Tasty Thursday: Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Cookies

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 Full disclosure: I updated this to include a new, better picture of the cookies, after making it many, many times and have finally perfected it to our tastes. I added caramel sauce into the dough which makes for a much chewier, yummier cookie. If you like caramel that is.

I will never be a food blogger. My food never turns out the way it looks in the recipe book or someone’s blog (usually a food blogger). When I’m terribly unlucky, baking disasters happen.

Sometimes though, the baking gods smile upon me and I get lucky.

Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Cookies

They were chewy, chocolatey and slightly salty. Mine looks nothing like the original recipe which I found on The Novice Chef (ohmygod I love her site) – mine doesn’t look as evenly shaped (they’re perfect) and I did not put ice cream in my cookies. But you totally should. Both bake it and stick some ice-cream in them to make a cookie sandwich.

Go. Make. This. Now.

Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Cookies
A delicious chocolate caramel sea salt cookie recipe
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  1. 1/2 stick (57 gm) unsalted butter
  2. 4 ounces 70% chocolate, chopped
  3. 1/2 cup (62.5 gm)all-purpose flour
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  8. 3/4 cup (169 gm) granulated sugar
  9. 1 large egg
  10. 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  11. 1/4 cup homemade salted caramel sauce
  12. Large-flake sea salt for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Microwave in 20 second increments until chocolate and butter are melted, and stir to combine.
  4. Transfer chocolate mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add sugar, egg, vanilla essence (updated to add) and caramel sauce; mix on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture.
  5. Roll 2 (heaping) tablespoons worth of dough between hands to create dough balls that are 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Place cookie dough balls two inches apart on baking sheet. Sprinkle tops of cookies with large-flake sea salt.
  6. Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, or until tops are crackled and cookies have spread out a bit. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from The Novice Chef
Adapted from The Novice Chef
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  • January 5, 2012 Elena

    You just may get me back into baking after the Christmas disaster with these cookies. I love sea salt on cookies…such a good combo.
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      This was totally easy. It took all of 45 minutes from start to when the cookies went into my mouth!

  • January 5, 2012 RoryBore

    oh my……sweet and salty together is perfect! too bad it is almost 10 pm as I discover this. or is it never too late to bake a batch of cookies?
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      It is NEVER too late to bake cookies!

  • January 5, 2012 My Inner Chick

    –Mama, A.
    I love the idea of Salt W/ Sugar…especially if it’s C H O C O L A T E!!
    SOOooo glad these turned out for you. They look oh-so-Dreamy. WOW. xx

    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      My latest obsession – salty sweet!

  • January 5, 2012 julie gardner

    I don’t know what part of this you think looks like a disaster.

    You need to come by my house when I try to bake.

    You’ll LOVE yourself. For real.
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      That it looks ever so slightly like dried up cat poop? 🙂

      You write beautifully, it’s only fair baking skills are not in your forte. (joking!)

  • January 5, 2012 Maureen

    Oh be still, my growling stomach! That looks mighty delicious 😀

    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      It IS might delicious!

  • January 5, 2012 Rachel (Totally Ovar It)

    Oh dear lord, I’m fairly sure I love you. Will be trying out this recipe this weekend. If I had the espresso, I would make them RIGHT THIS MINUTE! Getting excited thinking about it! Thank you for sharing.
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Yes, it’s a MUST-TRY. I used instant coffee powder, and it worked too!

  • January 5, 2012 Terumi

    Totally going to wreck my New Year’s resolutions when I make these:) They’re like my favorite truffles but in a cookie-yum!
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      Eating two a day is not breaking resolutions 🙂

  • January 5, 2012 Stasha

    Chocolate and sea salt combo is my absolute favorite. Must try these. Also, they look great!!
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      They are super easy. Little J can help!

  • January 5, 2012 Jess

    These sound delicious minus the espresso powder. Can I leave that out?
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      It’s only 1/2 tsp so yes, I think leaving it out should be A-OK.

  • January 5, 2012 Ann

    They sound amazing and look better than you think! The Novice Chef is absolutely amazing – I’m crazy about her site, too! Happy Baking!
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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      As long as they taste good, I can get over how it looks 😉

  • January 5, 2012 Galit Breen

    Good lord, woman! There’s *nothing* like salty sweet! Love this!

    {Will stay away from it for a few weeks while I get -ahem- back on track, but then? Must. Make.}

    Meanwhile, pinning so others can indulge. I’m a giver.

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    • January 5, 2012 Alison

      Ooh, thank you for Pinning!!!

  • January 5, 2012 Lola

    These look AWESOME. My tongue and tummy thank you. Although my thighs and ass are giving you the finger.
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha!! You’ll still be hot, not to worry.

  • January 5, 2012 JDaniel4s Mom

    Delicious! This looks so good!

    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      They tasted much better than they look 🙂

  • January 6, 2012 Alexandra

    Chocolate sea salt cookies!!

    I do that with brownies!!

    So wonderful.

    Now, I gotta do these.

    Who cares what they look like…
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      Ooh, brownies! My husband would LOVE that idea.

  • Oh sea salt and chocolate?? I die. And add this to my grocery list…
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      Oh do!! Let me know if you bake them!

  • January 6, 2012 Shell

    Oh, these look good. I’m craving something sweet today.
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      They are SO easy to throw together.

  • January 6, 2012 Jaime

    Oh my gosh, there is nothing better than chocolate and some salt. I will be making them as soon as I hit my goal weight!
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      You can still make them and eat just one 🙂

  • January 6, 2012 Barbara

    If I weren’t trying to lose the baby weight, this would be on the top of my To-Do list! They sound delicious!
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      You can make them when you get back to ideal weight!

  • January 6, 2012 Jessica

    Okay, so I’ve been guilty at over-consuming baked goods, but, this recipe? I have to give it a try! Looks so yummy! Yay!

    p.s.- This will be a recipe done without the “help” of my toddler. hehehe. 🙂

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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      Do let me know how they turn out!

  • January 6, 2012 Megan (Best of Fates)

    I *love* chocolate and salt! It’s always just as good as I imagine it’ll be.
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      It’s a marriage made in heaven.

  • January 6, 2012 Kimberly

    Would you be disgusted if I told you that I didn’t like chocolate?
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      Not disgusted – just sorry 🙂 By the way, caramel and salt go awesome together too. Don’t tell me you hate caramel too.

  • January 6, 2012 Natalie

    Give me those cookies!

    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      I would if they weren’t already in my tummy!

  • January 6, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    You totally could be a food blogger! Those don’t look like a disaster to me 🙂
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      You’re too kind, Jen! 🙂

  • January 6, 2012 Christine

    Chocolate plus salt?!?
    you are KILLING me.
    we’re not ALL pregnant you know 😉
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      Hah!! You can bake a batch for your kids. And sneak one. Or two.

  • January 6, 2012 Leslie

    I actually like the look of your cookies better! They’re more interesting; with fun little peaks. I’ll definitely have to check this recipe out sometime, thanks for sharing!
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      You’re just too kind! I do hope you try then, they’re delish.

  • January 6, 2012 angela

    I think they’re beautiful. And look delicious…

    …backing out of post and trying to remember I’m not growing a baby and need less calories, not more!

    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      Hee! When I figure out a low fat version, I’ll let you know (that means never).

  • January 6, 2012 Corinne O'Sullivan

    Damnit, woman! I was trying to be good and cut back on the delicious chocolatey things. I have been eating far too much lately. Just when I’m proud of myself for managing to make it a whole day without caving, I go and check out your blog.

    You evil temptress, you. This looks way too good not to go try. And here I was wondering what to do with my evening.
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      So did you make them??

      Evil Temptress, Spreader of Chocolatey Goodness

      • January 7, 2012 Corinne O'Sullivan

        Not yet. I was all set to do it, but it turns out I didn’t have enough chocolate. Whaaaa? Guess I had been hit up the chocolate chip stash a little more than I thought. 🙂 It’s on the to-do this for the weekend though.

        It’s definitely going to be happening.
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  • January 6, 2012 Kimberly

    Yum. I love anything sweet + salty!
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      I know you do. You and your salted caramel drinks.

  • January 6, 2012 Carri

    Please mail me some of those. I can’t boil water.
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    • January 6, 2012 Alison

      I just baked a new batch. I’ve sent them via pigeon. I’m afraid the rat bastard might get to them first though.

  • January 6, 2012 Devan

    ooh – these look so good. I’m going to try the recipe out (modifying a bit for gluten free)
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    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      I hope they turn out just as yummy gluten-free!

  • January 6, 2012 Cindy

    It looks soo delicious… I always get hungry after reading your recipe-posts:)
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    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      Then my job is done!

  • January 7, 2012 Miss Marina Star

    You forgot the final directions:

    Overnight to Miss Marina Star because she cannot bake and hates store bought cookies. Plus, she’s super sweet!

    They look amazing Alison…I just might be able to convince the hubs to try this out.
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    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      If you lived closer, absolutely!

  • January 7, 2012 MommaKiss

    I’ve always been a fan of taste, I could care less what something looks like. My oreo balls come out looking like big blobs of poo. Yes. But they taste SO SO SO good.

    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      Haha, big blobs of poo sounds familiar! (except my blobs of poo had to be thrown out, they looked AND tasted bad)

  • January 7, 2012 Suniverse

    Great. Just when I thought I was done baking.

    These look AMAZING.
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    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Bake. These. Now.

  • January 7, 2012 Kristin

    Chocolate and sea salt may very well be the best combination ever. Even better than peanut butter a jelly. Add some caramel in there and it becomes an orgy of nirvana. Yum!
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    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      Next on my list is to make salted caramel something. Yee haw!

  • January 7, 2012 Mirjam

    Chocolate and I have parted for a while, I’m not sure if that is the reason, but that does not look like a disaster to me, it looks yummy, it really does!
    I am slowly backing away from this…
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    • January 7, 2012 Alison

      I already baked 2 batches of this, in 3 days. Making another in 2 days! (insane I know)

  • January 8, 2012 Missy

    Guess what I just did? Pinned this with my new Pinterest account! You had me at sea salt . . .
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    • January 8, 2012 Alison

      YAY!!! Sea salt is awesome!

  • January 8, 2012 Mama Track

    Those look great!
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  • January 8, 2012 Katie E

    Thanks for sharing – I definitely want to try this. I’ve been obsessed with these kinds of sweet and salty combos lately.
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    • January 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh, me too!

  • January 8, 2012 liz

    Not only does the recipe sound wonderful, I’d say you have a serious future in food photography!
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    • January 8, 2012 Alison

      Really?? You’re too kind, Liz!

  • January 9, 2012 francerants

    Really seriously? Chocolate and salt together in a cookie is good? Sounds off, but then again chocolate covered pretzels are yummy.

    You haven’t steered me wrong yet, so I will give this a try too.

    Hope you are feeling great!

    • January 9, 2012 Alison

      Oh the sweet and salty combo is GORGEOUS. Do give it a try!

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