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When sweet and salty get together and have a party, I always want to be invited. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies are definitely cause for celebration. Soft, chewy and totally delicious…they are one of my favorites, keep scrolling down for the full recipe!

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You knew I couldn’t go too long without posting a cookie recipe. After all, in my world they are a food group. The combination of sweet and salty has always been a favorite of mine. So adding those flavors to the best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on the planet seemed like a no-brainer.

I had thought about using the caramel bits that you can purchase next to the baking supplies but then I reconsidered. When I am going for a Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie then I want the caramel flavor to be substantial. Using the individual caramels was a fabulous idea {if I do say so myself}.

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My worry was that the caramels might harden up after baking but I was super excited to find out that they didn’t. I did however, make sure to get the bag with the softest caramels I could find. I am sure that I looked like a crazy woman going through all of the bags to be sure I was getting just the right one but I take my cookies seriously.

Begin by cutting 25 caramels into quarters.

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  • You will want to be sure to cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla for 4-5 minutes before adding the dry ingredients.
  • When mixing in the dry ingredients it is important to not over mix. If you add too much air at this point then the cookies will deflate in the oven.
  • Think about textures when adding your extra add ins. I added the caramel quarters and then a combination of both regular sized and miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Mix the caramels and chocolate chips in by hand.

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  • I am a huge advocate for using a cookie scoop because when the cookies are all the same size then they bake up more evenly. Look at this tray of yumminess!!
  • Chilling the dough for a couple of hours is important when you want thick and soft cookies.

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  • Bake them for 8-9 minutes. They may look a little under done but you let them cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet and that will set them up.

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  • While the cookies are still warm, sprinkle the tops with kosher salt which was honestly…LIFE! It will stick to the soft caramel and chips which gives these cookies such an awesome balance.

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Add these salted caramel chocolate chip cookies to your weekend to-do list and you will certainly be glad that you did.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and delicious chocolate chip cookies are made extra special with addition of chunks of caramel and kosher salt.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Author: June Albertson-Dick

Prep Time: 2 hours hours 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 2 hours hours 40 minutes minutes

Servings: 24 cookies

Calories: 207kcal

4.67 from 156 votes

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  • 1 cup butter {softened}
  • 1 cup brown sugar {packed}
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 25 individual caramels {cut into quarters}
  • kosher salt for sprinkling after baked


  • In a bowl of a stand mixer {fitted with the paddle attachment} combine butter, both sugars, vanilla and eggs. Beat on medium speed until creamed {it should be light and fluffy}. This will take about 5 minutes, but not skip this part. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

  • Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips and caramel quarters and mix until evenly incorporated.

  • Scoop cookies using a medium cookie scoop {or 2-3 tablespoons of dough}. Place cookie dough mounds onto a parchment or wax paper lined pan and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 5 days.

  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat. Place 8 cookies per sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are set and the middle of the cookie is just beginning to set and barely brown. Sprinkle cookies with desired amount of kosher salt immediately upon removing from oven. They will look under baked but let them cool on cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes before moving them to cooling rack and they will firm up as they cool.

  • Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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What is the secret to making cookies soft and chewy? ›

Cornstarch gives the cookies that ultra soft consistency we all love. Plus, it helps keep the cookies beautifully thick. We use the same trick when making shortbread cookies. Egg yolk: Another way to promise a super chewy chocolate chip cookie is to use an extra egg yolk.

What makes cookies chewy and not hard? ›

If you enjoy your cookies soft and chewy, chances are likely the recipe contains a common ingredient that serves a very specific purpose. No, it's not granulated sugar, nor the butter. It's not the egg, all-purpose flour, or even the vanilla extract. The simple, yet oh-so-necessary component is cornstarch.

How do you make cookies soft and chewy vs hard and crisp? ›

Different types of sugars affect the texture because they absorb different amounts of water. Remember moisture is the key! White sugar creates crispier cookies and brown sugar creates chewier cookies.

How do I make my cookies chewy instead of crunchy? ›

What ingredients make for a chewy rather than a crunchy cookie? - Quora. Eggs, brown sugar and a fat mix of 50/50 butter and shortening are some of the ingredients that will help make a cookie chewier. Also, fluff the flour with a whisk before measuring it — too much flour will make a cookie dry.

Should I use baking soda or baking powder in cookies? ›

Baking soda is typically used for chewy cookies, while baking powder is generally used for light and airy cookies. Since baking powder is comprised of a number of ingredients (baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, etc.), using it instead of pure baking soda will affect the taste of your cookies.

What is the trick to keep baked goods like cookies soft? ›

This simplest kitchen hack you'll ever love!

If you bake too many cookies (as if there is such a thing!) and are concerned about them going stale, just add a slice of white bread to the storage container to keep them from hardening.

What is the best flour for chewy cookies? ›

You don't absolutely HAVE to use bread flour, but it adds a ton of chewy texture to these cookies that's worth the extra trip to the store. If you can't get bread flour, then use all AP flour in its place.

What are 3 factors that contribute to a chewy cookie? ›

The ingredients you use and how you shape your cookies both play an important role in whether your cookies turn out crispy or chewy. The type of flour and sugar you use, if your cookie dough contains eggs, and whether you use melted or softened butter all factor into the crispy-chewy equation, too.

Why do you put corn syrup in cookies? ›

So, when you mix corn syrup into your cookie batter, all of that moisture will make and keep your baked cookies deliciously tender. The texture of cookies benefits from corn syrup as well. As you combine your ingredients to make your cookie batter, corn syrup will pull some of the surrounding air into your batter.

What ingredient contributes most to the texture of a crisp cookie? ›

Fat is a very important ingredient in cookies – it tenderizes, crisps and browns, adds color and a wonderful flavor that is impossible to duplicate. Butter, our fat of choice, ensures good baking results and adds the most desirable taste, texture and appearance.

What keeps cookies chewy? ›

There are a few ways to keep cookies chewy and soft. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container. If you notice the cookies are starting to harden, add a slice of bread or a few marshmallows to the bag, the moisture from the bread or marshmallows should soften the cookies within a few hours.

Does baking powder make cookies crispy? ›

Expect about one teaspoon per five ounces of flour; thin and crispy cookies may need a little less, thick and chewy cookies may need a little more. Even without baking powder, a well-aerated dough will still puff with steam. If that supply cuts off before the cookies set, a soft dough will collapse in on itself.

What can cause a cookie to be too moist or not moist enough? ›

Eggs bind the ingredients and make for moist, chewy cookies. Adding too many eggs can result in gummy, cake-like cookies. Adding too few eggs can result in dry, crumbly cookies. Beat each one in separately and thoroughly.

What makes a cookie more soft? ›

What Makes Cookies Soft?
  1. Brown sugar, as it has a high moisture content and retains moisture better than white sugar. ...
  2. Shortening instead of butter or in addition to butter. ...
  3. Baking powder instead of baking soda. ...
  4. Eggs, particularly egg yolks. ...
  5. Cake flour instead of all-purpose flour.
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What determines the moistness of a cookie? ›

Butter contributes milk solids and water to a cookie, both of which soften it. Brown sugar contributes molasses – again, a softener. Using lower-moisture sugar (granulated) and fat (vegetable shortening), plus a longer, slower bake than normal, produces light, crunchy cookies.

What does adding cornstarch to cookies do? ›

As Levy Beranbaum writes in The Baking Bible, replacing a little bit of the flour in the dough with cornstarch results in “a more delicate cookie that is also easier to pipe or push through a cookie press.” Adding cornstarch helps tenderize tough gluten, contributing to a softer cookie dough with a finer crumb after ...


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