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Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies

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Create the perfect, easy salted caramel brownie cookies at home. Enjoy decadent, fudge chocolate cookies topped with caramel and sea salt.

brownie cookies with salted caramel on a wire rack

Who doesn’t love the pairing of fudgy chocolate and chewy caramel? I adapted this great recipe from my delicious brownie cookies.

To give these cookies the caramel flavor, I use Kraft caramel squares. I cut them each into 6 small pieces and incorporate them into the batter.

The Kraft caramel pieces will become quite sticky/chewy after baking. However, they won’t turn hard.

If you prefer a softer caramel texture, I would recommend using Werther’s Originals soft caramels instead.

For the extra salty flavor, I top each cookie with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes.


Why this recipe works

  • Whipping the eggs and sugar together creates the perfect, shiny tops on the cookies.
  • It combines the classic flavors of chocolate and caramel to create a decadent dessert.
  • The sea salt enhances the caramel-chocolate flavors.

These cookies are so easy to make! They appear fancy and will impress your guests.


Watch how to make it

five salted caramel brownie cookies stacked with the top one broken in half so the gooey caramel is visible

What you need

The ingredients give these salted caramel brownie cookies a rich and flavorful profile.

Ingredients

This is a short overview of the ingredients I used and why I chose them. The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the post!

  • Flour & baking powder: These provide the structure and the leavening in the batter.
  • Cocoa powder & chocolate: Natural cocoa powder will work if you don’t have Dutch-processed. You may use bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for this recipe.
  • Butter: The unsalted butter adds richness to the cookies.
  • Sugar & salt: The salt balances out the sweetness from the sugar.
  • Eggs: Make sure the eggs are at room temperature for this recipe.
  • Caramel: I cut 15 Kraft caramel squares into 6 small pieces each. These will provide a sticky and chewy texture after baking.

Equipment

This is a list of tools I used to make the recipe.

caramel and chocolate in glass bowls and original packages

How to make salted caramel brownie cookies

1. Melt the chocolate

You’ll melt the chocolate prior to mixing it into the recipe.

bowl of melted chocolate with red spatula
  1. In a medium heat-proof bowl, add chocolate and butter.
  2. Set the bowl over a pot with 1-inch of barely simmering water.
  3. You’ll want to stir constantly as the chocolate melts. Chocolate is done when it is fully melted and smooth.

The cookie dough combines dry and wet ingredients.

whipped eggs and sugar in glass bowl next to brownie cookie dough with bits of caramel
  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder until well combined. Set aside for later.
  2. Grab your stand mixer (with paddle attachment) or handheld electric mixer.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar together on medium-high speed until pale in color or about 5 minutes. Then, beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Reduce speed to low. Add melted chocolate. Mix until fully blended.
  5. Gently fold in dry ingredients with a silicone spatula. Then, add the caramel pieces by folding them in gently.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate batter for 30 minutes or until it’s firm enough to scoop.

3. Bake the cookies

You’ll scoop the batter into mounds and bake to finish the cookies.

unbaked brownie cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Grab a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop. Drop mounds of batter on the prepared cookie sheets.
  4. Sprinkle salt on top of the salted caramel brownie cookies.
  5. Bake one sheet at a time. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set and the centers look slightly underdone.
  6. Remove from oven. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Enjoy! The cookies taste best the day they are made.

Jen’s Best tips

  • Roll your mounds of cookie dough into balls for more uniform cookie shapes.
  • If you prefer a softer candy texture, you may use Werther’s Original soft caramels.
  • While I prefer flaked sea salt as a garnish, you can also use coarse sea salt.
overhead of brownie cookies dotted with salted caramel and flaked salt

Storing & Freezing

To store: You can store the cookies in an airtight container for no more than 2 days.

To Freeze: Baked cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place in a frozen-safe zip-top bag.


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brownie cookies with salted caramel on a wire rack

Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes

Decadent, fudge chocolate brownie cookies dotted with soft caramel and a sprinkle of flaked sea salt.

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup (86 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (21 g) unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 8-ounces (226 g) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup (75 g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (130 g) soft caramel candies, cut into small pieces
  • Flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder together until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Add the chocolate and butter to a medium heat-proof bowl. Set the bowl over a pot with 1-inch of barely simmering water. Stir constantly until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a handheld electric mixer, mix the eggs and sugar together on medium-high speed until pale in color, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce the speed to low and add the melted chocolate. Continue mixing until fully incorporated.
  5. Use a silicone spatula to gently fold in the flour mixture, take care not to over mix.
  6. When the dry ingredients are almost fully incorporated, add the caramel pieces. Fold gently just until they're mixed in.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes or until it's firm enough to scoop.
  8. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to drop mounds of batter on the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. (You can roll the mounds into balls if you want uniform cookie shapes.) Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of flaked sea salt.
  10. Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set but the centers still look slightly underdone.
  11. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies tasted best the day they are made.

Notes

Cocoa powder: Natural cocoa powder will work fine with this recipe if you don't have Dutch-processed.

Chocolate: You can use semisweet or bittersweet with this recipe.

Caramels: I used about 15 Kraft caramel squares cut into 6 small pieces. These caramels will become sticky and chewy after baking. You may use Werther's Original soft caramels for candies that stay a bit softer.

Sea salt: I prefer flaked sea salt for garnish. Coarse sea salt will also work. Flaked just looks prettier.

Make ahead tip

  1. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Baked cookies can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Be sure to wrap them well with plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe zip-top bag.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

* Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy by an online nutrition calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Always seek advice from a nutritionist or medical professional.

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