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Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Author: Elizabeth Buuck
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes + 30 min chill
  • Yield: 12 Large Cookies 1x


Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies stuffed with chocolate covered sea salt caramels.


  • 1 C (226g) Salted Butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3/4 C (165g) Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C (110g) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Lg Egg, at room temperature
  • 1 Lg Egg Yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 C (325g) All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 C (90 g) Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 C (40g) Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 C (75g) Chopped Dark Chocolate Bar
  • 12 Private Selection Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels *see notes for alternatives


  • Melt butter in a large mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  • Whisk in the sugars until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk. Whisk for 1 minutes, or until mixture slightly lightens in color and becomes glossy.
  • Fold in dry ingredients until combined with a few streaks of flour remaining.
  • Fold in chocolate and remaining streaks of flour.
  • Scoop cookie dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet with large 3 TBSP scoop. Makes 12 large cookies.
  • Chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Roll dough into a smooth ball in your hands, then create a well in the center using your thumbs. Press the chocolate covered caramels into the well, and fold cookie dough up and around the caramel fully encasing it in the dough.
  • Place the cookie dough back into the fridge while you preheat the oven to 350.
  • Arrange the cookie dough on two parchment lined baking sheets leaving room for the cookies to spread.
  • Bake 1 tray at a time for 12 minutes each. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to continue to set up and cool on the hot cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes.
  • Top with flaky salt.


*Private selection (Kroger brand!) chocolate covered sea salt chocolates were by far the best at providing large gooey pools of caramel that stayed in the center of the cookies. If you can’t find those, other brands I tested with success were – Lindt Caramel Chocolate Truffles, Ghirardelli Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and Dove Chocolate Covered Caramels.