!! Thank you.

  4. Dee
    December 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi! I was wondering what the texture of this cookie is like.. Is the shortbread chewy or crumbly? Thanks!

  5. Kayla
    March 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I made these over Christmas and they were so delicious and decadent and EASY! Thanks for an awesome shortbread recipe and idea!

  6. Catherine
    December 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Could I freeze them after making them?

    • Julie
      December 6, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Sure thing – most cookies can be frozen and are just fine!

  7. Caroline Csak
    December 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    This would be like English chocolate caramel shortbread (or Scrumptious Lumps as we like to call them) but a lot less work..

    • Julie
      December 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Scrumptious lumps – love it!

  8. Nathalie
    November 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I make these every year, they are winners!

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