Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Amy on 17 July 2013

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip CookiesThere are some foods that I only crave in certain seasons. Hearty soups + stews? That’s cold weather food. Light, veggie-filled pasta dishes? Perfect in the springtime. Burgers + steaks, hot off the grill? That’s summertime food to me. Cookies? Those are the exception – I truly love ’em year ’round. Even on the hottest days, I don’t mind turning on the oven if it means I’ll have fresh, delicious cookies at the end. So, when I realized recently that I hadn’t baked cookies since before my baby was born, I knew it was time to change that + give these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies a try!

Y’all? These cookies are AMAZING. They are rich + super buttery, with delicious chocolate chips in every bite, a soft, gooey caramel center, + flecks of sea salt on top. They’re wonderfully soft + they stay that way for a full week after baking. How fantastic is that? These really are perfectly balanced, wonderful, decadent cookies – absolutely delightful with a tall glass of milk. So, if you’re looking for a new cookie recipe that will absolutely please a crowd, you’ve gotta give these a try!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 15 jumbo cookies, adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted + slightly cooled
3/4 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips, divided
15 Rolo candies
sea salt


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch + salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, + white sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients + mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips, dispersing them evenly through the dough. Cover the dough + chill for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days. The longer you chill the dough, the better!

Take the dough out of the refrigerator + allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
Unwrap the Rolo candies + have your 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a pile ready to be used.

Roll the dough into balls, 1.5 tablespoons each. You’ll have about 30 balls. Make a thumbprint into one dough ball + press the Rolo inside. Cover the Rolo with another dough ball + mold the two dough balls around the Rolo, making sure it is completely wrapped inside. (See Sally’s blog for a step-by-step visual.) Gently press down on the large cookie dough ball to slightly flatten + press a few more chocolate chips on top. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Put 7-8 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet. Put one cookie sheet into the refrigerator as you bake batch #1. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes. The cookies will look very soft + underbaked, but do not bake longer than 13 minutes. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

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1 Kathryn July 17, 2013 at 6:23 am

I’m so with you! Cookies are great all year round and these sound particularly delicious – love those rolos in there!

2 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 17, 2013 at 6:38 am

I love how soft these look! Killer cookies :)

3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 17, 2013 at 7:17 am

Oh my! These sound heavenly!

4 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] July 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

Beautiful cookies! And they were hiding Rolos this whole time? One of my very favorite candy treats. Delicious!

5 amy July 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

Yes! They were smuggling Rolos the whole time. =) Next time, I’m delivering you at least one to sample!

6 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

They look perfect!

7 dixya| food, pleasure, and health July 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

i love the caramel overflowing from these and certainly wont mind making them despite 100 degrees here :)

8 Lesley Eats July 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

Ooh, I am a sucker for caramel and chocolate together. I love this Rolo idea a lot because I hate when caramel gets hard. Yum!

9 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

Oooo, so glad you tried this recipe from Sally! It’s been on my to-do list for ages. Both of yours just look too incredible not to fire up my oven on one of these hot summer days! Thanks for sharing, Amy!

10 amy July 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

You’ve got to try them, Georgia – it’s really one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever made!

11 Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

Rolos!!! Shut the front door! Love those. These cookies just went on my to do list!

12 Elizabeth July 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

You are so right that cookies are a year round food! Now matter what time it is, I’m up for making cookies. Plus, I love how you styled the first photo with the rolos all around table- they look like gold gems. I must try these soon because they sound and look truly incredible!

13 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl July 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

You had me at chocolate chip cookies.. but then you really had me at “salted”. These look perfect! I have got to make them soon.. can’t wait!

14 Nik@ABrownTable July 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

These look delicious!

15 Jennie @themessybakerblog July 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Swoon! Amy, these look incredibly delicious.

16 NaturesComplete July 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

That looks divine. My mouth is watering. I think I am craving sweets and I want these now. Unfortunately it’ll have to wait until this evening. My house is going to smell scrumptous and I will have to beat the neighbors off with a stick. thanks for the mouth watering recipe.

17 Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily July 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Ohhhh dear! I’ll be looking forward to this after my whole ‘eating clean’ thing I committed to for 90 days. ;p

18 Tracey July 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I’ve already been craving cookies all day, and seeing this post has thrown me over the edge. Despite the super hot weather, I am turning on the oven to bake tonight :) Love everything about these!

19 CCU July 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

With caramel, this just takes cookies over the edge- love it 😀


P.S I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks to prepare for my exams – see you in a month :)

20 ashley - baker by nature July 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I’m just dying for one (or – let’s be real – 5!) of these gorgeous cookies!!! Amazing job, love!

21 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker July 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

These look so chewy and delicious! I love chocolate chips cookies, they’re my fav. Love the addition of Rolo. YUM!!!

22 angela@spinachtiger July 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Amy, rolo is my most favorite candy in the world. It’s the only candy I indulge in, so these cookies would be awesome for me.

23 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

LOVE the sound of these! And my husband probably wouldn’t eat them because of the sea salt (he’s crazy) … which means more for me! 😉

24 Simona July 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

I just discovered salted chocolate and that js so good, so I can imagine these, yum!!!

25 steph@stephsbitebybite July 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

These cookies look so thick and soft and perfect!

26 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes July 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

These are perfections in a cookie right here! I love salted caramel :)

27 Megan July 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

Yesssssssssssssss! Pinned and will definitely be making soon!

The more I think about these! The more I think this recipe would make a great cookie/brownie cake. I’m going to need to figure that out soon!

28 amy July 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

When you figure out how to make this into a cookie/brownie cake, I’mma need you to report back. And deliver a slice. =)

29 Sofia Clara July 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

heaven in a cookie!

30 Lawyer Loves Lunch July 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Chocolate + caramel is my favorite combo! Add them to a cookie and I’m sold :)
PS: Love the pictures. It’s amazing how the cookies are all to perfect looking!

31 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry July 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

The way you described these are making me wish I had a whole batch to stuff in my face.

32 Imogen July 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

This looks absolutely perfect. I’d love to have some right now

33 Karen (Back Road Journal) July 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Salted caramel…it calls my name. Your cookies look and sound delicious.

34 EA-The Spicy RD July 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Just saw these on Facebook, and started drooling on my keyboard. Ok, not really, but I seriously need one of these now. Yum!!!

35 Adri July 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Gooey caramel, salt on top. OMG! I am SO ready for these cookies! Thanks, Amy. They sound great!

36 Luv What You Do July 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I love rolo’s!!!! I never thought to add them to cookies. These look incredible!

37 Mira July 19, 2013 at 3:03 am

So yummy! I need one right now.


38 emily July 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

That sounds amazing!!… i;d eat the whole batch if i made it :S

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39 Anna (Hidden Ponies) July 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Oh man, these sound amazing – I’m with you, cookies are great any time of year!

40 Kiran @ July 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

This is making me crave for a freshly baked cookies. Now 😀

41 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Anything stuffed with salted caramel is to diiiiie for. These bad boys are no exceptions!

42 easyfoodsmith July 22, 2013 at 1:20 am

Aaaahmazing cookies! What a combination of flavors there…super yummy!

43 Beth July 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

These cookies sound divine! What a great recipe. And isn’t it great to be baking again?

44 Kumar's Kitchen July 23, 2013 at 6:31 am

fit for the soul, seriously cookies luck so perfect and caramel just makes it taste out of the world, yummmmm :-)

45 LeeLee July 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Oh my goodness. These looks delish. I may have to make this with friends soon.

46 Kumar's Kitchen July 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm

do give the dish a try Amy, we assure you it will brighten up the day a bit more alongside your scrumptious cookies, hope you visit our blog again :-)

47 Angie | Big Bear's Wife August 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

I am itching to make these like RIGHT NOW! Soft chocolate chip cookies and caramel? I’m in heaven!

48 the Squishy Monster August 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I just love how chubby these are! YUM!!

49 Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Ooh, these look incredible! And I love Sally’s cookie recipes! She always has the biggest, fattest cookies. :)

And the caramel just sends these over the top. Yum!

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