Turtleback Cookies

Turtleback Cookies

Turtleback Cookies

Traeger's Bakery in Demopolis, Alabama first popularized these soft spice cookies, which are named for their hard cinnamon glaze that glistens like a glossy turtle shell.Farideh Sadeghin

Traeger's Bakery in Demopolis, Alabama first popularized these soft spice cookies, which are named for their hard cinnamon glaze that glistens like a glossy turtle shell. Though the bakery—and its recipes—were lost to a fire in the 90s, residents of Demopolis continue to bake versions of the treats, refining and tweaking the recipe in an attempt to replicate the original. This interpretation, filled with chopped pecans and spiced with cinnamon and cardamom, comes to us from writer Meredith Bethune.