Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So a few months back I was at the grocery store picking up a few things when I spotted a bag of Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. Of course being the cookie obsessed woman that I am I had to buy them. I am slightly embarrassed to say that my husband and I ate the entire bag later that evening. Since then we have vowed to never eat that many cookies in one sitting ever again. That stomach ache was horrible… but probably worth it. Since then I have tried finding these cookies every time I go to the store. It’s been months and I still can’t find them. Isn’t that just the worst? So I’ve been craving these delicious soft, chewy caramely (not a word…just go with it!) cookies for months. Since I couldn’t find them I thought I’d try making them. Why not right?

After the first batch I asked Calvin, my husband and eager tester for his brutally honest opinion. He had a two suggestions… more chocolate and smaller chunks of caramel. He then thought about it for a minute and said actually these are amazing! So of course I still made a few tweaks because I can’t leave well enough alone, but he was right these are amazing! Dare I say better then the store bought version.

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This cookie recipe is an adaptation of my favourite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I love it because it’s super flavourful, rich, soft and chewy without being cakey or doughy. It was the perfect base for these cookies. I also chose to use milk chocolate chips in this cookie because it’s a favourite in my house, but since these are salted I thought the extra sweetness would work well. As for the caramel part of this cookie I first thought I would make homemade caramels and pack these cookies full of them. But really who has time for that? Honestly? As much as I love homemade caramel sauce and we know I love it, here, here and here. I just didn’t this the extra effort was worth it in this case. I used those caramels you get at Halloween that are wrapped in cellophane. Now that I think about it though unwrapping all those caramels was kind of a pain in the ass… possibly more then making homemade caramel. Regardless I used soft caramel candies and chopped them up into halves and quarters to add them to the batter. You need to chop them otherwise you get huge chunks of caramel that are crazy chewy and will remove all your loose fillings!

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These cookies might actually be the best cookies I’ve ever made, but my Christmas cookies are coming soon so maybe we can top them? If it means more taste testing I’m up for the challenge!

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields : 16-18 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips (Dark, milk or semi sweet)
  • 40 Caramel Candies (approx 1/2 cup)
  • Flakey Sea Salt

Directions:

Melt butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until just starting to melt. Cream butter on high until whipped and pale white in colour about 2 minutes. Add sugar and beat on high until smooth about 1 minute. Add eggs and vanilla, beat on medium until combined.

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium-sized bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat on low until just combined. It’s ok if some four is still showing.

Chop un wrapped caramel candies into thirds and quarters. Measure out a half cup of the chopped caramels. Reserve the rest for later. Fold in chocolate chips and caramel pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Using an ice cream scoop or two spoons to scoop out the dough. Roll the dough into balls and press on or two of the remaining caramel pieces into the top of each ball of dough. Space the cookies 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake cookies for about 15 – 17 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with flaky sea salt immediately. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Adapted from Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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