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Caramel-stuffed choc chunk cookies

 In Baked Goods, Dessert, Recipes, Snacks

Caramel-stuffed choc chunk cookies take a delicious choc chip cookie to new levels of awesome. These are the ultimate indulgent snack.

Caramel-stuffed choc chunk cookies

I hope you guys are ready for this because today we are going OTT to the max. I’ve been dreaming of a choc chip cookie stuffed with ooey-gooey caramel for the longest time and I’ve been working on this recipe for months. No jokes. I’ve made these so many times, every time tweaking the recipe until the end result was exactly what I wanted it to be and finally, I can share them with you. Aren’t they just gorgeous?

Caramel-stuffed choc chunk cookiesSo listen, of course a good old choc chip cookie is absolutely delicious as it is and by all means, enjoy them that way. But if like me, you just have to go over the top sometimes, these caramel-stuffed choc chunk cookies will have you scrambling to get baking in no time. And yes there’s a little faff involved but I can guarantee that it is totally worth it. I promise.

So here’s the deal: The caramel in question is what we in South Africa call “Caramel Treat”. It comes in a can and is the stuff of dreams. It’s pretty much just caramelised condensed milk and if you can’t get your hands on it, Dulce de leche will work perfectly well. And if all else fails, buy some salted caramels (caramel candies) and use them but they won’t have the same molten effect. And if you’re not into caramel, these would be equally irresistible stuffed with Nutella.

The trick to getting a thick pool of caramel in the centre of the cookie is to freeze little blobs of caramel until they harden slightly (if you’re using caramel candies you can omit this step) and then enrobe these frozen globs of yum in the cookie dough. Chill the whole story again before baking and you will have these thick,  buttery, choc-chunk studded cookies with a little surprise in the middle. I’m drooling just thinking of it.

Caramel-stuffed choc chunk cookiesCaramel-stuffed choc chunk cookies

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Caramel-stuffed choc chunk cookies take a delicious choc chip cookie to new levels of awesome. These are the ultimate indulgent snack.
Recipe type: Choc chip cookies, cookie, stuffed cookie, baking, baked goods
Serves: 8-10 cookies depending on size
  • 1 cup caramel treat/dulce de leche
for the cookie dough
  • 1½ cups butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate chunks
  1. Place teaspoonfuls of the caramel treat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for at least 1 hour.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  4. Slowly add the flour and baking powder, scraping down the bowl occasionally until all the flour has been incorporated.
  5. Add the chocolate chunks and mix well.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºc and line 3 baking trays with parchment paper.
  7. Take small handfuls of the dough and wrap around the frozen caramel ensuring the caramel is competely covered. Pinch together the seams where the dough meets and roll into a ball and place 3-4 on each tray. They spread quite a bit so you need to space them accordingly.
  8. Place the cookie dough in the fridge until the oven is pre-heated.
  9. Place the baking sheets into the oven and allow to bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown but still soft in the middle.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to chill for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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  • Laura | Tutti Dolci

    I adore these cookies, that caramel filling looks divine!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Laura. They’re completely drool worthy.

  • Cathy |

    i need this cookie in my life now! way to take an already delicious treat and propel it to the flavor stratosphere. soooooo gooooood.

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Cathy. It’s definitely been one of my finer moments. 😉

  • Thomas Coleman

    I’ve made these cookies twice following the recipe and they came out perfectly each time! I’ll continue to make them over and over again since my friends love them<3 Thank you so much for such a yummy recipe!

    • Alida Ryder

      I’m so pleased to hear that Thomas. They are definitely a winner.

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    You have so many delicious looking cookies here. I have never heard of caramel treat but need it in my life for sure! Do you deliver?

    • Alida Ryder

      It’s pretty much reached legendary status here in South Africa. We’ve even developed a dessert recipe completely revolving around it. 😉 It’s very similar to dulce de leche though so it can be easily be substituted.

  • rebecca | DisplacedHousewife

    These look so delicious Alida!! xo

  • Jess

    Omg I would die for one of these right now!!!

    • Alida Ryder

      😀 They are drool-worthy, aren’t they?

  • Angelique

    This is new levels of food porn. I love the idea of doing them with Nutella. Could peanut butter work?

    • Alida Ryder

      Ah, thanks Angelique. Yep peanutbutter would work quite well!

  • Jenni

    These cookies look so amazing. That caramel! Wowzer!

    • Alida Ryder

      That caramel is addictive stuff, let me tell you!

  • Reply

    Oh, they’re gorgeous alright! I love, love, love this recipe Alida! Can’t wait to try!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Mary Ann! It’s definitely a winner.

  • Wikus

    Delicious, love the recipe and the back story

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