Turtle Scones

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Turtle Scones

There are times that I really need some baking inspiration.

When that happens, I head to bakeries or farmers’ markets. At both, there are people displaying their wares and their creativity. I need both, believe me!

At the market a few weeks ago, a woman was selling turtle scones. The second I saw them, I knew I had to bake my own. Here they are. Could anyone not want these for breakfast? Nope, didn’t think so!

Turtle Scones

I’ve had a soft spot for Turtles (the candy, not the animal) since I was a kid. My dad would bring my mom a box every Valentine’s Day, and she would always share with me. How great is that? A mom sharing her special candy with her kids is true love. I’ve loved Turtles ever since.

The animal I’m less certain about. Turtles live for a looooong time. Sea turtles live to be at least 100, and those little ones you buy in the pet store live to about 30. I’m not sure I could ever make that long a commitment. Imagine how attached I’d get to my turtle, and how I’d feel when he passed. If he passed before me, that is. They can really hold on.

Turtle Scones

Still, turtles are cute. I remember this one from my zoology class in high school that somehow got into a duct and crawled all  the way through and into our vice principal’s office. Oh, the screams. That was such a good day.

Turtle Scones

These turtle scones will only cause screams of joy, I guarantee you. I promise!

Turtle Scones

The base of these scones is cream, which makes them light and crumbly in the best way. Chopped caramels, pecans (or walnuts) and chocolate chips get right in there for a true breakfast pastry party. No better way to start your day that I’ve ever seen!

Turtle Scones

No matter what kind of turtle makes your day, these scones are definitely the way to go on this particular day. Hope you have a great Wednesday!


Turtle Scones


2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
5 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 caramels, chopped
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup pecans, chopped (walnuts will also work)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the cold butter and using the tips of your fingers, pinch the butter into the dry mixture until crumbs of varying sizes form.
  3. Add the egg and cream, using a fork to stir them in until a dough forms. You can use your hands or the fork to knead lightly until the dough is fully formed.
  4. Gently mix in the caramels, chocolate chips, and the pecans with your hands.
  5. Turn the dough out onto your prepared cookie sheet, pressing it into a circle that is about six inches in diameter.
  6. Cut the dough into six wedges. Bake for around 20 minutes until the scones are golden.
  7. Cool the scones until the chocolate hardens. Serve or store in an airtight container.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Farmer’s markets are a great place to find inspiration! I’ve never had a turtle scone before, but now I need to try this. Turtles remind me of my childhood, and it’s one of those candies that I don’t eat often, but love it when they’re around. Such a fun treat to add them to these scones!
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    1. Mir

      I had to try it once I saw it!

  2. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, these turtle scones look amazing!!!! I also head to bakeries or farmers’ markets for inspiration. . I also love seeing all the amazing creations at bakeries! These scones look incredible!!!! caramel, milk chocolate and pecans. . filled with all the BEST things… yum!!!
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    1. Mir

      Bakeries are my favorite research spots. I love seeing what people make…and eating it!

  3. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Okay – I am dying over the turtle making its way to the vice principal’s office! Thanks for that laugh!!! And for these scones! Like your mama, I receive Turtles every year, too! I love them…so this is right up my alley, girlfriend! Wish you could deliver!!
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    1. Mir

      It was a pretty fun day in my HS! Now I have fond memories of turtles.

  4. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    I love turtles (the animal.. they are so cute!), and turtles the candy… hmm to be honest I don’t remember what they taste like! Shame, right?! But I’m a huge fan of scones, in EVERY possible flavor, so I can totally imagine how good these taste!! I bet Boy would go CRAZY over these, Mir! They look absolutely fantastic! Cheers, chicka!
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    1. Mir

      The candy is pretty good, but you know, try with white chocolate and you’ll get the gist!

  5. Manali@CookWithManali

    Yes sometimes we all need inspiration and farmer’s market is definitely one of the best places to get it! I love the flavors in these scones, they sound lovely!
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    1. Mir

      I love the stalls and meeting all the bakers!

  6. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    Turtle candies were always my jam! I haven’t had any in awhile, but these scones certainly made me really eager to have one/make these very scones. This sounds like the perfect recipe for a rainy weekend baking session.
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    1. Mir

      Turtles are so good. I’m jonesing right now!

  7. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I can only imagine the screams in the school with a turtle on the loose! We actually had some back in the day when we had little people. My daughter taught them to eat out of her hand. It was cute and all, but cleaning turtle tanks is totally not my jam. I’d much rather have some of these turtle scones!
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    1. Mir

      Cleaning turtle tanks is not my jam either. Not worth it!

  8. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Haha – love what you did there with the turtle in the duct screams and the screams these turtle cones would conjure up! Mir, these sound and look irresistible! I love farmers markets for inspiration too. This summer when I was in NYC, my daughter and I had the bestest, biggest ever, simple, vegan chocolate chip cookie and it was so good – I’ve tried recreating it but failed miserably – so you bet, just the sight of these cheers me up! Happy Friday to ya!
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    1. Mir

      Ha! Thanks, Shashi! I was feeling very in my element when I wrote this post. 🙂

  9. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    Oh my gosh – TURTLE SCONES. I really would love to reach right through the computer and grab one of these babies – they would go perfectly with my cup of tea and the rainy dreary chilly day we have going on right now. Pinning!!
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    1. Mir

      I wound up passing them out on the playground. There were some grateful parents, I can tell ya!

  10. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    My mom always got turtles on Valentines Day too!! 🙂 Love this flavor combo in a scone, you’re such a genius.

  11. cakespy

    Screw you, blueberry scones! Turtle makings…well, these make for the scones of my dreams.
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  12. Sabrina Zaragoza

    Like the way you thinking and telling story. And the cake you made is pretty good. Thank you so much for sharing useful recipe. I really enjoy reading your blog.

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