Caramel Cookies

Grab your baking supplies to make these gooey Chocolate Caramel Cookies topped with chopped Pecans! The hidden caramel is a delicious surprise to the palate! They are a wonderful all season cookie that is perfect for the holidays and parties!

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Chocolate Caramel Cookies

How to Make Caramel Cookies

Gather all your baking ingredients and begin with making the cookie dough. I love making the dough the previous day keeping it chilled in the refrigerator. When making the dough and cookies in the same day, plan time to chill the dough. At minimum chill the dough for 2-hours because colder dough is easier to form the Caramel Cookies. For the center chew, consider using Rolo candies, caramel chew or a chocolate covered caramel chew. 

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Caramel Cookies

Making the Caramel Cookies dough is straightforward. Start with creaming the butter, adding the sugar and remaining ingredients. Place the dough in the refrigerator dividing into 4 parts once chilled. Work with one part at a time, leaving the remainder in the refrigerator. Take 1 tablespoon of dough, flatten it in your hand, place a caramel candy in the middle, and cover it with the dough. Roll the dough into a ball covering the caramel candy. Dip the cookie tops into the sugar and pecan mixture. Place the cookies sugar side up 2-inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Enjoy straight out of the oven or at room temperature. 

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Caramel Cookies

Grab your baking supplies to make these gooey Chocolate Caramel Cookies topped with chopped Pecans! The hidden caramel is a delicious surprise to the palate! They are a wonderful all season cookie that is perfect for the holidays and parties!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Chill Dough in refrigerator2 hrs
Course: Cookies, Desserts, Holidays
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Cookies, Chocolate Caramel Cookies
Servings: 48 Cookies
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Bernice

Ingredients

Cookie Batter Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar packed
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour sifted
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¾ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder sifted
  • 1/2 cup Pecans chopped

Cookie Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Pecans chopped
  • 1 tbsp White Sugar
  • 48 Chocolate-covered Caramel Candies unwrapped

Instructions

Baking Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bake for 7 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Line cookie trays with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Cookie Batter Preparation

  • Beat butter until creamy.
  • Gradually beat in white sugar and brown sugar.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well.
  • Stir in 1/2-cup pecans.
  • Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Cookie Topping Preparation
  • Combine 1/2-cup chopped pecans with the sugar in a small bowl.

Cookie Preparation

  • Take the prepared dough out of the refrigerator.
  • Divide the dough into 4 parts. Work with one part at a time, leaving the remainder in the refrigerator until needed.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of dough, flatten it in your hand, place a caramel candy in the middle, and cover it with the dough.
  • Roll into a ball. Be sure to completely cover the caramel candy so it does not break during baking.
  • Dip the tops into the sugar, pecan mixture.
  • Place sugar side up, placing 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 7 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Let cool for 3 to 4 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool for a few minutes.

Notes

Calories are approximate depending upon the cookie size. The total baking time depends upon how many trays of cookies baked at the same time. The estimated 18-minutes cooking time is based upon two batches of cookies in the oven; the time could be higher or less if using a double oven. 
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