When did life get so busy? Or did I just get lazy? I made these dark chocolate caramel stuffed cookies months ago and totally forgot to post them. Maybe I forgot because Andrew and I devoured them so quickly?
This chocolate cookie recipe is based on my double chocolate chunk cookies (one of my favs) but stuffed with caramel so they’re even BETTER! Dark chocolate and caramel are one of my favorite combinations, and a little salt is great too. I think I’ll use and tweak this cookie recipe to make more new recipes because it’s really one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect base for all sorts of add-ins.
These cookies are a fun surprise to bite into, and as you’d probably expect, they are SO good when they’re still slightly warm so that the caramel in the middle is nice and sticky. Once they cool, the caramel will solidify more (like the photo above) but still delicious this way too. Dip cookies in a glass of milk, and they’re an unstoppable combination.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (higher quality is better)
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp milk
- 14-16 caramels
In one bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Beat the butter with a paddle attachment until smooth (about one minute). Add the sugars and mix until creamy. Then add the egg and vanilla, mixing for about 15 seconds. Scrape the bowl and slowly add the dry ingredients. If it becomes too thick, switch to a spoon or spatula and mix until barely combined. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until the dough softens. Chill the dough for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or a silicone mat. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop large pieces of dough from the bowl, press an unwrapped caramel into the middle and pinch the dough around it. Space seam side down on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-14 minutes. They may not appear done yet, but remove them from the oven anyway and allow to cool for several minutes. When cool enough to move, place the cookies on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Like I said, they’re best when they’re still a little warm and gooey in the middle! Enjoy!