I made sugar turtle cookies a few weeks ago. I wasn’t quite satisfied with how they came out so I decided to try again. I’m not sure which design I like better. You can view my previous attempt here. This one was easier to make though since the shell is just one color.

I used the same sugar cookie base as last time, making some with matcha green tea powder and leaving some plain. For the eyes, I used some melted chocolate.

Recipe: Turtle Sugar Cookies


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder


  1. In a medium bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, add into the creamed mixture until dough comes together.
  2. Remove 1/2 of the dough. With the remaining 1/2 dough in the bowl, add in the 2 1/2 tsp of matcha powder and mix until combined.
  3. Take the match dough and roll into a tube shape about 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
  4. Slice the dough to form the shell. I sliced mine about 1/4 inch thick. As you slice, the dough may flatten at the bottom. Try to shape the bottom so that they end up being round circles again.
  5. Using the remaining plain dough to form the head, hands and feet. Place the turtles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mats, about 1/2 inch apart.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges turn a golden brown.
  7. After turtles have cooled, decorate the turtles with eyes. You can add sprinkles, pipe melted chocolate, etc.



11 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Turtles Take 2”

  1. Snippets of Thyme — April 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I think they are adorable. Pair them with some pretty lemony lemonade and the color combo would be so sweet.

  2. Maameemoomoo — April 17, 2011 at 7:44 am

    SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. tigerfish — April 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Too cute to eat! You are so talented and creative.

  4. Christine — April 19, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Hi, greetings!

    I’ve been reading your blog for few months now. I think your above turtle cookies looks super cute. I am tempted to try this for my nephew and nieces. Must be fun to decorate the cookie dough with them! :-) You are a talented baker! I admire your baking attempts and always enjoy your creations.



    • Kirbie replied: — April 19th, 2011 @ 10:25 am

      Thanks! I hope the cookies work out well with your nieces and nephew!

  5. Christine — April 20, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Hi Kirbie,

    Thanks for your reply. Once I do this, I’ll keep you posted – see whether I can make the cookies as cute as yours. I always have problems with my baking final results’ presentations. :-)



    • Kirbie replied: — April 20th, 2011 @ 8:13 am

      Turtles are usually pretty easy to make. I can’t wait to hear your results. Maybe you can take a picture!

  6. vduran — May 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    hi i just wanted to know how many cookies i am going to obtain with this recip? thanks

    • Kirbie replied: — May 21st, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

      Sorry it’s been a while since I made these, so I’m not quite sure. But I think it is around 25-30.

  7. Kathy — April 1, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Hi Kirbie! Which cookie taste do you prefer for your green tea sugar cookies? The Allrecipes adapted version or this one with shortening? By the way, thank you for posting the Oreo Sugar Cookie recipe. My son loves it and so do his friends. I bake them for him to bring to school and share ith his class!!!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 1st, 2013 @ 8:32 am

      I prefer the allrecipes adapted version. Glad you like the oreo cookie recipe. It’s one of my favorites. =)

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