Mckenzie's Bakery Turtle Cookies

If your from New Orleans you remember Mckenzie's. They had the best deserts the town had ever tasted. Whenever they went out of business in 2001, people became really upset (I heard some even cried). Many of their recipes are still secret but there are a few which have either been replicated or stolen. I've been to a handful of countries and around 45 of the states, and have yet to eat a desert than was made better than Mckenzie's did it. I found this site in hopes of locating some of their recipes (like Petit Fours) but was surprised that I couldn't find ONE of their recipes.

Turtle Cookies (Mckenzie's Bakery Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup light brown sugar -- packed
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 egg white
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp maple flavoring
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 pecan halves


2 oz solid baking chocolate
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp butter
1 lb powdered sugar.

Turtle Cookies (Mckenzie's Bakery Preparation:

Cream butter with 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 1 ts dough
into balls. These should be oval shaped like a turtle body. Dip
bottoms into little of egg white. Press slightly onto greased cookie
sheet on which groups of 5 pecan halves have already been placed to
form a head and 4 feet of turtles. Bake at 350~ 10 to 12 minutes or
until set and when cool, frost. FROSTING-Melt chocolate, milk and
butter. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Source: Gloria
Pitzer's Secret Recipes Newsletter.
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