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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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:)

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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:)

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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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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132 Responses to “Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. 41
    Diana @ Eating Made Easy — January 28, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    These look divine! You have one lucky husband!

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    Joanne — January 28, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    You have had a seriously crazy past few weeks! But there’s nothing quite like curling up with family and an awesome cookie!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 28, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    I’m going to have to search for those caramel bits in stores up here, because these cookies look incredible…

  4. 44
    Jen — January 28, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    That sounds like my kind of week! With a nice tasty finish!

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  6. 45
    DawnK — January 29, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    Yum! I’ll have to bring these to my knitting group sometime, so I don’t eat them all.

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    Maegan @ The BakerMama — January 29, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    Love the idea of caramel bits and sea salt in a chocolate chip cookie! They look and sound amazing! Can’t wait to bake a batch soon!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 29, 2013 @ 12:27 am

    Is there anything better than salted caramel?!

  9. 48
    Connie the Cookie Monster — January 29, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    these are the most perfect cookies that i have ever seen!

  10. 49

    oh those look good, yummy!

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    Connie Wilkerson — January 29, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Do you know if the dough could be made a couple of days ahead of time and baked right before serving? I’m having a fairly large super bowl crowd and wanted to serve these.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2013 @ 10:35 am

      Yes, you can chill the dough for a couple of days in the fridge. Enjoy!

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    jamie — January 29, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    hi maria! i love being home, too. nothing like your own bed. anyway, theses cookies look great! what were they like when they cooled? i baked something (i can’t remember now if it was brownies or cookies) with those caramel bits once, and it didn’t turn out. the bits were so dense and overly chewy, like they are straight from the bag. how did you avoid that?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      Hi Jamie, if you don’t like the caramel bits you can chop up pieces of your favorite caramels.

  13. 52
    The Kitchen Edition — January 29, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    Looking forward to girl scout cookie season finishing so we can start baking again. This will be at the top of the list!

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    NRS — January 29, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Maria, did you use light or dark brown sugar? Can’t wait to make these!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 29th, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      I used light brown sugar, but dark would be good too!

  15. 54
    Emily — January 29, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    These look incredible. I love salted sweet things. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 29, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    I didnt know adding corn starch would make cookies softer! Awesome tip :D HUGE fan of salted caramel too, so I know these are amazing

  17. 56
    Baking Serendipity — January 29, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    These look fantastic! There’s not much better than baking in your own kitchen after being away :)

  18. 57
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 29, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    look great Maria! I want one

  19. 58
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 30, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Those cookies look so good! The caramel and salt combo in a good one!

  20. 59
    Isra {TheFrugalette} — January 30, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Wow, the recipes seems so easy too! I always shy away from baking but I think I can do these.

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    jamie — January 30, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    hi maria! it’s me again. thank you for responding to my question – you’re so nice! i’m worried that i came off sounding like a caramel snob. i’m not – the kraft ones are fine :) i just wanted a cookie with squishy-soft caramel pieces and wondered if maybe your cookie had achieved that. i’m definitely trying this recipe, as there’s a good chance my caramel bits cookie failure was my own fault. thanks again and keep up the great recipes! love your blog!

  22. 61
    Rebekah — January 31, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    I made these last night and love them. I think the base of the cookie is probably one of my favorites I have ever had and plan to use it with different addins. YUM!

  23. 62

    I want them. I want them bad! They look like the perfect mix between caramel and chocolate….

  24. 63
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — January 31, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    You have been one busy mama! I’m glad you’re finally getting a chance to take a deep breath and relax. These cookies sound like the perfect thing to eat while curled up on the couch!

  25. 64
    Kristi — February 1, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    I just made these and they are the best cookies I’ve made and I’ve made alot.

    Yummy!

  26. 65
    Karen — February 1, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    I made these tonight and they are crazy good! I cut up my caramel to small pieces because I wanted to make these tonight. Thank you!

  27. 66
    Sarah — February 1, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    These were delicious! So yummy and soft and chewy!

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    Laura — February 3, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    These look amazing! Making them this weekend I think!

  29. 68
    Sheila in MD — February 3, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! Made them today and thought they were great! Sticking a few in the freezer to see how they fare there.

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    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. — February 4, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Took these to a Super Bowl party yesterday and they were gone before halftime! And don’t even ask how many I ate warm, right out of the oven – on my! I’ll be sharing on my blog and linking back to you for the recipe – thanks so much for sharing! This one is a keeper!

  31. 70
    Bmore Girl — February 4, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Made these for a Super Bowl party yesterday and they were a HUGE hit!! Thank you for a great recipe!

    • Two Peas replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 11:59 am

      Glad you enjoyed the cookies!

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    Liz — February 4, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Made a batch of these for a Super Bowl party last night; they were a hit! Just the right amount of sweet, and the hint of sea salt really rounds out the flavor nicely. Needless to say, I only walked away with 4! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Two Peas replied: — February 4th, 2013 @ 11:59 am

      You are welcome! Glad the cookies were a hit at your party!

  33. 72
    cardamom fig — February 5, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Whenever I go on vacation for a week or 2 I always get the baking itch too :) These cookies look so good and I love the addition of caramel!

  34. 73
    Dina — February 5, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    these sound yummy!

  35. 74
    Jonathan — February 6, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I just made these and they are delicious! Kudos!

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    Sarah — February 7, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Hi Maria- I loved the texture of these cookies so much, I have been wondering if you can add cornstarch to any cookie recipe? How do you decide the ratio or do you decrease your amount of flour or baking soda?

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    Kelly — February 8, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    Wow, these look absolutely delicious! Chocolate, Salt and Caramel in the same sentence=Y U M M Y! I would definitely like to try this recipe soon :) Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    Amy — February 8, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    I made these cookies today and they turned out great! Thank you for the recipe!! Only thing is, whenever I make cookies, they turn out with a very smooth surface. How do you get your cookies to have that textured look?

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    Padma — February 11, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    caramel in cookies…what an awesome idea! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

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