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Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt

Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt

Happy Birthday to ME! Today is my 28th birthday and I am ready to party:) I have the day off and I plan on enjoying every minute of my special day. I love birthdays!

My handsome hubs is taking me out to a nice sushi dinner tonight. I can’t wait. We will be celebrating all weekend long too-friends are coming over tomorrow and we are hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday.

I am not a big cake fan so for my birthday we are celebrating with COOKIES! Last year Josh made me chocolate chip cookies, he always spoils me:) This year we are celebrating with chocolate caramel cookies with sea salt.

These cookies are very chocolaty. I used dark cocoa to get the deepest, darkest, chocolate flavor. Next, I rolled soft caramel into little balls and wrapped the chocolate dough around the caramel. I love salt and caramel together, so I topped the cookies off with sea salt.

The caramel melted throughout the cookies while baking. I was worried the caramel would turn hard, after baking, but the cookies stayed soft and chewy. The rich chocolate, sweet caramel, and salt were the perfect combination. I am in love with these cookies and I think you will be too!

Make a batch for your weekend Super Bowl bash or whip up a batch for your special Valentine next week…or just make them because they are really good and it is my birthday:)  I hope you will all celebrate with me!

It is also Nutella Day-yahoo! If you want to honor Nutella, try my Nutella Brownies or Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies, they are both winners!

Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes


1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (I used dark cocoa)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Soft caramel, rolled into little balls (I used Peter's caramel)
Sea salt


Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 baking sheets with baking paper, lightly coated with cooking spray. I used Silpats! Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, soda, and salt; set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Wrap the chocolate dough around the caramel balls. Place balls on cookie sheets and sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

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214 Responses to “Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt”

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  1. Rosa — February 5, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    Your pictures are beautiful and so are those cookies! I’d love to bite in one of those!



  2. Joanne — February 5, 2010 @ 5:38 am

    Happy birthday chica!

    These cookies and sushi sound like the best way to celebrate. Caramel is such a great filling! LOVE it.

  3. Lisa — February 5, 2010 @ 5:50 am

    Yum! Have a great birthday!

  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 5, 2010 @ 6:05 am

    Happy Birthday!!

    These cookies look incredible!!!!

  5. carolyn — February 5, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    Happy Birthday Maria! These are the perfect cookie in my book. The salt enhances the sweet.

  6. bellini valli — February 5, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    Happy Birthday Maria!!! It sounds like such a fun way to celebrate and everyone should celebrate more than once.

  7. Natashya — February 5, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Yum, I love salty with sweet.
    Happy birthday!
    Wish I was 28… 😉

  8. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — February 5, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    Wow those look amazing. I love the caramel-salt combo. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  9. Meghan — February 5, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    Happy Birthday!!!! Sounds like you have a fantastic weekend planned :)

    These cookies look amazing! I love that first picture with the caramel coming out! They look so chocolatey. The salt on top is great too.

  10. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — February 5, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    Happy Birthday!!!! Wish I could eat some of these cookies with you. They look amazing!

  11. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 5, 2010 @ 7:26 am


    Happy Birthday girl. :)

  12. Chris — February 5, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Perfect for your Birthday and Nutella Day! Enjoy your happy day!

  13. Traci — February 5, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    Happy Birthday!

    I love the cookies, and will have to try those this weekend. Will be making your pretzel bite recipe for SuperBowl Sunday. Thanks!

  14. kat — February 5, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    Happy Birthday! I did something very similar for Christmas & they were the most popular of my cookies.

  15. dawn — February 5, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    Happy Birthday sweetheart!!! Enjoy your sushi dinner!

  16. twopeas — February 5, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! I really appreciate all of my blog readers/friends. You guys are the best!

  17. Erica — February 5, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Happy Birthday! I so wish I had known about this earlier, I would’ve sent you some foodie love! Enjoy every minute of your day with your man! These cookies look ridiculous good! Its 9:45 …and I want a cookie 😉 <3 you!!!!!

  18. Memoria — February 5, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    ¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Yeaaa, another Aquarius here!!

    The cookies look amazing. I wonder how homemade caramels would work with these. YUMMY!!

    Your photos look amazing and intense. Wow.

  19. Barabara Bakes — February 5, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    I’m thinking this birthday cookie idea is genius! That way you can have a cookie with breakfast, lunch and dinner and any time all day long because It’s Your Birthday! Reminds me of the Rolo Cookies that I love!

  20. Tracy — February 5, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    Happy birthday to you!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating with your hubby and friends! 😀

  21. Allison — February 5, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    Happy birthday!!! The cookies look very tasty!

  22. The Food Hunter — February 5, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    Oh to be 28 again….happy birthday to you. Enjoy your day and those cookies.

  23. Natalie — February 5, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    These look lovely! I am printing this recipe as we speak. I move into a new house tomorrow and think these would be the perfect first batch of cookies! Rich, sweet, salty, chewy. Everything I love.

  24. Sara — February 5, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    My husband would love these cookies! I found the Nestle’s pre-made dough at the store that has carmel in the middle and he’s obsessed with them. Happy Birthday!

  25. Lindsay — February 5, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    I’d love to make these cookies for an upcoming tv watch party I’m hosting. How many cookies does this recipe yield? Thanks for feeding my sweet tooth!

  26. Nastassia(LetMeEatCake) — February 5, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    Happy Birthday! I think I can forgive you for not being a cake fan since you have such impeccable cookie taste =)! These cookies look so sinfully delicous! Which caramel did you use? I really want to make these this weekend, it is all my fave ingredients!

  27. grace — February 5, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    well, hot diggity–happy birthday, maria! these cookies look amazing, both the innards and on the outside. very clever use of caramel, too. :)

  28. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — February 5, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    These are the perfect celebration cookie! This post was so descriptive I feel like I just had one of these cookies. Love that the caramel stayed super soft! Happy Birthday gorgeous!

  29. megan — February 5, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    Happy Happy Birthday my friend! I’m glad you have a long weekend to celebrate. And these cookies look like a celebration of their own. I love the salt on top. I hope you have an excellent birthday and enjoy the sushi.

  30. Rose — February 5, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These look delicious! Hope you enjoy your day 😀

  31. Brittany — February 5, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

    The cookies look heavenly!

  32. Bonnie Barker — February 5, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Happy Birthday. The cookies look like they could jump right off the page.

  33. Pink Panda — February 5, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Happy birthday. These cookies look amazing!

  34. Cookin' Canuck — February 5, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    Happy Birthday, Maria! These cookies look fabulous!

  35. carrian — February 5, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    My mouth just hung open when I saw these!!! I had laid awake a couple nights ago and thought of this very idea. Darnit!! Maybe I’ll still try my own version. Looks delicious!

  36. megan — February 5, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    Happy Birthday :) Cookies look incredible. you’ve given me so many wonderful recipes to try, i don’t know where to start!

  37. Esi — February 5, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    Happy birthday!

  38. leslie — February 5, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    going to make these today. if i can get to the store tonight to get some yogurt! they look delish. think all caramel would work? maybe i’ll pick up those sheets you can use to drape over apples for caramel apples….i think that’s softer.


  39. beth — February 5, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Happy birthday – you’re almost exactly a year older than me!!

  40. Rachel (S[d]OC) — February 5, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    Happy birthday. Sounds like you have a great weekend planned. Enjoy your sushi tonight and enjoy your cookies.

    Now I want some of those cookies for my birthday. This year I’m going to pull off the amazing feat of being 29 for 11 years in a row. I deserve cookies!

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