Two Peas and Their Pod

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies


My life has been a whirlwind for the past couple of weeks. We went to California, Maui, and I spent the last three days at Alt Summit. I haven’t been home much, only to sleep for a few hours here and there. Josh has been taking care of Caleb, doing laundry, cleaning house, grocery shopping, and cooking. He gets the super dad and husband award.

Yesterday I was finally able to relax with my two favorite guys. We stayed in our pj’s all morning and did absolutely nothing. It was so nice to be home.

In the afternoon, I got the baking itch. It’s been weeks since I’ve cooked or baked anything due to our travels and crazy schedule. I was going through kitchen withdrawals and needed to bake cookies. Josh requested chocolate chip cookies, like always, so I baked a batch of Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. I always like to change things up:)

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on These cookies are a favorite! We make them all of the time!


Our Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars are one of our favorite desserts. I decided to create a cookie using the same flavors. Caramel, sea salt, and chocolate in a cookie can only lead to good things.

The chocolate chip cookies are super soft because I added a secret ingredient-cornstarch. If you are a soft cookie fan, you will LOVE these cookies. And the pockets of chewy caramel and dusting of sea salt only make them better. These cookies are guaranteed to be devoured.

I told myself I was only going to sample them to make sure they were blog worthy, but I ended up eating a stack of cookies. Oops! I will focus on shedding the vacation and cookie pounds this week:)


It felt so good to get back into my baking groove. I love being on vacation, but there is no place like home. These Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies welcomed me home in the best possible way. There is nothing better than a freshly baked cookie from your own oven.

And Josh loved these cookies too! He already added them to our Super Bowl Menu! If you are looking for a crowd pleasing cookie for your Super Bowl Party, make these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are crazy good!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Soft chocolate chip cookies with pockets of caramel and a touch of sea salt.


2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Kraft Caramel Bits
Sea salt, for sprinkling on cookies


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornstarch, baking soda and sea salt together. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients.

4. Stir in the chocolate chips and caramel bits. Form cookie dough into tablespoon balls and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt.

5. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

Note-I buy the Kraft Caramel Bits at Target. If you can't find Kraft Caramel Bits, you can use caramel squares. Just chop them up into pieces.

Recipe adapted from Anna Olson

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152 Responses to “Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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  1. Rosa — January 28, 2013 @ 3:18 am

    Great cookies¨I bet they are quite addictive.



  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 28, 2013 @ 3:22 am

    Ahhh, you made the cornstarch cookies! They changed my life recently and I’m in love with them! Yours look great – love the salted caramel addition. Those Bits are handy for things like this. And welcome home!

  3. Ashley — January 28, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    These sound delicious! I know what you mean about the baking itch; I haven’t really been able to bake anything for 5 months now and it’s driving me crazy!
    I just ran across the cornstarch idea on pinterest the other day and can’t wait to try it. I love soft chewy cookies :)

  4. Huh, Cornstarch in cookies! I made strawberry shortcake with just cornstarch and it came out great! I’m going to have to try this in cookies! Love salted caramel together in a cookie it is so perfect!!

  5. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — January 28, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Yum! I’ve been dying to find a chocolate chip cookie with caramel, and if it’s your recipe Maria I know it’s going to be amazing :). I’m so excited to try these, eat the entire batch and spend days in a love/hate relationship with myself for making that decision. I live in a crazy messed-up world. But if it’s full of caramel, then it’s worth it!

  6. The Hungry Housewife — January 28, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    You have been a busy busy girl!!!!! Love the cookies Maria!

  7. Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 28, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    You have been crazy busy! Glad you squeezed in some time for some amazing cookies!

  8. kelley — January 28, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    These are SO my kind of cookie. I love the salty sweet combo and with the caramel these look amazing!

  9. Julie @ Table for Two — January 28, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    oh man, i can already tell if I make these, they will be SO addicting. I love salted caramel anything, salty & sweet is the best combo ever :) you’re so busy! i wish i could be as busy as you! haha

  10. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — January 28, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    These look super yummy! Can’t wait to try!

  11. Marian (Sweetopia) — January 28, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Omg, these look and sound amazing! I use the secret ingredient, cornstarch, in my shortbread cookies, and it makes a huge difference in texture. Can’t wait to taste these! Glad you finally got some down time btw. xo

  12. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings — January 28, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    yum! salted caramel in cookies- amazing!

  13. HeatherChristo — January 28, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    I love couch days :) when the whole family relaxes like that- it is really the best. These cookies look SOOOOOO good Maria!!

  14. Kim in MD — January 28, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Oh my gosh- these look amazing!

  15. Abby — January 28, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Ok, total food nerd alert!

    I know that adding cornstarch to cookies lends to a softer cookie. But what is the acid in your ingredient list that allows you to use only baking soda?

    The original linked recipe says, “If you want crispy cookies, omit the cornstarch and replace the baking soda with baking powder.” Why baking powder? I thought baking powder tended to make cookies puffier, while soda is a browning agent.

    Since you’re the Cookie Queen :)

  16. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 28, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Oh girl, these could get me in serious trouble!

  17. These look aaaawwweeesome. Salt + caramel = heaven.

  18. Amanda — January 28, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Looks like they would just melt in your mouth!

  19. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — January 28, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    I love the look of the texture of these cookies, they looks just like how I like them! Loving the sound of these, will definitely have to try them out! :)

  20. Erica — January 28, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    GO Josh! Whoop whoop! The cookies look absolutely perfect girl! You’ve taken so many incredible trips lately- jealous 😉

  21. Jenny Flake — January 28, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Looks like a fabulous cookie Maria! I wouldn’t pass those babies up :)

  22. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — January 28, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Another delicious cookie from you. I love the addition of corn starch, I’ve yet to bake with it but I’m tempted!

  23. shelly (cookies and cups) — January 28, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    These are the perfect cookie. For sure.

  24. Gaby — January 28, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    brilliant as ever!

  25. Brianna — January 28, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Ummmm…delicious. This definitely looks like a decadent treat I’m going to have to try for Valentine’s Day. Bravo!

  26. naomi — January 28, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Oh, Maria, you know I love your cookies. This is no exception LOVE!!

  27. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 28, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Definitely my kind of cookie and I know I couldn’t stop at just one!

  28. Deborah — January 28, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    These have all of my favorite things in them!!

  29. Crystal — January 28, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Yummy!!! I know I couldn’t eat just one :)

  30. Erin Sullivan — January 28, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    Great recipe idea but Kraft caramel bits are a yucky, waxy imitation of caramel. I recommend finding some good quality caramels and cutting them into small pieces.

  31. Jill — January 28, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    These cookies sound Scrumptious! I will have to make these soon. Thanks for sharing :)

  32. Tasha Zee — January 28, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Making this for sure this weekend! Yum!

  33. aimee @ shugarysweets — January 28, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    Oh how I love caramel in my cookies!!! DELISH.

  34. LunaCafe — January 28, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    Caramel bits? I have never heard of them. will try to locate today. These cookies look fabulous! :-) …Susan

  35. Wow, you have been busy! So nice to get back in the kitchen after being away for so long. Great idea with the cookies, I am a fan of anything with caramel!

  36. Melissa Poling — January 28, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Just finished a batch of these (trial run, as I plan to make them again for my grandmother’s birthday this weekend, lol). So. Yum. Thanks, Maria!

  37. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — January 28, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    What a neat spin on a classic :) I love chewy cookies and I’m sure the caramel puts this over the edge in chewiness! You’ve got my mouth watering over here!

  38. Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 28, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    So glad you’re back from vacation so that you can bring us yummy cookies like these!

  39. The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook — January 28, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    I don’t blame you for eating those cookies. They look delicious! I’m definitely going to try these caramel-filled cookies for a nice change-up from my traditional chocolate chip cookies.

  40. Sister Spice — January 28, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    I love salted caramel ANYTHING, and chocolate chip cookies are my favorite…so, yeah, basically these looking amazing!

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