Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Super soft-baked chocolate chip cookies with salted caramel and pecans. One of my favorite cookies of all time.

Soft-Baked Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Find the simple recipe at

Perhaps it’s the memories of my childhood milk and cookie snack time, or my never-ending love for the classic chocolate chip cookie. Maybe it’s the unparalleled and addictive smell wafting from the kitchen as they bake, or the endless add-ins you can throw into a cookie dough.

I’m sort of in love with baking cookies, especially this time of year.

Soft-Baked Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Find the simple recipe at

I added a little something salty to my sweet chocolate chip cookie the other day. A dash of sea salt, a little bit of caramel, salty pecans—put all this into one soft and thick chocolate chip cookie, and you’ve got yourself one fine treat this holiday season.

The dough for today’s cookies is the same dough I used for my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cornstarch, my little secret weapon in cookie recipes, makes a silent appearance yet again. I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you again, I swear by cornstarch in my cookies these days! Adding a mere 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to your cookie dough will produce softer-than-ever cookies, without impacting the taste at all. One bite of your tender cookie and you’ll wonder why you didn’t add the stuff to your cookie dough sooner.

Not only that, but just look how thick cornstarch will make your cookies! More often than not, I bake up what I think will be a thick cookie, only to see it deflate and flatten out in the cooling process. What a let-down!

Not with these. Nope. Your cookies remain puffy, and soft—even the next day.

Soft-Baked Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Find the simple recipe at

Let’s talk about all those little add-ins that make today’s cookies so special.

Caramel, pecans, and chocolate make up one of my favorite chocolate candies: chocolate turtles. Their mini gobs of nuts are held together with sticky caramel and covered in milk chocolate. My mom and I often shared a small bag of chocolate turtles she hid in our cupboards around the holidays. Biting into one always brings me back home, and I wanted to capture that same nostalgia in today’s cookie. :)

I overloaded the cookies, super-chunk style. Into the dough went 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped salty pecans. (Feel free to substitute another nut, or leave the nuts out altogether if you or the kiddies aren’t particular to them.)

Soft-Baked Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Find the simple recipe at

An important item to note before baking these cookies is that the caramels are not added to the dough with your other mix-ins. Rather, you will stick a few small cut-up pieces of soft caramel candies onto the tops of your cookie dough balls as you drop them onto the baking sheet. Doing so will prevent caramel from melting and creating a burnt river of caramel underneath your cookies as they bake.

The caramel melts on top of the cookies while in the oven, creating little pools of goo between the chunks and chips all around. I was worried the caramel would turn hard as the cookies cooled, but it remains soft and melty, even after a day or two. Soft and chewy caramel sitting atop a soft and chewy cookie. Double the good stuff here.

Soft-Baked Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Find the simple recipe at

For an extra twist, along with the pecans, gooey caramel, and chocolate, I added a touch of salty sparkle to the cookies. Before putting them in the oven, I sprinkled the balls of dough with a touch of crushed sea salt. It was a last-minute, but very necessary addition. The salt brings out all of the cookie’s sweet medley of flavors, especially the caramel. I simply adore salted caramel in any which way. I know I’m not alone here.

Sure enough to be one of your favorite cookies this holiday season, these overstuffed, super-chunky, double-chewy, soft-baked cookies will please just about any crowd. I mean, who can pass up a cookie? Especially a cookie lookin’ this good?!

Not this girl.

Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Print Recipe

You won't get enough of these irresistible salted chocolate chip cookies with gooey caramel and pecans.

24 cookies


  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed dark brown sugar (light brown would be fine)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (aka corn flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (135g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (71g) chopped pecans
  • 16 wrapped caramels, cut into 4 or 5 pieces each
  • sea salt


  1. Line an ungreased cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. On low speed, slowly mix it into the wet ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Dough will be thick and sticky. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  4. Drop 1 Tbsp balls of dough onto cookie sheet OR used a standard-sized cookie scoop. If the dough is too crumbly, use your hands to roll the balls of dough. Press a few pieces of caramel onto the tops of the cookies and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. Do NOT cook them longer than 10 minutes. Remove and let cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to cooling rack. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for 1 week.

Additional Notes:

*Make sure to keep dough cold at all times while the batches are baking. I kept my dough in the refrigerator in between batches. Do not drop dough onto warm cookie sheets; allow sheets to cool between batches.

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112 Responses to “Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

  1. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted December 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    You really are the cookie queen! And you know I like my cookies, super-chunk style, especially when ooey gooey caramel candies are involved!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      aww why thank you miss chung-ah! your comments always make me smile!


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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted December 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Holy yummy!


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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted December 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I feel like I can use the word heavenly to describe ALL your goodies! Yet another heavenly creation, Sally! Fabulous. :) And I love that cornstarch trick!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      yes! add cornstarch to your next cookie recipe :)


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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted December 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Things I love about this post:

    1) The fact that these cookies are STUFFED with goodness. Always the best.
    2) The second picture. It has me drooling. You are the queen of perfect silpat pictures. I always have a hard time with them. And the salt crystals are so sharp, and practically jumping off the screen!
    3) Just an other one of your perfect looking flavor combinations!
    4) You. In general :)


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Ari! you are so sweet and so funny – and you are making me blush!! i appreciate it and glad you like my super up-close cookie shot! i thought it was toooooo close but whatever :)


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted December 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    There is no strong will to resist these cookies! Talk about packed with goodies! Love these, Sally!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      thank you Anna! After my first bite – I literally said out loud, “these are dangerous!” No strong will, indeed!


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    The Witch's Kitchenposted December 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    hmmmm…Caramel in chocolate chip cookes….

    Must try!


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted December 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Turtle cookies! Be still my heart :) look at those scrumptious puddles of sweet and salty caramel. Sometimes, I wish I could morph to the size of a Polly Pocket if only for the fact that I’d be small enough to swim in one of those luscious caramel puddles. Don’t you? Anyway, these cookies rock!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      i love chocolate turtles. :) and I love polly pockets!! my favorite toys when i was a litle girl lol


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted December 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I can practically smell how wonderful and delicious these cookies are!! They look spectacular!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      thank you miss kayle! being in the kitchen as they baked – i couldn’t even WAIT for them to get out of the oven. the smell of baking cookies is almsot as good as how they taste… *almost* :)


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    Ashleyposted December 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Love love love this combination! Although you are killing me with all these creations! I keep adding things to my ever-growing must bake list for this Christmas haha not enough hours in the day!!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      i’ve been on cookie-posting overload lately! trust me, my christmas to-bake list keeps growing too! :)


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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted December 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for relinking all the recipes you did, espi the Buttery Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake and the Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies and okay, the last three. Well the whole thing. I want all of them and had forgotten about a few!

    These cookies are awesome looking. Glad you were able to participate in the 12 Days series – can’t wait to see what other tricks you have up your sleeve! And yes, the cornstarch in cookies makes such a huge difference! And I love caramel, in any form. Great cookies, Sally!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Averie! I know you love caramel and putting together this post reminded me how many recipes with caramel I need to make again!


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    Becky @ Olives n Wineposted December 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    The ONE thing I cannot resist this season is salted caramel. How did you know??!? 😉 I am actually considering making these tonight and sharing them with my coworkers tomorrow. YUM.


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      i adore salted caramel!! ahh if you make these tonight, let me know how they turn out. :)


  12. #
    Deniseposted December 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I am late on the salted-caramel bandwagon, but just made some cookies this week-end with it…it is HEAVEN! I am officially hooked.
    I will have to give your cornstarch trick a try. My cookies can tend to deflate sometimes, I always thought the altitude in Calgary had something to do with it, but maybe cornstarch is the answer 😉


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      i know, isn’t salted caramel the best? especially in cookies. You must try the cornstarch and if you do – let me know how it goes! Thanks Denise!


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    Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted December 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Oh yes, I love this combo (but you probably knew that already!) Caramel is a huge weakness!


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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted December 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    salty & sweet everything! i love the fluffy cornstarch addition, it’s always my fav! this looks so pillow soft – can i lay down on it? haha…it might disappear and i don’t know why 😉


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    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfectionposted December 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Ever since you blogged about adding cornstarch to your cookies, I’ve been dying to try it. Chewy cookies are the only way cookies should be, so perfecting the soft, chewy texture is essential. Putting cornstarch on my grocery list right this second!!

    And, as always, I’m in love with your pictures. I love how sharp the details are…all the way down to the salt crystals. So beautiful! I’ve been so insanely busy that my pictures are total crap at the moment. It’s really discouraging. BUT as soon as my school project is done and over with I’m going camera shopping!! :)


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Hi miss elaine! let me know how the cornstarch cookies go then – i expect a report back!! you will love them. camera shopping! how extremely exciting! email me anytime to talk cameras! sometimes i need to rush through photoshoots as well – and it’s frustrating. i know how you feel! good luck with your school project!


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    Caleyposted December 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    These look so great! I just got some of those little caramel bits; they seem perfect for this! Also, I love your pictures and the way you are able to randomly scatter chocolate chips/pecans around on the table in the shot. I can’t be random to save my life, haha. Too engineer-y. 😉


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Caley – your comment made me crack up! I have a lot of friends who are engineers and I think they would LOSE their minds if they were with my during a photoshoot! Thank you for the compliment though! Love those caramel bits – perfect for this recipe!


      • jillreplied on December 6th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

        How many if you use Carmel bits?

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    Jackieposted December 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Sally

    How did you crush your sea salt?


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      hi Jackie! I put a little bit of sea salt into a zipped-top bag and rolled over it with a rolling pin. You may also buy fine sea salt instead of course to avoid having to crush it yourself!


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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted December 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Your cookies always seem to have more add-ins than dough. I adore that about them…


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      i’m kind of obsessed with chunky cookies – over chunky! i’m glad you like that too :)


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    Kristy @Sweet Treats & Moreposted December 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    You amaze me with the cookies you create! Amazing!!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      thanks Kristy! that means a lot.


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    Emily @ Life on Foodposted December 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! I cannot imagine you topping them with the other 11 days. I will be sure to check them out.


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      aww thanks Emily! the 12 days of cookies is actually a series of posts i am apart of with my network – i won’t be posting 12 in a row! sorry about the confusion. :)


  21. #
    Reeniposted December 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    You’re after my sweet and salty cookie-loving heart with these dreamy cookies Sally! You have so many good tricks and tips for cookie baking. I hope you write a cookie cookbook someday! I’ll be first in line to buy it. I see someone else has nicknamed you the cookie queen! Love it.


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      That means so much to me, Reeni – all of your sweet comments do! Your support is amazing, I hope to write a cookie cookbook one day!!! My dream.


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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)posted December 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Rivers of caramel sound glorious, but not burnt ones :) Good tip on putting the caramel pieces in afterward! I love the idea of caramel AND pecans in regular chocolate chip cookies.


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      I learned the hard way about mixing the caramels into the dough. HUGE mess! Ahh.


  23. #
    Jessposted December 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    My mom and I both have a “thing” for chocolate turtles too! I love that there’s caramel literally oozing out of these cookies – fabulous!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Jess! chocolate turtles are still one of my favorite candies! Soooo simple and yet, so good. :)


  24. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted December 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Sally these look great! I’m participating in the series too!! How fun is that?! You definitely make me want to grab a bag and caramel and eat it. Seriously, the cookie with the caramel drizzling out…OMG.


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      That is AWESOME Aimee! I jumped at the opportunity to be apart of it! the caramel drizzling out – that was the best cookie of the batch. :)


  25. #
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted December 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Just when I think you’ve posted the best cookie recipe there is…then you post another one! :-) I’m dying to try that cornstarch trick. I think I’ll bake some cookies this weekend, for “research” purposes!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      “research!” Yes, I love it Ashley haha!! Whenever Kevin wants to order dessert and i’m super full, he entices me by saying “but Sally.. it’s research…” lol


  26. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted December 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Sally, you continue to amaze me. I want rivers of caramel for dessert tonight thankyouverymuch!


  27. #
    Jen @ Savory Simpleposted December 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I love how creative you are with your cookies!


  28. #
    Laura Dembowskiposted December 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Those cookies look awesome, Sally! Love all the gooey caramel.


  29. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted December 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I am dying over these!! Holy smokes!!!!!!!!


    • Sallyreplied on December 3rd, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Katrina! Thanks for stopping over – that means a lot!


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    Live a Sweet Lifeposted December 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Salted caramel is amazing. I love how it’s oozing out of the cookies. Looks and sounds super yummy!


    • Sallyreplied on December 4th, 2012 at 5:42 am

      I can never get enough salted caramel – especially dripping off the cookies :)


  31. #
    Rachel Cooksposted December 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Oh wow—these look seriously, seriously amazing.


  32. #
    Lyndaposted December 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Always on the lookout for new cookie recipes to try and these look too delicious not to! Also love your blog, so pleased I stumbled upon it!



    • Sallyreplied on December 4th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Lynda! I’m so glad you found my site as well. :) Let me know if you give these cookies a shot!


  33. #
    Herbivore Triathleteposted December 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

    These cookies looked crammed to the brim with delicious-ness! I’m going to have to try the cornstarch trick with my next batch of cookies.


  34. #
    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchenposted December 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Every time I come to your blog my Sweet Tooth kicks into High Gear! As always amazing cookies! I just love them!


    • Sallyreplied on December 4th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      thank you chandra – you are the sweetest. :)


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    Rachel @ Bakeritaposted December 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Those puddle of caramel look like heaven!! Definitely trying these…love the cornstarch addition to make them soft.


    • Sallyreplied on December 4th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Rachel! you must try cornstarch in cookies – and melted caramel too of course. :)


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    sarah k @ the pajama chefposted December 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    i’m not a nuts-in-baked goods person but i know a few people who are, so this would be a great gift! i love the idea of the caramel. :)


    • Sallyreplied on December 4th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      sometimes i like nuts in my baked goods, sometimes i don’t – they work here and i know i wouldn’t miss them anyway with all the salted caramel. thanks sarah :)


  37. #
    Laura (Got Chocolate)posted December 5, 2012 at 12:30 am

    My 13-year-old daughter would LOVE these. She’s a caramel freak! I love how you constantly blend so many different flavors together and they come out perfect!



    • Sallyreplied on December 5th, 2012 at 9:14 am

      caramel lover and chocoalte lover – sounds like these cookeis are perfet for both you and your daughter Laura!!


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    Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted December 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

    When I go back to the US (I got BlogHer Food tickets! Are you going?!) I’m going to have even a huger list of stuff to bring back, thanks to you. :) I need caramels! These look SO good. Long live the cookie queen. 😀


    • Sallyreplied on December 5th, 2012 at 11:38 am

      i’m not sure i’ll be able to go to BlogHer next year Erin!!! my friend is getting married that weekend. :( But yes – put caramels on your list!!!


      • Erin @ Texanerin Bakingreplied on December 5th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        Why are all the friends of food bloggers getting married that weekend?! Boooo. :(

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    Angela @ AnotherBitePleaseposted December 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I think I am doing like 25 days of cookies or more….I have to keep adding your cookie recipes to my lists of to make for Christmas!


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    Erikaposted December 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Sally, you are the total queen of cookies! These look so chunky-licious. I really need to try your cornstarch trick soon, because I want cookies that turn out like these!

    PS. I’m hosting a cookie swap this weekend and I am SO EXCITED I think I’m going to make your chocolate-dipped pretzel peanut butter things…I’ve been wanting to make them for awhile and this will be perfect! (Aka when other people are around to eat them!)


    • Sallyreplied on December 5th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Erika! You are so sweet. You have to try cornstarch in your next cookie batch ok? You will just love the results, I promise. Have fun with those chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites – they have been and still are one of my favorite “recipes” – they are completely ADDICTING… just a warning. 😉 A cookie swap sounds so fun!


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    Trudyposted December 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    These look amazing! Must try!


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    katie @ OhShineOnposted December 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm



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    Heidi @ Food Doodlesposted December 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Yum! Those big pieces of salt are just awesome! And the puffiness of these is impressive! I’m usually disappointed by my cookies when they come out of the oven and deflate but these look so great :)


    • Sallyreplied on December 9th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Cookies sinking in after they cool – yes, that it the worst. These stay nice and puffy and are even softer the next day. perfect! Thanks Heidi!


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    Bethposted December 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    So, so good! Perfect for Christmas gifts too!


    • Sallyreplied on December 16th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks Beth! I adore these cookies and yes, they make wonderful Christmas gifts for sure!


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    Melissaposted January 25, 2013 at 2:43 am

    These cookies are absolutely amazingly delicious. Maybe some of the best. I sprinkled coarse kosher salt in mine instead of sea salt, as I am not a sea salt fan. The texture was a little crumbly, though, I will say.


    • Sallyreplied on January 25th, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Hi Melissa! I’m so glad to hear that. The texture is supposed to be soft and chewy. Do you live in high altitude? Sorry they were crumbly but regardless, I’m glad you like them!


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    Neilposted February 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I can’t get this one to print. Could you look into this for me, please and thank you.


    • Sallyreplied on February 13th, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Hi Neil! My Print option has been down for a few weeks. I’ve let WordPress know about the issue and they say they are working on it. You may copy/paste the recipe into an email or word doc to print is desired. Thank you!


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    Liz Mobleyposted March 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I made these cookies on a Saturday and they were gone Sunday morning! BEST cookie recipe I’ve ever come across, thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on March 18th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Hey Liz! That’s great! I love these cookies too – they are my mom’s very favorite. Caramel, chocolate, pecans – can’t go wrong.


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    Kimberlyposted April 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Sally! These cookies look Amazing!! I am making my list and heading to the store to get what I need to make them. What kind of caramels do you use? Do I have to find salted caramels? Not sure which ones to get. Thankss.



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    aimee @ like mother like daughterposted April 21, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Sally, I tried making these cookies, like these but with pretzel instead of pecan. I changed the dough a little, but the carmel just oozed everywhere and melted all over the pan. How do I get the caramel to not do that? I mixed it in the dough, should I just put it on top of the balls instead of mixing it in? And I used homemade soft caramels, do you think that makes a big difference? Anyway, still seriously delicious!


    • Sallyreplied on April 21st, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Hi Aimee – yep, you can’t mix the caramels into the dough. I noted that in the post: An important item to note before baking these cookies is that the caramels are not added to the dough with your other mix-ins. Rather, you will stick a few small cut-up pieces of soft caramel candies onto the tops of your cookie dough balls as you drop them onto the baking sheet. Doing so will prevent caramel from melting and creating a burnt river of caramel underneath your cookies as they bake.” Let me know if you retry them. Thank you!


      • aimee @ like mother like daughterreplied on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        Thanks for your help! I guess I wasn’t thinking clearly when I thought I could mix them in. I will definitely be making these again with the caramels just on top and I will let you know how it goes!

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    valposted May 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

    You by far make the best baked goods!


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    Oliviaposted June 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Do you think these would be okay to freeze? They look delicious but I still don’t think I could eat them all by myself! :)


    • Sallyreplied on June 4th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Yep, you may freeze them – up to 3 months. Warm them up a bit before eating.


      • Oliviareplied on June 4th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        Thanks so much! I can’t wait to try these, they look amazing!

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    Heatherposted September 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I’m an extremely novice cookie maker, do you think I could bake the caramels in the middle of the cookie, like what you do with your Dark Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies.


  53. #
    Chadposted September 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I was thinking about putting caramel sauce in the cookie base (since its just sugar and milk fat in another form). Thoughts on that?


    • Sallyreplied on September 23rd, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I fear the cookies would spread uncontrollably from liquid sugar. But you could try it out if you’d like. I can’t be 100% certain without trying it out.


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    Amberposted December 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Anyone ever try using the Caramel baking bits instead of the wrapped Caramels? If so, how many cups would be recommended to substitute?


    • Amberreplied on December 18th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Answer found. Silly me. Thanks anyway. :)


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    Kate M.posted January 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I’ve made these before and LOVED them! I am thinking of making them tonight for a friend’s birthday.

    What are your thoughts on white chocolate chips in place of or mixed with the semi-sweet chocolate chips? Just wondering if you’ve tried that at all.


    • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      I’ve never tried that before but something tells me white chocolate chips would be amazing, Kate! Especially paired with the pecans and caramel. Try it!


      • Kate M.replied on January 3rd, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        Oh. My. Gosh. It is SO good with white chocolate chips… I am simply reeling from the deliciousness! 😀

  56. #
    Vicki Slaterposted February 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Also, adding a box of instant vanilla pudding causes cookies to be soft (even if you leave them in a few minutes too long) and thick!


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    Carrie of Bella Cupcake Coutureposted May 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    OMG These look amazing! I am going to try to make these as soon as possible. Also I would LOVE to share some of our cupcake wrappers with you if you’d like to test them out on your upcoming cupcake recipes. Just send me a note.

    Thanks so much!


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    Kate M.posted September 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Sally, have you ever put these cookies in the freezer to save for later? I can never eat as many cookies as I bake, so that’s what I usually do. I’m not sure how the caramel would hold up in the freezer. What do you think?


    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Yep – they are good frozen up to 2-3 months.


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    Rosalindaposted December 22, 2014 at 8:04 am

    How many dozen does this make?


    • Sallyreplied on December 22nd, 2014 at 8:11 am




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