Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

Decadent dark chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel and topped with sea salt. Totally worth every bite!

Decadent dark chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel and topped with sea salt. Totally worth every bite! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

When Nestlé Toll House approached me last month to be apart of their Dark Pinspirations SweepstakesI nearly fell off my chair! You see, today’s cookies were in a Nestle baking contest with some other great talent! If you like dark chocolate, you have to check out the other recipes in the contest.

Update: My cookies won the contest! Yep, the cookies you see here are worth $5,000 and won the Nestle Baking Contest. I can’t thank you all enough for voting! I call them my $5,000 cookies. 😉

Decadent dark chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel and topped with sea salt. Totally worth every bite! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Making them is so easy.

The chocolate cookie recipe is quite simple and standard. I use extra cocoa powder to make them even more fudgy. The more chocolate, the better. I stuff the cookies with chocolate coated caramel candies and Nestlé® Toll House® Dark Chocolate Morsels and top each of them with sea salt before throwing into the oven.

I love those Dark Chocolate Morsels and have been using them left and right in my recent recipes. I’ll link up to some dark chocolate recipes at the bottom of this post for you.

Decadent dark chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel and topped with sea salt. Totally worth every bite! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

To make the chocolate cookies, start with some room temperature butter. Beat the butter in the mixing bowl with a stand or hand mixer for about 20 seconds on medium speed before adding any sugar. This gets it nice and creamed. Add 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar. The brown sugar does not have to be packed and you may use light brown sugar instead. I prefer dark brown sugar because it has a richer, more robust flavor than light brown.

Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat the mixture and scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl with a spatula as needed. The wet ingredients are ready, so set them aside. Moving onto the dry ingredients…

Decadent dark chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel and topped with sea salt. Totally worth every bite! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I like to sift the dry ingredients together. Unsweetened cocoa powder can be quite lumpy and you don’t want any dry pockets of it in your cookies, so sifting it with the flour, baking soda, and salt just makes it easier to incorporate into the dough.

Once your dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add them slowly to the wet ingredients. I like to take a measuring cup and add about 1/2 cup of dry ingredients at a time with the mixer running on low. This allows the dry and wet to be mixed together easily and prevents a huge powdery explosion all over my kitchen!

Don’t forget the last two crucial ingredients. The cookie dough is quite thick, so you need *some* liquid to thin it out again. Use 2 Tablespoons of milk, no more! Any more will make your dough VERY sticky and unmanageable. Trust me, I’ve tried. After the milk is mixed in by hand, add the 1.5 cups of Nestlé® Toll House® Dark Chocolate Morsels. I like a lot of morsels in every bite.

Chill the dough for at least 1-2 hours. Two hours is preferred. The longer you chill the dough, the less sticky it will be – making it much easier to handle in the next step. I even chill mine for 4 hours when I have the time.

Dark chocolate cookies with sea salt and caramel

Now comes the fun part! Grab 18 chocolate coated caramel candies or regular soft caramel candies (I prefer to use Rolos). Take 2 Tablespoons of chilled dough and split in half. Roll each into a ball with your hands. Stick a caramel into 1 ball, sort of like a cradle. I have a picture of how I do this in this similar cookie recipe. Top the caramel with the other ball of dough and seal down the sides so that the caramel is securely stuffed inside.

Top the cookie with a sprinkle of sea salt. I love salty sweet cookies! Chocolate, caramel, and salt are a winning combination and taste remarkable in this thick, soft cookie recipe.

Now it’s time to bake. About 12-13 minutes in the oven. The chocolate cookies are rather large and they will appear undone and very soft when you remove them from the oven. That is OK, I promise. The cookies will continue to bake as they cool on the cookie sheet.

I always slightly underbake cookies so that they remain soft. These chocolate cookies keep beautifully, and even get even softer on day 2. And remained soft for 7 whole days. They only lasted that long because I forgot about one lonesome cookie in my cookie jar. 😉

Just wait until you try one fresh out of the oven!

Decadent dark chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel and topped with sea salt. Totally worth every bite! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Now let’s look at the selling points here:

  • Caramel oozing everywhere.
  • Melty dark chocolate.
  • Fudge brownie-like interior.
  • Sea salt on top to accentuate the sweetness.
  • Heavenly!

Thick cookies, chewy exterior, soft-baked consistency. All of my cookie requirements! I know you are going to love these chocolate cookies. And they are surprisingly easy to make.

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Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 16-18 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Decadent dark chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel and topped with sea salt. Totally worth every bite!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2/3 cup (58g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (270g) Nestlé® Toll House® Dark Chocolate Morsels
  • 1617 chocolate coated caramels, such as Rolos
  • coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed for about 20 seconds. Add the sugars with the mixer running on medium speed. Cream it all together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. In a separate medium size bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together. Slowly add to the wet ingredients. Stir in the milk, then fold in the dark chocolate morsels. The dough will be thick and very sticky. Chill for at least 1-2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  4. Take 2 Tablespoons of chilled dough and split in half and roll each into a ball with your hands. Stick a caramel into 1 ball of dough. Top the caramel with the other ball of dough and seal down the sides so that the caramel is securely stuffed inside. Repeat with the rest of the dough and 18 caramel candies. Sprinkle each with sea salt before putting into the oven.
  5. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: caramel chocolate cookies, salted caramel dark chocolate cookies

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

390 Comments

  1. Liked your recipe 🙂

    These sound so indulgent and tasty! I’m eating one of your skinny brownies as we speak, and I’m simultaneously craving this gooey caramel, salty, dark chocolate deliciousness 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Kelly! And guess what? I just made another batch of those skinny brownies this week =) LOVE them!

  2. Pinned! These look wonderful… dark chocolate and salted caramel are two of my favourite things.

    Now, about that camera…

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Not that I needed any prompting (I mean my god LOOK AT THOSE COOKIES) but I just repinned it to 5 of my boards. 😀 Good luck Sally I hope your cookies bring home the gold!

  4. I so hope you win!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be repinning!! In the meantime…. they look delicious and I’m not even a caramel girl. You had me at the sea salt. I used sea salt in your XXL dark chocolate cookie and it was fabulous!!
    You are on your way to great things… so glad I’m here cheering you on!

    1. I LOVE that idea Meredith! Sea salt on my XXL cookie. That is a must try! Thank you so much for repining my friend!

  5. How amazing is this?! I definitely repinned twice and liked it! Here’s to hoping you win! You deserve it, Sally 🙂

  6. OF COURSE I just went and liked+repinned these dark cookies! They look soo good and what a great opportunity. Congrats Sally!

  7. Congrats on being selected to be part of this contest! Your recipe looks amazing. I’ll make sure to head on over and like and pin away 🙂 I just bought some of Nestlé’s Dark Chocolate chips so your recipe comes at a perfect time!

    1. Becky, thank you for the pin! Let me know how you like these cookies – I am honestly obsessed with dark chocolate chips these days!

  8. Oh man Sally, you keep outdoing yourself! These look incredible. Good luck in the contest!!! I just hopped over to Pinterest to repin a few times and it looks like you are going to win by a landslide (fingers crossed!) 🙂

    1. Erika! You are the biggest support EVER! I always appreciate it. I need to pop over to your blog today. I need to fulfill a pancake craving! =)

  9. PINNED! Go get it, girl! My most favorite candy bar EVER is Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar with Caramel and Black Sea Salt, so I know these have got to be nothing less than AMAZING! Can’t wait to try them!

    1. Ahhhh Ashley, I LOVE those TJs dark choc sea salt bars! I’ve only had one before. I think I need to stock up! I pretty much love all TJs chocolate.. 😉

  10. It looks like your recipe is winning so far – no wonder there though – your pictures are the move beautiful and these cookies sound divine!

      1. How long is the contest open for ? I just checked Pinterest & you have everyone beat by 500+ pins right now!!! So hoping that means you will win, I can imagine that $5,000 will help you out a bunch!

  11. You are always the blog I go to when I need a good recipe for a party. Thanks girl!

  12. I definitely voted for these, they look awesome!! What kind of chocolate covered caramels did you use? The trader joes ones would be so delicious in here I bet!

      1. Sally, I’m not sure what caramels are, in the UK they are hard like toffees…did you use those type, or soft caramel like rolos? I desperately want to make these!!!! I love salt/sweet recipes. oh and BTW thought about a sweet chilli recipe?

        p.s my colleagues LOVED the oatmeal rasinet cookies

      2. Hi Sam! I used a soft caramel like rolo, yes. Let me know how you like them, these are a favorite cookie of mine. Thank you!

  13. Of course I voted/pinned these. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you win. Gorgeous cookies! The melted caramel makes them even more irresistible!

    1. Thank you Eva! I wanted to scream from the rooftops when I saw your chocolate/salted caramel cupcakes yesterday. 🙂 I knew you would LOVE these cookies!

  14. These look wonderful and I will be making them as soon as I get home from my trip. Pinned from the contest page and you are way ahead. You go girl. Love your blog.

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