Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

April 14, 2012 by Ali

Ok, I have a new favorite ingredient in the candy aisle: Kraft’s Caramel Bits.

I’ve been a caramel lover for years and years, but only recently discovered this adorable, tiny little caramel bits hidden next to their normal, individually-packaged predecessors. These little guys are about the size of chocolate chips and perfect¬†for baking!!!

So I decided to try and replicate a salted caramel chocolate cookie recipe I had the other night at a work party. Basically just took my favorite double chocolate chip cookie recipe, added in the bag of caramel bits, and then sprinkled each cookie with a pinch of sea salt. And oh my heavens. Perfection.

I may have already made two batches in one week. :)

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18-24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or dark chocolate cocoa powder)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (11 oz.) bag Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • coarse sea salt

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the caramel bits and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Press each cookie down slightly to flatten, then sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Ali’s Tip:

If you cannot find the caramel bits, you could also cut normal caramels into 1/4″ cubes for this recipe.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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20 thoughts on “Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

  1. I am going to try these. How many cookies does each batch make?

    - Cathy DeMarco

  2. These were amazingly good. The touch of salt really just puts them over the top. My coworkers raved! I froze the last 6 in dough form form for a future “cookie emergency.”

    - Joanna

  3. These sound divine. Was hoping to make them for a cookie exchange I have this weekend. About how many cookies does this recipe yield?

    - Susan

  4. Also fantastic: basic chocolate cookies with these caramel bits, chocolate chips, and the Reese’s peanut butter chips. Can’t get enough of that combo.

    - merveille

  5. Would love to know how you kept them from falling apart! I baked these (and blogged about them) today and they are amazingly delicious but I could not get them off the trays in one piece to save my life. Would love to know your secret! Am thinking of trying wax paper next time, because there will definitely be a next time.

    P.S. Your blog name is amazing.

    - Jessica

  6. gah! i need these in my life STAT!

    - katie

  7. made these over the weekend. AMAZING! definately adding this to my regular cookie rotation.

    - Ashley

  8. OH my gosh i also love those caramel bits…
    if you look on the back of the bag their caramel apple recipe is oh so good!!!!!!!

    - Mary

  9. Are caramel bits just smaller pieces of soft/chewy caramel candies?

    - Samantha Angela

  10. My husband will love these…must make them for him

    - The Food Hunter

  11. Triple Yum, these look so good. I will have to go and find some of those caramel bits, I haven’t seen them since Christmas, and make these as soon as possible. Caramel, Chocolate, and little salt = my favorite flavor combination.

    - Ronda

  12. I made these today….they were so good! My husband warmed a few up in the microwave and topped it with some vanilla ice cream. Yum! I always keep caramel bits on hand to put in my Chocolate Chip Caramel and Pretzel cookies.

    This cookie recipe is a keeper!

    - Kim

  13. These look SO good! I also recently found caramel bits, and started using them in your caramel apple cider cookies, so good!

    - Heidi

  14. Looks fantastic!

    - Blog is the New Black

  15. I love these caramel bits too. They are so perfect for baking!

    - Cassie

  16. Yum! You could never go wrong with the marriage of chocolate and caramel!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  17. Those look so good! I’m totally in love with those little caramel bits too, so fun to bake with!

    - Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab