Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok, so I know every food blog you visit probably has a “best chocolate chip cookie” recipe, and I’m not going to try and convince you that these cookies are the BEST EVER, but I will be straight up honest and say they are REALLY good. They’re soft and chewy, with the perfect amount of sweetness and a little bit of saltiness from the sea salt caramel chips.

I KNEW I had to make a cookie with these chips as soon as I saw the bag at Walmart.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

I LOVE salted caramel!! Evidence? Here, here and here. I should actually just have a blog dedicated to salted caramel – I love it that much. Ok, Katherine – calm down. You love it. We get it.

Back to the cookies. Do you find you sometimes make a cookie recipe before realizing that maybe you don’t want 64 cookies? Or you were hoping for more than 12? I created this recipe to make about 24 cookies; to me, that’s the perfect amount. Just enough that you can serve them to friends or kids if they’re coming over, but still have some leftover to eat in private (on the couch, watching Netflix, shamelessly sitting in sweats) ๐Ÿ™‚ I also find that if I make too many cookies of the same kind at once, the fam and I get kind of sick of them and then they start to go stale.

That being said – these cookies are ridiculous, so it would be perfectly ok to make a double batch. Maybe even freeze half of the dough for later! I actually made a double batch this time so I could gift some to my girlfriend who just had a baby.

The dough. Is. EASY.

It’s got your basic cookie ingredients; brown and white sugar, butter, vanilla, flour…oh, and that little bit of cornstarch that makes the cookies SO soft and chewy! Trust me, don’t leave it out. I add it to a lot of my cookie recipes, including this mini egg skillet cookie (pssst – mini eggs are back in stores)!!

You should definitely chill the dough for at least an hour before baking, as agonizing as that might be. It will prevent the cookies from “pancaking” – this sounds delicious, but it’s not what you want in a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie! If you’ve made a double batch and want to freeze half, roll half of the dough into balls and freeze on a cookie tray for an hour before popping them into a Ziploc bag. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to 2 months!

We all need a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this one is great go-to. Swap out the semi-sweet chips for all sea salt caramel chips, or vice versa. Feel free to play around!

Oh, and be sure to show me your creation by tagging #loveinmyoven on Instagram!

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yield 24 cookies

A classic soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie with the added bonus of sea salt caramel chips!ย 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sea salt caramel chips*
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter for about 1 minute, or until fluffy and whipped. Add both sugars, mixing until combined. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. With the mixer running on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and either mix by hand with a large wooden spoon (my preference) or mix just until combined. Cover the dough tightly and chill for at least 1 hour, and up to 3 days.*
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 Fย and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Using about 1.5 tbsp of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls and place them on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. I had 12 on each tray. Bake the cookies for 10-11 minutes, removing them from the oven as soon as the outsides are light brown; they will look underdone in the middle, but that's what you want!
  4. Burn your tongue and possibly your fingers by eating a few cookies RIGHT out of the oven.ย 
  5. Leave the remaining cookies on the tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookies stay fresh at room temperature, in an airtight container, for up to 2 weeks. Cookies can also be frozen, for up to 2 months; see Notes for instructions on freezing the dough.

Notes

  1. I used the Hershey's brand sea salt caramel chips; you can swap this out for any other flavor, or just more semi-sweet chips!
  2. Dough can also be rolled into balls at this point and frozen. Freeze the balls for an hour on a cookie sheet before removing to a Ziploc bag to freeze for up to 2 months.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

A classic soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie with the added bonus of sea salt caramel chips!
 

28 Comments

  1. I love salted caramel! And the cornstarch in the dough, ๐Ÿ‘yes! Makes for pillows

  2. I have those Chip-its at home right noooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anywho, now that I have that out of my system, I need to make those cookies. I salty/sweet is one of my absolute favourite combos. I could eat that entire stack, but I won’t. Some self control, lol.
    P.S. Ain’t no shame on the couch in sweats ๐Ÿ˜‰
    P.P.S Mini eggs back in store? Need to get my little hands on those. They are awesome! Hope you’re having a lovely week, Katherine! XO

    • Yaaaaaaay! We’re two of a kind, Dawn! You definitely have to make the cookies, otherwise you’ll end up like me eating the entire bag of chip-its on the couch haha!
      Mini eggs – YES! Along with all of the other delightful Easter candies. Hooray! Cheers, Dawn!

  3. this might be a politically correct, bs sounding statement, but: there’s no best chocolate chip cookie, because they’re all good!! sometimes you want a super chewy one, sometimes you want a crispyyyyy one, sometimes you want one with sea salt and caramel. and have you ever had a bad chocolate chip cookie?! (jk yes i have but still).

  4. Salted caramel is the only thing I can think of to make a good cookie even better. These sound insanely good! And itโ€™s great that the batch only makes 24 cookies; since I have no self control around salted caramel Iโ€™d rather have a limited number around ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Those indulgent cookies look thick and fudgy and loaded with salted caramel chips! mmm-mmm good! I’ve got to try these and I like the portion control thing. 24 sounds about right. ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe

  6. Salted caramel is one of my favorite things EVER!! I mean, it’s just so damn good!! Needless to say, I am totally swooning over these cookies! They look dangerously delicious in the very best way!! Cheers, doll!

  7. I have to find those salted caramel chips!! I need to make these thick and lovely looking cookies soon! And I agree on making a small batch of cookies! thanks for sharing Kathy ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Well you know what? I don’t have โ€œbest chocolate chip cookieโ€ on my blog. That’s a bit upsetting. But I believe yours are really good. I like their texture and the amount of sugar (most of recipes call for way more of sugar which makes cookies unbearably sweet). Also, as I don’t always follow the recipes (but rather use my intuition), I often end up having way more cookies than was hoping to have ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I think you’re going to have to change that, Ben!! Your cookies are sure to be delicious! Hah – I often have way more cookies than what was intended as well. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but often you get tired of the same cookie!!

  9. Katherine, you can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes. I love trying many of them, some are chewy, some crisp, some with tons of chocolate and now this deliciousness sea salt caramel choc chip cookies, it sounds AMAZING. I love this so stashing on pinterest to try SOON.

  10. I’m always up for another chocolate chip cookie recipe Katherine! Perfect for weekend baking!

  11. These cookies look seriously addictive, Katherine! I’m going to have to find out how addictive they are! Pinning!

  12. marcie@flavorthemoments

    These sure look like they could be the best ever Katherine! They’re perfectly thick and chewy and when you add sea salt, chocolate chips and caramel, they’re irresistible in my eyes. I’d love to order a couple dozen please!

  13. I love how thick these cookies look! Looks like the perfect bite ๐Ÿ™‚ I MUST find those chipits!!! And I totally agree that 24 cookies is the perfect amount! XOXO

  14. crumbtopbaking

    I love those sea salt caramel chips to Katherine, but amazingly, I haven’t tried them in chocolate chip cookies yet! What is wrong with me? I also agree that 24 is a good number of cookies to make. I usually half recipes that make more. And even when I make 24, I end up freezing some for later. I’ll definitely be making these cookies some time soon!

    • I’m glad you’ve at least tried the chipits! You’re not missing out ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’ve got to try them in cookies though!! Yes – cookie recipes are always way too many, and I like cookies a lot! I hope you love them!! Thanks Leanne

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