Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Tis the season of cookie baking!  And this time of year, the bigger and grander and merrier, the better.  This cookie recipe is a ridiculously good mash-up of a few of my favorite things: caramel, chocolate (and chocolate in CHUNKS, thank you very much), with a teeny bit of sea salt sprinkled on top to give them that sweet and slightly salty thing that drives me out of my mind.  In a good way.  Not in a how on earth am I going to get everything done before Christmas Eve way.

Anyway, this recipe comes from the Picky Palate site, which is always my first stop when I get a craving  for over-the-top desserts of any kind, and these were no exception.  The original recipe calls for making them in muffin top pans (yes, these are BIG cookies), but even with all the mountains of stuff I have in my kitchen, I didn’t have a muffin top pan.  But did I let that stop me?  Goodness, no.  I just scooped them out onto cookie sheets in the vague shape of muffin tops, and they baked up just fine.

So, since we are in the season of holiday parties and cookie swaps and general chocolate-covered mayhem, if you are looking for a serious cookie, give these babies a try.  

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ Tablespoons pure vanilla
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce
  • 3¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 12 oz bag mini chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups chocolate chunks or chunk-size chopped good quality chocolate
  • Sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until well combined. Beat in the eggs and vanilla following the caramel sauce until well combined.
  2. Place the flour, salt and baking soda into a large bowl; mix. Slowly add to wet ingredients then add the mini chocolate chips.
  3. Place ¼ cup of cookie dough on a cookie sheet. Press down then sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt then press chocolate chunks over top. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until just golden around edges. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

From Picky Palate



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  1. maybe your mom has a muffin top pan somewhere? From what I hear…she has everythign baking/cooking related. 😛

    These are awesomely huge cookies. The only kind worth eating.

  2. jillian :: cornflake dreams. says:

    YUM! these look SO tasty. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  3. I love the salty/sweet combo, too! This recipe looks like a knockout!!

  4. FramedCooks says:

    You are right Joanne – right after this post went up she emailed me to say she had one!! Of course she does. :)

  5. ElisabethSpace says:

    I feel it's my duty to tell you that I just made these sweet little cookies with only half the amount of butter called for in the recipe (I only had 1 stick on hand) and the finished product is delicious! From the taste and consistency alone, I would *never* know I had halved the butter. As a lame attempt at a substitution, I quickly threw in 1T of flax meal mixed into 1T of water. Now I'm wondering how crazy good these cookies are when made according to the recipe. :)

  6. Are these suppose to come out more of a cake like consistency than crisp or chewy? I believe I followed the recipe correctly but would like some feedback. Thanks

  7. Framed Cooks says:

    They are definitely more cake-like, although I did get some chewiness around the edges. It's because they are so nice and BIG, I think. :)

  8. Framed Cooks says:

    and ElisabethSpace…I don't think I have ever had less than 2 pounds of butter on hand at all times. You are a woman with a LOT more self-control than me. AND you make gorgeous earrings…I'm wearing mine now! <3

  9. Baked these this afternoon noon and oh gosh, they are AMAZING! :) Probably my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing, and happy holidays! :)

  10. the salty sweet combo, Excellent! love it!


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