Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 25, 2017Teresa

I absolutely adore Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies! These delightful cookies have it all. Sea salt caramel chips and chocolate chips in a delicious chocolate chip cookie dough. Yes, caramel chips and chocolate chips blend together in a heavenly way in this scrumptious cookie. Everything about the cookie is perfect. 🙂

Back at the end of July, my husband and I stayed with my sister and her husband in a condo in Breckenridge, Colorado. We’ve been there many times throughout the years and stayed with this particular resort several times as well. We love to shop in all the quaint shops there as well as EAT, EAT and EAT some more! One of the things we always do is stop by a local cookie shop where we buy hundreds way too many cookies. It was hideous how many cookies we bought (enough for a month probably!)

One of the cookies I sampled was a Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was with that cookie. It was horribly salty. I mean SO salty that I could hardly eat the thing. It was awful. Rarely do I write negatively about something bad I’ve tried from restaurants, bakeries or food blogs. Ratting out someone else’s work is not my style. But this cookie was R-E-A-L-L-Y B-A-D! I’m not sure where they came up with their recipe but I don’t see how they can sell much of it because you wouldn’t have any repeat customers. Enough.

So I determined when I got home from our Colorado vacation to try to make a delicious cookie with sea salt caramels and chocolate chips that wasn’t so salty that you had to spit the cookie out! I believe I accomplished that with this fantastic cookie. I have a favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie dough (Mrs. Field’s Copycat recipe), that I’ve improved upon that I use as my base. But instead of three cups of chocolate chips, this recipe has 2 cups of chocolate chips and 2 cups of sea salt caramel chips so it’s extra rich, decadent and absolutely divine!

If you want to thrill your family and friends then you’ve got to make these delicious jewels for your next potluck, tailgating party or to fill your cookie jar. I guarantee they’re not too salty–they’re just right. You’ll gobble them down in no time (no spitting the cookies out with this recipe!) 🙂 Yes, you may even start drooling. I think it’s time for me to make up another batch…..

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies are divine!

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

These cookies are perfect for holiday baking, tailgating parties or family desserts.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

If you enjoy caramel and chocolate, you’ll find these cookies heavenly.

Here’s what I did.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

I used these ingredients.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Soften butter and place in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Mix with an electric mixer until creamy.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add a bag of sea salt caramel chips and chocolate chips.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Roll dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheets.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes or until done.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Your friends and family are sure to love these delicious cookies.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies are a dream. Everyone will love them.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

I guarantee you will drool over every bite. 

Here’s the recipe.

SEA SALT CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

(My own concoction)

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These heavenly cookies contain both sea salt caramel and chocolate chips in a delicious copycat recipe of Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookies. Rich, decadent, amazing!
Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour, caramel chips and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. Shape dough with hands into golf ball-sized dough balls and place a couple inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until edges are light brown.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Some have suggested this batter is dry. It's not a bit dry if you stir the ingredients enough! Also, if your cookies don't puff up and spread while baking then check your baking powder and baking soda. It is probably old. If you want this recipe to work properly, use fresh baking soda and baking powder and make sure you stir every bit of flour into the dough until no grains remain on the bottom of the bowl.

NOTE: If you have a hot oven, I highly recommend you decrease your temperature to 325. Otherwise, the cookies will cook too fast and not raise and spread properly.

NOTE: I rotate racks about every 6-8 minutes of baking time.

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Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Give Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies a try the next time you have a potluck or backyard BBQ you’re attending.

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

Don’t forget to include these cookies for your Christmas Cookie Exchanges!

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert

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Print Recipe
Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
These heavenly cookies contain both sea salt caramel and chocolate chips in a delicious copycat recipe of Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookies. Rich, decadent, amazing!
Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! They have double the #caramel & #chocolate chips so they're rich, decadent & heavenly. #dessert
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour, caramel chips and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. Shape dough with hands into golf ball-sized dough balls and place a couple inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until edges are light brown.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Some have suggested this batter is dry. It's not a bit dry if you stir the ingredients enough! Also, if your cookies don't puff up and spread while baking then check your baking powder and baking soda. It is probably old. If you want this recipe to work properly, use fresh baking soda and baking powder and make sure you stir every bit of flour into the dough until no grains remain on the bottom of the bowl.

NOTE: If you have a hot oven, I highly recommend you decrease your temperature to 325. Otherwise, the cookies will cook too fast and not raise and spread properly.

NOTE: I rotate racks about every 6-8 minutes of baking time.

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36 Comments

  • Melanie

    August 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I made these today. They are amazing! I had no issues with them being dry. I only used 3 cups flour and actually used my mixer to mix in the flour instead of a wooden spoon. I still used the wooden spoon to mix in the chips.

    1. Teresa

      August 4, 2019 at 8:12 am

      Hi, Melanie, so glad you enjoyed the cookies. That’s a great idea about mixing the flour in with the mixer. That ensures everything is mixed well enough so that the ingredients aren’t too dry. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Melanie

        August 4, 2019 at 10:56 am

        Served them for coffee after church today. They were a huge hit! Not a single cookie left and had a request for the recipe.

        1. Teresa

          August 5, 2019 at 6:58 am

          Hi, Melanie. So glad everyone enjoyed these delicious cookies! They certainly were delicious for our family. 🙂

  • catherine

    March 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I weigh out my flour and sugar since cups vary but weight is the same. Do you offer metric measurements?

    1. Teresa

      March 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      I’m sorry, Catherine, I don’t have metric measurements.

  • Kathie

    February 10, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I was apprehensive about making these cookies after reading the comments. I compared the recipe to my usual chocolate chip cookie recipe and I would have to agree that the ratio of wet to dry ingredients is disproportionate. I added 1/2 C butter, 1 egg, 1 t of vanilla and 1 t of baking soda. I omitted the baking powder because mine was out of date. The cookies turned out great and spread just fine. I have not tried one yet, but they look good!

    1. Teresa

      February 11, 2019 at 7:31 am

      Hi, Kathie. So glad the cookies turned out well for you.

    2. Super yummy! I used Hershey salted Carmel chips which are a million times better than the Ghirardelli and used the 60% Ghirardelli chocolate and just 3 cups flour.

      September 30, 2019 at 10:51 am

      So yummy! Used Hershey salted Carmel chips, the Ghirardelli salted Carmel chips are horrible, and used the 60% Ghirardelli chocolate chips and used just 3 cups flour. Fantastic!

      1. Teresa

        October 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

        So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kathie.

  • Bethany

    January 1, 2019 at 2:48 am

    There looks to be milk in the photo of the ingredients, but not in the recipe. Did I miss it? Is that why everyone’s batter is dry?

    1. Bethany

      January 1, 2019 at 2:50 am

      Just kidding, I see that’s sugar now.

      1. Teresa

        January 1, 2019 at 7:29 am

        🙂

    2. Teresa

      January 1, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Hi Bethany. I didn’t find the batter dry, but I stirred the ingredients really well. If you think the ingredients are too dry you can try making it with 1/4 cup less flour. Enjoy.

      1. Bethany

        February 4, 2019 at 3:15 am

        I made them, and they turned out great! No issues here. Thank you!

        1. Teresa

          February 4, 2019 at 7:07 am

          So glad you enjoyed them, Bethany! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Mary

    March 22, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Baking soda new , used less flour, still dry and didn’t flatten. If all the comments are the same, I think you must adjust the recipe!

    1. Teresa

      March 23, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Hi, Mary. I’m sorry you didn’t have a good experience with this recipe. I’ve never had a problem with my cookies not spreading enough. I always use unbleached flour in my recipes and that may make a difference. My oven also tends to run slow, plus when you rotate racks frequently (every five to six minutes) that takes the temperature down even farther. Maybe you have a hot oven and it’s cooking the cookies too fast. Perhaps you could try adjusting the temperature to about 325 and see if they turn out better.

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  • Suzanne phillips

    September 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Mine didn’t flatten during cooking. What did I do wron? Still tastey though.

    1. Teresa

      September 30, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Hi, Suzanne. Sometimes it’s the baking powder if it’s old. You may have to decrease your flour by 1/8 or 1/4 of a cup. Hope that helps.

    2. Kelly Taylor

      November 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      So is this your usual cookie dough receipe before you put in the chips? Thanks – can’t wait to make these !!

      1. Teresa

        November 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm

        Hi, Kelly. This is my favorite cookie dough. It’s a variation on Todd Wilbur’s copycat recipe for Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. The main difference is I’ve increased the flour and bake the cookies slightly longer. The dough will work with any combination of fruits, chips or nuts. I absolutely love it! Of course, it’s terrific with sea salt caramel chips and chocolate chips too. Prepare to drool!

    3. Anonymous

      November 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I find mine were too dry (too much flour), also didn’t flatten. Most of my cookie recipes use 2 1/2 – 3 cups flour for 1 cup butter. But still pretty tasty.

      1. Teresa

        November 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

        Hi there, some of it depends on the kind of flour used. When I’m making large batches I find I have to use more flour. When I’m making smaller batches I usually use less. Also, I’ve noticed that the large eggs I’ve been getting have been more like jumbo! That means I have to increase the flour slightly.

    4. Matt

      February 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      It’s not the baking soda, the ratio of fat to dry ingredients is off. Way off

      1. Teresa

        February 5, 2018 at 7:46 am

        Hi Matt. You can try making these cookies with a little less flour, but you will probably have to chill the cookie dough balls before baking so the cookies don’t spread too much while baking.

  • Sandy

    August 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks Teresa
    I will check out the Carmel sea salt chips at the supercenter Walmart in my area. I sure hope they have them.

    1. Teresa

      August 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Me, too! Enjoy.

  • Sandy

    August 30, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks Teresa,
    I will check out the Super Center, Walmart near me to see if they have The chips that I need for the recipe.

    1. Teresa

      August 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Hope you can find them, Sandy. These are terrific cookies.

  • Ana

    August 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Oh my God it is yummy I tried this morning for my mother in law, she is german she don’t really fancy cookies , she prefered cakes, any way to make me happy she break the cookies in half and I will try it. At the end she eat half a jar. Hehehe,thankyou so much treasa, may happiness be on you always. Thankyou

    1. Teresa

      August 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks, Ana. I’m glad she liked the recipe. It’s a favorite of ours.

  • Sandy

    August 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Your cookie sure do look delicious. I have never seen sea salt caramel chips. Matter of fact this is the first time I have ever heard of them. Can you give me some idea where I might find them?

    1. Teresa

      August 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Hi, Sandy. I find sea salt caramel chips at Kroger. Other comparable grocery stores would be IGA, H-E-B, King Souper, Food Lion or others in the Kroger line. I think I’ve purchased the Hershey’s brand from Walmart – but it was one of their larger stores with better stock.

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