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 (280g) 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, divided
  • 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

217 Comments

  1. the baking cup - carolina says:

    Sally! The flavor combo sounds SO good. The cookies look so pretty as always!

  2. Oh my wooooooooooorrd Sally!!!!!!!!!!!! The gorgeousness of this cookie!

  3. Definitely freezing my next bag of Rolos, Liz! I freeze snickers bars (so good!).

  4. Hey ho!
    Just on Friday last week it was me who was searching at Google for a great cookie receipt stuffed with Rolos. And today – unbelieveable – you are posting the receipt at Facebook. Cannot wait to go home and try it. Will be my first receipt from you… just had to convert all cups to the German measures… Hope this will work out. Thanks for the greatest blog I’ve ever seen. And all the lovely photos. I recommend it to everybody who’s able to understand English 🙂 Sweet (like cookies) regards from Hamburg / Germany!

    1. Hi Stefanie! How perfect. 🙂 I hope you enjoy these cookies! I went ahead and added metric measurements to this post for my readers.

  5. Oh my gosh/oh my lanta! 😉 Caramel is SOOO decadent, and your stretchy-caramel pictures are great! I especially love the one with the caramel twisting like a ribbon between the two halves…did you somehow manage to turn one half of the cookie completely over before setting it down again? Amazing!! I think they are making those stand-up bags of mini Rolos (like the peanut butter cups, Snickers, Milky Way, etc.), so these could be small cookies too! I know so many people who would love these. I got my mom a bag of Lindor Lindt caramel chocolate truffles for Mother’s Day, and they were amazing. I’m sure adding a cookie around the chocolate and caramel is even better!! 😀

  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Hand these over and no one gets hurt. Omg yummm 😉

  7. Kelly @ Life made Sweeter says:

    These look so wonderfully decadent Sally! All your stuffed cookies are amazing but this one just tops them all with that gooey caramel filling. Love the sweet creations that you make when you are bored 🙂

  8. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says:

    These look so incredibly moist and chewy! Love that caramel center – yum!

    1. Hi Kelly! Thank you so very much, hearing from you is always so wonderful!

  9. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    I love these cookies- chocolate chips+ salted caramel just sounds like heaven!

  10. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    Stop it. I can’t take it. They look too good. THEY ARE SO THICK!! And you can see the softness, and I love the tiny crinkles in the tops and the flakes of sea salt, and ummm just everything about them. Want to eat ALL THE COOKIES!

    1. Thanks Ari!! I knew you would love these. They are right up your alley! 🙂

  11. Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    So glad these have Rolo’s in as we literally don’t have anything else in the UK! There are so many recipes I’ve wanted to make, but they use just caramel sweets and we don’t have any at all and I have searched EVERYWHERE!

  12. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    Rolo’s stuffed in cookie dough is always a winner in my book. Love this recipe!

  13. Beth @ The Collegiate Baker says:

    Oh my goodness, there are rolos inside these cookies! These sound and look wonderful! I could probably eat all of these in one sitting. 🙂

  14. Ruxandra @ Gourmandelle says:

    Oh Yum!! I’ll always love chocolate chip cookies 😀

  15. Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Best cookie flavor ever!!! Yummm

  16. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says:

    Oh my goodness, your cookies always look perfect Sally! I love that gooey caramel center. It look absolutely delicious! And your photos are always gorgeous. Lovely post…

    1. Thank you, Anne! For all the sweet compliments. 😀

  17. These look absolutely amazing, Sally! I’m headed to the beach next week and wanted some cookies that don’t require a mixer to make in the rental house. These will definitely fit the bill and it’s so nice that they stay soft for a bit longer….although no chance will these stick around in a house full of people for more than a day. 😉

    1. These cookies have the bad habit of disappearing… 😉 Thanks Jess and have fun at the beach!

  18. So, what I really need is your secret to staying skinny. I would eat all of these and not tell anyone!

  19. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Girl, these are off-the-chain fabulous! My favorite flavors all in one. And, that photo of the twisted melted caramel? Phenomenal! xo

    1. Thanks Stacy!

  20. mr. & Mrs. P says:

    What a lovely hidden suprise in this cookies!!

  21. Oh my goodness gracious, these look amazing! Amazing combination! And I love that a mixer isn’t necessary. 🙂

  22. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says:

    You are the master of cookies! These of course look awesome! And the gooey caramel – yum!

  23. Just finished making these…..oh mama are these amazing, can I please give you a hug for creating this outrageous concoction of a recipe?! I can’t wait to bring these into work at my new job, I thought its a good way to get to know more people and get em talking, these cookies will work wonders. I actually think you should call them cookies on crack! Oh by the way my recipe made about 17. (Lucky for me and the family) so we could test them out before hand. This is going on the mother of all cookies list, thanks again.

    1. Thanks for reporting back, Pat! So glad you love them!

  24. Heather @ French Press says:

    I have no words Sally…these MUST happen soon

  25. ATasteOfMadness says:

    Oh my goodness. These truly do look like the best cookies that ever lived. I love this!!

    1. Thank you!!

  26. I’m speechless. And also very glad no mixer required. I wish my birthday came before December!

    1. You’d LOVE these Katy!! xo

  27. Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net says:

    Cookies + caramel + chocolate = happy girl! So hungry right now.

  28. Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) says:

    These look so incredible! I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Rolos. Sissy Rolo has been my brother’s nickname for me for years.

    Your cookies just get prettier and prettier. I’m impressed!

    1. Sissy Rolo – I love it!

  29. Nancy @ gottagetbaked says:

    Chocolate, caramel and sea salt are the trifecta of cookie perfection. These look ah-may-zing, Sally. I love the way your mind works! And these photos are works of art, especially the ones with the gooey caramel.

    1. Work of art? Thanks Nancy – so nice of you to say!

  30. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    They look awesome! Love the gooey centers

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