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:)

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

Soft chocolate chip cookies with pockets of caramel and a touch of sea salt.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
3 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose 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.
  6. 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.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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