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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Turtles from McKenzie’s Bakery

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

With hurricane Issac hitting New Orleans on the 7th anniversary of Katrina, I have been thinking alot about things I miss from New Orleans. This particular item, Turtles, disappeared long before Katrina. A popular item from McKenzie’s bakery, Turtles are the perfect New Orleans cookie. So, here is the recipe from my cookbook, You can’t keep New Orleans out of the cook.

This cookie originated at the now closed McKenzie’s Bakeries

of New Orleans. The main reason for the inclusion of this recipe is

my nickname. For some reason, I was given the nickname turtle by

some friends. They never explained the reason to me. My guess was

I ran like a turtle playing softball. Maybe one day, I will find out the

real reason.


1½ cups Flour sifted

¼ teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ teaspoon Salt

½ cup Butter

½ cup packed Brown Sugar

1 whole Egg

1 Egg separated

¼ teaspoon Vanilla

1/8 teaspoon Maple Flavor Extract

60 Pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Cream

the butter with the sugar until light and

fluffy. Beat in egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and maple flavoring. Set aside.

 Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients gradually to the creamed mixture

until you have smooth dough and then chill 2 hours. Shape the chilled

dough into ovals like a turtle’s body. Dip bottoms into egg white.

Press pecan halves into bottom to form a head and feet for the turtle.

Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. Allow to

cool before frosting them.


2 squares Unsweetened Chocolate

¼ cup Milk

1 tablespoon Butter

1 cup sifted Powdered Sugar

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate and

butter in the milk, and let stand until lukewarm. Mix in powdered

sugar until it reaches the consistency to spread. It should be thick

enough to “stand up” after being pushed through a decorating tube. If

not thick enough, let cool or stand to thicken. Decorate top of cookie

with Frosting from a pastry bag. It should look like a chocolate kiss

on top of the cookie.


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