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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel chocolate chip cookies are a soft, chewy, and flavorful dessert. The sea salt brings out the flavor combinations of caramel and chocolate.

Salted caramel chocolate chip cookies on a counter.

A Cookie Worth Making

There’s nothing better than a homemade cookie piping hot out of the oven with melting chocolate chip cookies and plenty of caramel to go around.

This cookie is definitely worth making and adding to your holiday cookie list. In fact, it’s right up there in the running for winning the yearly cookie exchange.

Chocolate chip cookies with caramel on a counter.

What Ingredients Do I Need For the Homemade Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies?

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sea salt
  • Pre-packaged caramels

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How Do I Make the Best Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies?

  1. Start by adding the softened butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix.
  2. Next, add the granulated and brown sugars to the bowl and mix.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix.
  4. Cut the caramels in half and add to the bowl, along with the semi-sweet chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  6. Scoop onto a cookie sheet and add a few more chocolate chips and pieces of caramel to the top of the cookie.
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 9-11 minutes.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butter, eggs, and vanilla extract in a glass bowl.

Start by adding the softened butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix.

Butter, eggs, brown and white sugar in a glass bowl.

Next, add the granulated and brown sugars to the bowl and mix.

Flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl with sugar and butter for cookies.

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the bowl and mix.

Chocolate chips and caramels in a bowl with cookie batter.

Finally, add the chocolate chips and caramels to the bowl. Mix the ingredients and refrigerate the dough for at least 45 minutes.

I bought the baking caramels and cut them half so they wouldn’t be as large.

You can also buy the caramel bits, which are smaller and you don’t have to unwrap.

Why Do I Have To Refrigerate The Cookie Dough?

The cookies tend to spread less when they bake if you place them into the oven while still cold.

Cookie dough on a cookie sheet with caramels and chocolate chips.

Once you’ve refrigerated the cookie dough, scoop it onto a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Prepare for a little bit of messiness because the caramel can get a little messy. But, so worth baking these cookies.

I like to add a few more chocolate chips and maybe stick a caramel on top, as well, to make it a little prettier when it bakes.

I have a scoop that is fairly large, but you can use a spoon and then roll the dough between your hands.

You’ll get about two dozen cookies if you scoop the dough about 1-1/2-inches thick. You can always make them a little smaller, as well.

Caramel and chocolate chips cookies on the counter.

Other delicious desserts:

  • Cream cheese brownies are a hit any time of year and they are so moist and chocolatey.
  • Brownie cake is made with only a few ingredients and turns out so rich and decadent. Plus, it has a sinfully delicious homemade chocolate icing on top.
  • Snickerdoodle bars taste just like the cookies, but are thicker, chewier, and very, very good.
  • Old fashioned peanut butter fudge is always a must around the holidays. The traditional recipe is made with real peanut butter and comes out so creamy and rich.
  • Sweetened condensed milk chocolate chips bars are so easy to make. And, y’all gotta admit anything made with sweetened condensed milk is going to be pretty amazing.
  • Kitchen sink cookies are packed with flavor and include pretzels, milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips, toffee, and sea salt for one amazing cookie.

Why are my chocolate chip cookies flat?

There could be a few different reasons for flat cookies. If you added butter that was too soft or melted, that can cause the cookies to bake flat.

Sometimes, not adding enough flour will also cause the cookies to come out flat. You can add a couple of tablespoons of flour and that should help the cookies keep their shape.

If you refrigerate the dough before baking that will also help the cookies keep their shape and not flatten out.

Can you freeze caramel chocolate chip cookies?

Yes, you can freeze the cookies. Make sure you seal the cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container. Be sure to place parchment paper between the cookies.

The cookies can be frozen for up to a month.

When you are ready to eat the cookies, place the on the counter to thaw.

Salted caramel chocolate chips cookies recipe card

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a delicious treat that everyone will love.

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Salted caramel chocolate chip cookies on the counter.

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Caramel chocolate chip cookies are a soft, chewy, and flavorful dessert. The sea salt brings out the flavor combinations of caramel and chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 30 caramels, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add the softened butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix.
  2. Next, add the brown and granulated sugars and mix.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix.
  4. Cut the caramels in half and add to the bowl.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and mix everything well.
  6. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  7. After refrigerating the dough, preheat the oven to 375-degrees.
  8. Scoop the cookies onto a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.
  9. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 541mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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