Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick and soft-baked salted caramel chocolate chip cookies are filled with caramel and sprinkled with sea salt. Sweet and a little salty, these always disappear quickly!

salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

These salted caramel chocolate chip cookies begin with the most popular cookie recipe on my blog: my beloved chewy chocolate chip cookies. To this fan favorite recipe, we add caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt. Everyone loves these thick, soft, chewy, and caramel-y cookies because they taste like salted caramel cookie dough when warm from the oven.

Truly– is there anything better than cookies and caramel?

salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

These Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies Are:

  • Thick and extra chewy
  • Rich and buttery
  • Soft-baked style
  • Relatively easy– no mixer required
  • Sweet and salty
  • Stuffed with gooey caramel
  • Topped with crunchy sea salt
  • Based off of my chocolate chip cookies recipe

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies Video

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How to Make Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  2. Beat the wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. 
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to combine them.
  5. Chill the cookie dough. Chilling is mandatory– at least 3-4 hours, but if you have time I highly recommend chilling the cookie dough overnight for less spreading.
  6. Shape the cookie dough. Take 1 scant Tablespoon of cookie dough, stick a caramel inside, and place 1 more scant Tablespoon of cookie dough on top. Smooth the cookie dough over the caramel to completely hide it inside the dough ball.
  7. Sprinkle with coarse salt + bake. These cookies take about 12-13 minutes to bake. If they didn’t spread much in the oven, press them down lightly after you remove them from the oven. Do not over-bake the cookies. The cookies will appear very soft and undone at the 12 minute mark. However, they will continue to bake for about 10 minutes as you allow them to cool on the cookie sheet. The cookies you see in this post were baked for 12 minutes.

salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

Best Caramels to Use

The best caramel candies to use are either (1) Rolo candies (the little chocolate covered caramels) or (2) Werther’s brand soft caramels. Kraft caramel squares seem to have gotten firmer and harder in the past couple years and won’t create a gooey caramel center like Rolos or the Werther’s. If you’re up for it, you can even use homemade soft caramels! The caramel you use definitely matters, so stick to my suggestions. If using Werther’s brand, fold them in half because they are pretty long and won’t fit inside the cookie dough ball otherwise. I always have the best luck with Rolo candies.

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salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 15 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Chewy chocolate chip cookies with caramel hiding inside! These cookies are unbelievable and disappear every time I make them.


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/4 cup (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips
  • 15 Rolo candies (or other chocolate coated caramel)
  • sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft, yet thick. Fold in the chocolate chips. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to combine them. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or up to 3-4 days. Chilling is mandatory. I highly recommend chilling the cookie dough overnight for less spreading.
  3. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, 1.5 Tablespoons each. You’ll have about 30 balls, give or take. The dough will be crumbly, but the warmth of your hands will allow the balls to stay intact. Make a thumbprint into one dough ball and press the Rolo inside. Cover the Rolo with another dough ball and mold the two dough balls around the Rolo, making sure it is completely wrapped inside. See photo above for a visual. Gently press down on the large cookie dough ball to *slightly* flatten and 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 and underbaked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet.
  6. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. If the cookies still look too puffy when you remove them from the oven, gently press down on them a little more.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls (with caramel inside) freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Here’s how to freeze cookie dough.
  2. Eggs: Room temperature egg + egg yolk are preferred. To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, simply place the whole eggs into a glass of warm water for 10 minutes.
  3. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: salted caramel chocolate chip cookies, caramel chocolate chip cookies

30 Comments

  1. Lisa McNair says:

    I just made these (made the batter 2 days ago) and they turned out delicious and beautiful! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  2. Literally THEE best cookies I have ever made! SO fun and delicious!!! Crispy golden brown on the outside, nice and chewy on the inside! Great amount of chocolate to cookie. A lot going on with the sweet/salty and different textures. HUGE hit!

  3. I just made my first batch of these, the only difference being that I used dark brown sugar instead of light brown. I made them a little thick on purpose and made 9 of these cookies. (they were giant cookies, because I love giant cookies) They were SO delicious that I am working on my next batch already!

  4. Hi Sally,

    I just wanted to thank you for this amazing recipe! I have made chocolate chip cookies before, but these were BY FAR the best of them all. The cookies came out really well and stayed chewy even when I baked them the night before. Everyone loved them at the party! i mean what more could you ask for in this decadent chocolate chip cookie with a caramel center?

  5. Sally, I made these recently and they were SO DELICIOUS, so so delicious. I had really high expectations for these cookies and was almost skeptical that they could be THAT good — but they really are, I had to use all my willpower not to shove cookie after cookie into my mouth. Now I’ve been obsessively scouring your site trying to decide which things to bake for upcoming holiday parties! How oh how am I going to choose amongst so many delicious options??

    And on another note, i really appreciate the obvious hard work that goes into your website and your recipes. I sometimes find trying recipes from blogs a bit frustrating because the bloggers do not respond to reader questions and feedback. So it’s refreshing to see a blogger who is so interactive with readers and tries to make every reader’s chance of success with a recipe as high as possible. Major props for that, it is much appreciated!

  6. Hi Sally, this is a combination of all my favourite things! It looks so delicious and I’m definitely going to try it. I was just wondering if it would still work to stuff an oatmeal cookie dough with snickers or rolos? Can’t wait to try them, Natasha

    1. Hey Natasha! Yep, you can certainly use an oatmeal cookie dough and stuff candies in there like snickers or rolos. Here is my favorite oatmeal cookie base recipe: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/02/11/loaded-oatmeal-cookies/

  7. Just made these for the second time using the new Ghirardelli mini caramel squares in place of the Rolo’s. More caramel, yum!

  8. My daughter found this recipe and has made these many times —- they are always a big hit at family gatherings. WARNING —- they are addictive!

  9. I LOVE these cookies, they are so good. I usually make them for church or just for fun. These are the best cookies I’ve ever had and I’m always getting compliments. Thank you for being bored one day and making these

  10. These were absolutely excellent!  Cookie genius status.

  11. Danielle Andre says:

    I made this cookies this weekend. My hubby pretty much ate  the whole batch by himself.  I did crank heat to 350 and let the cookies cool completely on cookie tray on cooling rack. Cookies stayed in tack. They were soft and chewy.  I doubled up on Rolo and added at piece in both balls of dough. And I added Rolo on top for added chocolatey carmaley goodness. Another great recipe Sally. Thanks

  12. I made this today and they look just like your photos! Absolutely delicious, thank you!

  13. These were the dessert for our New Year’s Eve celebration. They turned out amazing! I mixed up the dough on the 30th, rolled the balls on the morning of the 31st, and then baked them after dinner. It was SO hard to give them time to cool! They were a huge hit. Will definitely make these again!

  14. I bake for all of my children’s athletic events, and that is no small task! I have made these cookies so many times that I have lost count. Last week, my daughter’s coach walked up after her game and grabbed two cookies without a word! He knew this recipe and was not shy about helping himself. The only things I have done with this recipe are to mix the whole dough in a big pot that I start with melting the butter. Less dishes after it’s over. Also, I roll the dough balls with the Roll inside and then chill them from there. I find it is easier to handle the dough at room temp and moving the chilled dough balls is really easy when they are chilled.

  15. Sally- These look amazing. Do you think they could be made as a bar? Pressing cold dough layer into bottom or a lined jelly roll. Rolo’s pushed in throughout and then cold layer of dough with salt on top. What do you think?

    1. Yes yes yes! That should be excellent! I recommend a 9×9 inch square baking pan.

  16. These cookies were de-li-cious!!! Everybody loved them! I will definitely do them again. Kisses from Belgium!:)

  17. Hi Sally, do you think the Werther’s soft caramels would be okay instead of Rolos in this recipe?

    1. Absolutely!

  18. I love these cookies and have made them several times. I do have one question. What’s the purpose of the corn starch? I happen to not have any today.

    1. Keeps them extra soft! You can leave it out if needed.

  19. Urvashi Gupta says:

    Hi Sally!
    I really want to make these cookies but we don’t get caramel center chocolates here. Can I freeze dollops of the salted caramel recipe you’ve posted and then coat it with the cookie dough prior baking?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Urvashi, The caramel sauce could spread everywhere and may not work as a proper filling. You can use any type caramel candies or candy bars, or even try homemade Sea Salt Vanilla Caramels.

  20. Hi Sally,

    What type of chocolate chips do you recommend? Semi-sweet?

    Also, I plan to freeze these for a wedding cookie table, does the caramel remain gooey after thawed?

    Thank you for this recipe! I’m super excited to make it!

    Janet

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Janet, we recommend semi-sweet chocolate chips and yes, the caramel should still be soft after thawing the frozen cookies. Hope they’re a hit!

  21. Hi, can mini reese cups be used in the center too, just for a different taste?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      We can’t see why not!

  22. Hi Sally,
    Anxious to try this recipe! Question: The ingredients state 1 cup chocolate chips, divided. Unless I missed it, didn’t see where the divided chips were to occur or the amt. Do you incorporate the 1 cup into the dough and add more to the top of each cookie? That would make sense…more chocolate!! Thanks!

    1. Michelle @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Linda, Thanks so much for pointing this out! We have made the correction. You can incorporate the cup into the dough. Enjoy!

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