Snappy Turtle Cookies

Snappy turtle cookies are sugar cookies with pecans used for the head, arms, and legs, and a rich chocolate frosting on top. They look adorable on a cookie try!

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.  Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add vanilla, 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk (reserve the egg white). Beat well.

Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.

Arrange pecan pieces on prepared baking tray in groups of 5, to resemble head, arms and legs of a turtle.

Lightly beat reserved egg white in a small bowl.

Shape cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Dip bottom of balls in egg white and lightly press onto grouped pecans. The tips of pecans should be seen.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the chocolate frosting, stir melted butter and cocoa powder together in a small bowl until combined.

Add sugar, milk, and vanilla extract, and mix until combined and smooth.

Frost tops of cooled cookies.

Let the frosting set before storing in an air tight container for up to 5 days.