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Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

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I am not eating sugar this week. Well, I haven’t caved in yet:) So far, so good! I just need a week to detox a little. I am still eating fruit, but no desserts and that means no cookies. Gasp! I don’t think I have ever gone a week without eating a cookie!

Well, just because I am off sugar doesn’t mean that you have to feel deprived. I am going to live vicariously through all of you because you are going to be eating Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles. I made these cookies a few weeks ago and I think I ate the entire batch. Hence, the need for a sugar detox:) These cookies were so worth the cookie binge! I LOVE them and I think you will too!

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Recipe on The BEST snickerdoodles! Everyone loves these cookies!

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles on These cookies will become a favorite!

During the holidays, I made Monique’s Brown Butter Snickerdoodles. They were a hit. Everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. The brown butter takes a good snickerdoodle to a GREAT snickerdoodle.

I decided it was time to take the snickerdoodle to another level by adding caramel and sea salt. Oh, yes I did!


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That GREAT snickerdoodle just got transformed into a cookie that is off the charts. Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles are irresistible. That is why you are making them this week and not me. I can’t say no to these cookies:)

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The cookies are soft with a nutty brown butter flavor. When you bite into a cookie you will be pleasantly surprised by the sweet gooey caramel. I love salted caramel so I increased the salt in the recipe and added a sprinkle of sea salt to the tops of every cookie. Salted caramel, meet brown butter snickerdoodle-love at first sight!

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The classic cinnamon sugar mixture is the perfect finish to the cookies. Aren’t they purty?

I am seriously craving a Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle right now. I really wish I could reach into my computer screen and grab one. I know, stay strong, stay strong!

Please eat a cookie for me! And if you bake a batch of Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles and happen to be driving by our house, maybe you can sneak a cookie under our front door. I will save it until next week when I am back on sugar. I promise. Wink, wink:)

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Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Brown butter snickerdoodles with a caramel surprise inside!


2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, sliced
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 cup caramel squares, cut into 1/4's

For Rolling the Cookies:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Sea salt, for sprinkling on top of cookies


1. In a medium bowl, Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

2. To brown the butter, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. The butter will start to foam and browned specks will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter should have a nutty aroma. Watch the butter carefully because it can go from brown to burnt quickly. Remove butter from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown butter and sugars. Mix until blended and smooth. Beat in the egg, yolk, vanilla, and yogurt and mix until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

4. Form the dough in a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can chill the dough overnight.

5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Measure about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Flatten the ball with the palm of your hand and place a piece of caramel in the center of the dough. Wrap the cookie dough around the caramel, making sure the caramel is completely covered with dough.

6. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Make sure the cookies are about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the cookie tops with sea salt.

7. Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. The centers will still be soft. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, or until set. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

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250 Responses to “Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles”

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  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 10, 2013 @ 3:30 am

    I’ll make up for all the sugar that you are not eating in these amazing cookies!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 10, 2013 @ 4:03 am

    Monique’s recipe has always been one that I’ve wanted to make but just haven’t. Your cookies turned out beautiful and make me want to make them, even more! I love caramel of any kind!

    I understand about the sugar detox thing, too. I did a 3 day juice cleanse two weeks ago to give it a little rest :)

  3. Kathryn — April 10, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    You’ve done it again Maria! These cookies sound completely over-the-top-wonderful!

  4. Congrats on the no sugar or cookies! That is so good! I have been trying pretty hard to be good this week myself, since I was away last week and I over indulged! Love the big spin you did to the Snickerdoodle cookie! Looks amazing!

  5. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — April 10, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    I fell in love with your Brown Butter Snickerdoodles so adding caramel to them can only take this cookie to a new level! Dying over the thought of these right now. I might have to make a batch soon :).

  6. bellini — April 10, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    Oh Maria these are dangerous!!!

  7. Amy @Very Culinary — April 10, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    No sweets this week for me, either. And snickerdoodles are my favorite *cries*

  8. Tieghan — April 10, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    yes yes yes yes!! These are crazy, but in the best way possible. I am just discovering my love for caramel so I am very excited about these!

  9. These cookies look dangerously delicious!

  10. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 10, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    These are amazing! Love that they’re stuffed with gooey caramel!

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 10, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    I wanted to make caramel snickerdoodles last year and never got around to it. I’m so glad you shared these! Of course now I’m totally craving some cookies 😉

  12. Katie — April 10, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    My goodness these look dangerous! My husband and I love your brown-butter snickerdoodles adding caramel – oh boy, can’t wait to make up a batch!

  13. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — April 10, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    They do look irresistible.

  14. marla — April 10, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Obsessed with brown butter ~ Love everything about these cookies!

  15. April | Food n' Focus — April 10, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Anything with brown butter sounds good to me!

  16. Amy | Club Narwhal — April 10, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Adding caramel to Monique’s already pretty much perfect brown butter snickerdoodles is GENIUS. I just went a month without sugar and it was awful and great at the same time. The sad thing was that afterwards I did not even crave sugar! It was like looking into the mirror at a stranger. But now that the month is over I am happily back on my daily dose of chocolate. So much for habit changing :) I am so excited to try this recipe out!

  17. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 10, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Oh yes. These might be the perfect cookie!

  18. bridget {bake at 350} — April 10, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Oh, MARIA!!! *swoon*

  19. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 10, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    There are so many amazing things going on in these cookies. I so rarely think of making snickerdoodles, but that just changed.

  20. Jenny Flake — April 10, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Oh boy, I need these in my life ASAP!

  21. love this!!!

  22. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 10, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    Be still my beating heart…

  23. Jett W. — April 10, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Oh my gooeyness! These look soooooo good! I had to pop over and see these again =)

    Jett W.

  24. I am off sugar this week too; and these cookies are killing me!! Love the gooey caramel, and brown butter is always good!

  25. Audra | The Baker Chick — April 10, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Wow- these look amazing. I love that snickerdoodle recipe and the addition of caramels is off the chart!!

  26. Brianna — April 10, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    I love snickerdoodles! These look so tempting!

  27. Marian (Sweetopia) — April 10, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Oh, these look so amazing! 3 (at least) please! 😉

  28. Bev @ Bev Cooks — April 10, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Holy crap.

  29. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 10, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I’ve been trying to limit my intake of sugar as well but brown butter cookies totally have me wanting to try them out.

  30. Heather Christo — April 10, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I mean really Maria!!!!!???? Talk about feeling a cookie binge coming on! these look insaaaane!!!!

  31. I have never been more in love with a cookie Maria! I think you are the only gal who might like salted caramel more than me. I’m currently doing a juice fast and these are making me SO hungry! Pinning them for later. Your cookies are beautiful :)

  32. You must have the most amazing willpower because if I had to look at even one photo of these amazing cookies whilst on a sugar hiatus, I would cry a billion tears. Good thing you can eat them next week — until then, I’ll be snacking on them for you! 😉

  33. Linda — April 10, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Mmmm…… I would like to reach into my computer and grab one too, right now to enjoy with my coffee!!

  34. Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 10, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I love every single thing about these. Salted caramel makes everything better!

  35. Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 10, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Brown butter totally takes everything up a level! I can’t even comprehend all the fantasticness of these!!

  36. Daisy Ray — April 10, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    These look sooooo gooooooddddd!!!!!!!!!

  37. Emily @ Life on Food — April 10, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    How did you know I have been craving caramel lately. These cookies are different at another level.

  38. Amanda — April 10, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    You had me at Brown Butter., and then throw in some salted caramel and I’m in heaven! :)

  39. Mimi @ Culinary Couture — April 10, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Wow these look soo tempting! I don’t think I could ever go on a sugar cleanse, especially not after knowing I could make cookies like this!

  40. These look heavenly!

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