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Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

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posted: 02/09/15

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These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies are AMAZING! Melt in your mouth delicious!These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies are AMAZING! Melt in your mouth delicious!


I don’t think I’ve ever talked about it before, but Gavin is essentially me in the body of a seven year old boy. We’re like the same person.

Which can be awesome at times. I mean, I can’t even tell you the times we’ve been in tears together cracking up watching slap stick comedy. I love that he got my sense of empathy. He really understands when someone else is going through something hard. It’s what drew me to social work, and I’m sure that it will serve him really well.

These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies are AMAZING! Melt in your mouth delicious!

Some of our less redeeming qualities? Ummm . . . stubborn. Competitive. And we HATE being wrong.

So lately, Gavin has been doing this to me:

“Mom. What is 15 plus 8 plus 32 plus 9 plus 41?”

These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies are AMAZING! Melt in your mouth delicious!

OMG. The anxiety! It’s like being in 3rd grade all over again and having to do Mad Minutes. Did you have those?

I want to be the first one done. I don’t want to get any wrong. I’m horrible at taking tests. I’m SO horrible at taking tests. I have to be the first one done. I have to get them all right. I cannot get any wrong. Wait. Is Leslie almost finished?? OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. Why can’t I remember what 13 plus 3 is????

I just keep reminding myself that he’s keeping me young.

Or something.

These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies are AMAZING! Melt in your mouth delicious!

My sweet little twinner loved these cookies. And I could tell he really loved them, since he asked if he could have more. Which he really never does when it comes to sweets . . . . it’s like he doesn’t want to push his luck, lol.

These start with the Perfect Sugar Cookie recipe and get a little extra salt and some caramel bits.  Caramel bits are found near the chocolate chips, heath chips, wrapped caramels, etc in the grocery store. They are like little round balls and awesome because you get the caramel taste without all the annoying unwrapping. They hold their shape in the dough, but then get melty while the cookie bakes.

These fresh out of the oven make any math problem solvable. Seriously. They are magical.


4.67 from 3 votes

Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

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  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 14 TBSPS unsalted butter 1 3/4 stick at room temperature
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 2 TBSPS kosher salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • With your mixer on medium, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the eggs (one at a time) and then the vanilla until well combined.
  • Slowly mix in the flour mixture until well combined, with your mixer set to low. Scrape down the paddle and the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Add the caramel bits and mix on low until fully combined.
  • Roll the dough into one inch sized balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or silicon mat and press down slightly. Sprinkle a small amount of the kosher salt on top of each cookie. Space the cookies about two inches apart.
  • Bake for 13 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking.
  • Let cool on the pan for about two minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Author: Lisa Longley

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  1. sue|theviewfromgreatisland says

    Those little dribbles of caramel are to die for!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Sue!

      • Joni Hafner says

        How are these after they cool? are they still that good since the caramel is probably not soft
        any more? Maybe these are the batch you make up and keep in the fridge and make as you eat? Just wondering….

        • Lisa Longley says

          They are still delicious after they cool, but like most cookies with caramel in them, the caramel does stiffen.

  2. Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble says

    These look super yummy! Salted caramel in sugar cookies sound amazing :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Kathleen!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    See, Jordan is EXACTLY Mel, which drives me insane. Mel is mellow and cool now but as a kid? Holy crap, I bless his mother. :) LOVE these!

    • Lisa Longley says

      See .. . Quinn is a mini Nathan . . . which makes him super nervous and makes him want to lock her up in the basement, lol!!

  4. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says

    This math business is even stressing me out! I wish I had a batch of cookies to make up for it!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Lol, thanks Julianne!

  5. Mir says

    Oh, my goodness. I feel you! My 7 year-old son also does the math quizzing thing. I’m an English teacher, Lisa. That is not my skill set!
    I love anything with salted caramel, and when it’s stuffed into a cookie, I’m done for. These are great!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I didn’t know you had a 7 year old, Mir! (Or I possibly did and it fell out of my brain like 50% of what goes in.) I can’t handle the math quizzes or his sudden ability to read my text messages, lol!

  6. Debi @ That Crafty Lunch Lady says

    When I saw these cookies on the Create Link Inspire party, I had to stop by and take a closer look! My mouth is watering!! LOL I’m certainly pinning this to try VERY soon. PS – math causes me anxiety too!! :o)

  7. Jackie says

    I did not see a note referred to in your recipe. Can you tell me what it said? Thanks. I’m going to make these. They look delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Jackie, this was a total sleep-deprived mom brain fart moment. I have zero idea what that referred to. I’ve been racking my brain trying to remember. I think it was related to the types of caramels I used. Yikes. Thanks!

  8. Caroline says

    What kind of caramel did you use? Can I chop up caramel candies? I am going to make them this week!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Caroline! If you click the link in the recipe, you can see the exact caramels I used. Happy baking!

      • Caroline says

        Thank you! Not available in Canada yet…but I tried Chipits Skors. It worked!

      • Caroline says

        Wow! I just made them with the Kraft caramels! I unwrapped and cut up the regular caramels, so good!

  9. Virginia Muccari says

    I was very excited to make these and while half of them did come out perfect, with half of them the caramel oozed out through the bottom. These were a stcky mess to get off of the parchment paper and then as they cooled the caramel that oozed out became hard and brittle, not good. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Virginia, I am so sorry to hear this! I know how frustrating it is when a recipe you were looking forward to doesn’t come out right. I had this happen with a few of mine, but those tough pieces mainly stayed on the pan and the cookies were still good. I would suggest, to prevent this, make sure all the caramel pieces are in the middle of the cookie, and not poking out through the bottom of the dough. Does that makes sense? Another way around this is to not mix the caramel pieces into the dough but to just press it into the top of the dough balls before baking . . .though I am way too lazy of a baker for that.

  10. Liz says

    I like this simple twist on the basic sugar cookie – caramel is delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Liz! I think that basic sugar cookies are one of my favorite desserts . . . I really need to make like 18 more variations, lol!

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