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 sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 sallysbakingaddiction.com

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

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


Yield:
24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 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) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons 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

Directions:

  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.

Recipe 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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119 Comments

Comments

  1. Rachel Cooks on December 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Oh wow—these look seriously, seriously amazing.

  2. Lynda on 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!

    http://lyndajanecakes.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

    • Sally on December 4, 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!

  3. Herbivore Triathlete on 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.

  4. [email protected] Plaid and Paisley Kitchen on 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!

    • Sally on December 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      thank you chandra – you are the sweetest. 🙂

  5. Rachel @ Bakerita on 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.

    • Sally on December 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

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

  6. sarah k @ the pajama chef on 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. 🙂

    • Sally on December 4, 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 🙂

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  8. Laura (Got Chocolate) on 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!

    😀

    • Sally on December 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

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

  9. Erin @ Texanerin Baking on 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. 😀

    • Sally on December 5, 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 Baking on December 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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



  10. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease on 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!

  11. Erika on 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!)

    • Sally on December 5, 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!

  12. Trudy on December 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    These look amazing! Must try!

  13. katie @ OhShineOn on December 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Nice.

  14. Heidi @ Food Doodles on 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 🙂

    • Sally on December 9, 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!

  15. Beth on December 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    So, so good! Perfect for Christmas gifts too!

    • Sally on December 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

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

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  20. Melissa on 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.

    • Sally on January 25, 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!

  21. Neil on 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.

    • Sally on February 13, 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!

  22. Liz Mobley on 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!

    • Sally on March 18, 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.

  23. Kimberly on 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.

    Kim

  24. aimee @ like mother like daughter on 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!

    • Sally on April 21, 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 daughter on April 22, 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!



  25. val on May 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

    You by far make the best baked goods!

  26. Olivia on 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! 🙂

    • Sally on June 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm

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

      • Olivia on June 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm

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



  27. Heather on 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.

  28. Chad on 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?

    • Sally on September 23, 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.

  29. Amber on 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?
    Thanks!

    • Amber on December 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Answer found. Silly me. Thanks anyway. 🙂

  30. Kate M. on 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.

    • Sally on January 3, 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. on January 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm

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



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