Chocolate Caramel Cookies

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These chocolate caramel cookies are the ultimate treat! Fudgy chocolate thumbprint cookies filled with homemade salted caramel sauce and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt. If you love chocolate and caramel, these will become your new favorite cookies!

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Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Cookies with Salted Caramel

  • So Chocolatey: Made with Dutch process cocoa powder for a rich, dark chocolate flavor.
  • Perfect Texture: These cookies are wonderfully chewy.
  • Gooey Caramel Filling: Filled with homemade salted caramel sauce that melts in your mouth.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Servings 32 cookies


#### For the Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

#### For the Salted Caramel

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • ½ cup heavy cream at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼-½ teaspoon sea salt to taste


#### For the Chocolate Cookies

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg yolks and vanilla, mixing on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined.
  • Scoop the dough into 32 portions using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop. Roll each portion into a ball, then press the center with a ¼ teaspoon to create an indent. Chill the dough balls for one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the chilled dough balls 12 per parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes (10 minutes for chewier cookies).
  • Immediately after baking, press the centers again with a ¼ teaspoon if needed. Use a circular cookie cutter to shape the cookies into perfect circles while they are still hot. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

#### For the Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Add the granulated sugar to a large saucepan and heat over medium-low. Stir continuously as the sugar melts and turns golden in color. This process takes about 20 minutes.
  • Once the sugar has melted and turned golden, add the butter immediately and stir quickly until incorporated.
  • Add the heavy cream and stir quickly again to combine. If the mixture separates, increase the heat slightly and stir vigorously until combined.
  • Stir in the sea salt and vanilla extract. Let the caramel simmer on low for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool completely.

#### Assembling the Cookies

  • Once the cookies are completely cooled, fill each indent with a heaping teaspoon of caramel sauce.
  • Sprinkle sea salt on top of the caramel and serve!

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