Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jamie on June 23, 2014

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with caramel bits and sprinkled with sea salt to create a deliciously sweet and salty cookie.

Guys, I have an issue. If you keep up with My Baking Addiction on a regular basis, you may already know what I am talking about.

I have become addicted to all things salted caramel. It’s pretty much the only flavor combination that I want to bake right now. From Salted Caramel Brownies and Salted Caramel Blondies to these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies – I’m obsessed.

My recent infatuation with this sweet and salty flavor came about after a trip to Whole Foods when, against my better judgement, I picked up a container of their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. Have you tried these little bites of caramel bliss? They’re incredible – like can’t keep my fingers out of the container incredible.

saltedcaramelcookiesrecipeTrust me, you should buy them and then have your significant other hide them from you – not that I had Eric do that or anything. We also picked up an amazing watermelon – which we happily noshed on for days. It’s all about balance, my friends – at least that’s what I am telling myself.

Whole Foods Market is honestly one of our favorite places on the planet – we actually make the 40 minute drive about twice a month. Eric has a serious thing for their cheese pizza (which he typically eats in the car before we even leave the parking lot) and I’m a sucker for their mini milk chocolate covered graham crackers. We actually mapped the nearest Whole Foods to our potential vacation rentals before we made our final decision. Ridiculous? Maybe, but priorities!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies start with my absolute favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, but they get kicked up a notch with the addition of caramel bits and a sprinkling of sea salt. These cookies are my new go-to recipe for summer barbecues, family get togethers and just overall cookie eating. Make them, make them, MAKE THEM – you can thank me later.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 23rd, 2014

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes plus chill time

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 pound dark chocolate chips
1 cup Kraft Caramel Bits
Sea salt

Directions:

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Add in chocolate chips and caramel bits and mix on low speed until just combined. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 2-ounce mounds of dough (about the size of golf balls) onto baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 13-15 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.

Notes:

- For regular sized cookies, use a heaping tablespoon and bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.

Adapted from the New York Times


{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

YayaOrchid June 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Looks like a great recipe. Is the 23-36 hour fridge wait absolutely necessary?

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Cookbook Queen June 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Salted caramel for president!! These are fabulous!

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Christi @ Love From The Oven June 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Wow, these look ah-mazing!

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Jessica @ Sweet Menu June 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Wow! My three favourite things – chocolate, cookies and caramel! These look amazing!

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Victoria June 24, 2014 at 2:41 am

Hi! I absolutely love your recipes! I’m from the UK so I am not sure what you mean by cake flour? Is that self raising or plain?
Also, baking soda – we have bicarbonate of soda or baking power, I’m not sure which one I should be using for your recipes.
Thank you xxxxx

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Jamie June 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Hi Victoria,
Cake flour is not self raising or plain (we call that all-purpose). It has lower protein content and is usually bleached. But you can make your own. For every 1 cup called for in the recipe, do the following: Take 1 cup plain flour and remove 2 tablespoons of flour and replace this with 2 tablespoons cornstarch – I believe you call that cornflour – in the recipe. Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda.
– Jamie

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Jennie @themessybakerblog June 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

Gotta love those small bites of dark chocolate, caramel, and sea salt combined–heaven! These cookies look scrumptious. Pinned.

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Jamie June 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

Thanks so much for Pinning, Jennie! :)

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom June 25, 2014 at 7:58 am

oh my goodness, love these and can’t wait to try the recipe!!

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Jamie June 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

Thanks so much for stopping, Alice!

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Michelle @ Life on the Horizon June 26, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Yes please! Yum!

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Tracy | Pale Yellow June 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

Love all the summer baking!

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sherri June 29, 2014 at 12:56 am

Hello, I’m new to your site…and have just put my first batch of your cookies in the fridge to chill. I don’t have a paddle attachment…I still use a handheld beater. Will this change the cookies?

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Jamie July 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Sherri-
That will be just fine – I hope you enjoyed the cookies!
Jamie

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Renee @ Awesome on $20 July 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

These cookies sound incredible. Going to Whole Foods is such a nightmare for me. It’s super crowded and so expensive. It makes me happy that someone is able to get some joy out of it. I want to get some joy out of those cookies!

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Ellen July 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Glad to know there is another person as determined as myself on finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I got so frustrated following the Toll House Recipe to the T only to have flat greasy cookies. I’ve played around with cooking times, amounts of flour, etc. Looks like you have arrived on the perfect recipe!!! I LOVE the look of these cookies as well as the texture and taste! My question is: after the refrigeration, do you allow the dough to come to room temp? It is quite difficult to scoop a hard dough.
Thanks!
Ellen

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Deb P July 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I can’t find the Kraft caramel bits anywhere! Did you find them at a supermarket? Thanks.

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Jamie August 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

They are usually found near the baking chips. I hope you find them.

-Jamie

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Jessica K August 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Making the dough for these tonight! Can’t wait to eat them tomorrow! :)

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Sarah October 22, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Just made a batch. They’re divine. I don’t know if anyone got their answers to the question of chilling time. I put my batch in the fridge for the requisite 24 hours. The dough was hard as a rock and difficult as heck to scoop into. So, to that end, I will say that the really cold dough does not flatten out as much in baking as the softened dough — the softened dough spreads out a bit. Also, I took the experiment a little bit further and baked off some batches early (little scoops around 9 minutes) and some other larger, softer ones later (larger scoops baked a bit longer — maybe 12 minutes). Both are quite good — the difference is a soft, tall, gooey, smaller cookie vs. a flatter, crispier, larger, browner cookie — both taste good and are equally pretty. My pro-tip would be: sprinkle a little extra sea salt on at the very end, just when you take the cookies out of the oven when they’re still moist on the pan. Makes a huge difference. You really get the saltiness of the experience this way.

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Jan November 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

What is bread flour?

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Jamie November 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Jan-
Bread flour has more protein content than all-purpose and it helps to develop the gluten for a better bread texture. It is usually found near the all-purpose flour in the grocery store. I hope this is helpful.

-Jamie

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Judy Morrow December 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

May I ask if these cookies are suitable for mailing? Thanks!

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Jamie December 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Judy-
Yes, I think they would be fine to mail as long as they’ll be arriving in 2-3 days. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by!
-Jamie

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