Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

by Amy on 30 July 2014

Salted Caramel Chocolate CookiesDessert trends come + go. Hand pies, cookie butter, cronuts – they’ve all had their moments in the spotlight recently, but those trends tend to fade after time. One dessert that never seems to go out of style? COOKIES! While I know that a lot of people don’t do as much baking in the summer because of the warm temperatures, I’m someone who loves baked goods all year ’round. A couple weeks ago, I realized it had been too long since I baked a homemade treat, so I fired up the oven, + decided to try a new-to-me cookie recipe – these Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies.

And y’all, these were SO amazingly tasty. Rich, heavenly, chocolate cookies stuffed with melty chocolate chips + gooey caramel, with a perfect burst of saltiness from sea salt sprinkled on top. Texture-wise, they are SO wonderful – they have a slightly-dense, soft + chewy interior, with a brownie-like crackly exterior. Between the fantastic combination of flavors + textures, these cookies were truly perfection. My husband said they were his favorite cookies that I’ve ever made, and I’m inclined to agree with him. =) You’ve gotta give these a try – I think you’ll love them!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies, adapted from Gimme Some Oven


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (11 oz.) bag Kraft Caramel Bits (or 11 oz. bag regular caramels, cut into 1/4″ pieces)
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
coarse sea salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In large bowl (or in your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment), beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in two separate additions, beating well after each addition, until well-blended. Mix in the caramel bits and chocolate chips, stir until combined.

Drop by rounded heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased (or parchment paper or Silpat-lined) cookie sheets. Press each cookie down slightly to flatten, then sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or just until set. Cool for about 10 minutes on the cookie sheet(s) before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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1 sarah k @ the pajama chef July 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

these look goregous and so yummy, amy! i’m not a big salted dessert fan but i’d make an exception for these cookies. :)

2 Erin @ Simple Sweet & Savory July 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

Chocolate + Caramel = Can I have this for lunch? These look amazing. Pinning immediately!

3 Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

Nothing wrong with firing up the oven in the summer if these beauties are the result! I will never tire of salted caramel. Plus chocolate? Yes, please!

4 Adri July 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Oh my, chocolate and caramel. You’ve got me. These sound so good. I think cookies are my “Desert Island Dessert.” I just love them, and these are a must do. Thanks!

5 Matt Robinson July 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm

These look amazing Amy, love the salted caramel!!

6 Cailee July 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Well don’t these look and sound amazing! I love love LOVE the combo of salty and sweet! It is such a win… salted chocolate w. caramel =the best combo ever! LOVE it!

7 Meg July 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

oh my gosh yum!! i love anything chocolate and salted caramel is a great addition to pretty much anything :-)

8 Choc Chip Uru July 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

What a delicious looking cookie recipe, definitely bookmarked for a rainy/sunny/cloudy day 😛

Choc Chip Uru

9 Ami@NaiveCookCooks July 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I love caramel in cookies and surprisingly I have never tried making my own!! These look so good that I might end up making them tonight!!

10 Kelly July 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I love no bake treats in the summer too but have no problem turning on the oven for cookies either :) These look incredible Amy! I love love love anything with salted caramel especially when you add chocolate too :) These sound perfect and I can’t wait to try them – pinning:)

11 Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat. July 30, 2014 at 11:03 pm

These look incredible! I’m always in the search for a good chocolate cookie, so I’m definitely trying these very soon.

12 Anna (Hidden Ponies) July 31, 2014 at 9:20 am

I will love cookies for-EVA. And salted caramel has really hung on too, for good reason! Love these, Amy!

13 Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen July 31, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I would love 1 or 2, make that 3 or 4 of these cookies right now! They look delicious!

14 Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} August 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

Literally this is everything I could ever want in a cookie! Salted caramel? Chocolate? Oh yea!!

15 easyfoodsmith August 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Chocolate and caramel sound divine and so tempting.

16 Lesley Eats August 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

phew, so relieved to see already-made caramels in this recipe because they look delicious, but I ain’t makin’ caramel. :)

17 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

Mmm I just made salted chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips. I now wish I had used caramel bits!

18 Sue August 5, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I’ve wanted to make these from day one the recipe was posted. This afternoon my granddaughter and I decided we could wait no longer. All I can say is this recipe is an absolute keeper. The entire family could not wait for them to come out of the oven.

Thanks for sharing!

19 amy August 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

I am SO thrilled to hear that, Sue! And how fun that you and your granddaughter made them together. Family baking is absolutely the best type of baking. =) Cheers!

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