Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits

Warm, gooey, ultra rich chocolate cookies with little bits of caramel and dark chocolate in them. These cookies will satisfy your chocolate cravings in one bite, but I bet you’ll have more than that. Don’t even bother making these if you don’t have a glass of milk!

Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits from The Food Charlatan

So you’re in the parking lot, and you see an empty space up ahead. Then you pull up a little closer and see that the stupid minivan next to your precious spot did SUCH a terrible job parking that there is zero space for you, unless you get all Gumby-like getting out of your car. And then you shake your fist at the idiot who can’t park and start making your way to the back of the lot.

Guys, I have a confession. IT’S ME. I’m the idiot who can’t park her minivan. I’m the one you’re shaking your fist at. I’m the who’s making you rack up steps on your Fitbit because you had to walk twice as far. I’M SORRY OKAY. Minivans are hard.

Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits from The Food Charlatan

Some of us just didn’t get the hand eye coordination gene. Did you know they’re starting to make cars that can parallel park FOR you? Adept parkers are thinking, are you kidding me, are we THAT stupid as a society? And I’m over here doing a slow clap. It’s the Karens of the world that they are marketing to. (Seriously though when are they coming out with the regular Parking button? Apparently I can’t even handle that.)

Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits from The Food Charlatan

Well next time you have to park by me, let me know and I will bring you these cookies to make up for it. Cookies solve all the world’s injustices, right?

My friend Lara made me some cookies over Christmas that had these amazing chewy-somethings in them, and I couldn’t figure out what it was. I texted her and she told me they were Caramel Bits. Like regular vanilla caramels, but chip-ified, so you can stir them into cookie dough. How genius is that?? Kraft, I love you.

Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits from The Food Charlatan

Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits from The Food Charlatan

I started dreaming about a super dark and tender chocolate cookie with tiny bites of caramel throughout. And that’s exactly what this is my friends. Seriously my new favorite cookie. It satisfies the chocoholic in me quite nicely.

Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits from The Food Charlatan

The base recipe is adapted from my friend Christy’s book, The Girl Who Ate Everything. Christy is an awesome blogger who’s been around for years and years. Her blog and the book are perfect for when you need crowd pleasing recipes. (When do you not need crowd pleasing recipes??) Christy mentioned on Instagram yesterday that there are only 2 copies of her book left! Ah! Go get it!!

Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits from The Food Charlatan

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Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits

Yield: Makes 18-20 large cookies

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups (2 and 1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups caramel bits*

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add the butter to a large bowl or a stand mixer. Add the sugar and brown sugar and stir together.
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. In another bowl,** whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. (Sift the cocoa if it looks clumpy.)
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients but not all the way. There should be lots of flour streaks.
  6. Add the dark chocolate and the caramel bits and stir until just combined. Don't overdo it or you will make the dough tough.
  7. Chill the dough for 2-3 hours, or you can throw it in the freezer for about an hour. You just want to make sure the dough is nice and cold.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  9. Shape the dough into large oblong balls. I use a quarter cup to measure them out. Shape the ball into an oval shape or "tall" cookie. This makes them spread slower in the oven and turns out a thicker, chewier cookie.
  10. Place on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. I only put 6-8 cookies on an 11x17 cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for about 10 minutes or until they are not shiny in the middle. The edges should be firm to the touch. Don't over bake!
  12. Let the cookies set up on the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

Notes

*I've seen Caramel Bits at Target and Amazon. Others commented below that you can get them at Walmart and Vons, whatever the heck that is. Is that an east coast grocery store? Southern? I've never heard of it. Maybe I live under a rock.

**I often am too lazy to get out another bowl, so I just dump in the flour, then stir the other dry ingredients into it before mixing with the wet ingredients.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2017/02/08/double-chocolate-cookies-with-caramel-bits-recipe/

Source: I adapted this recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything cookbook.

Other cookies you will love!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies << These are soooo good. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day coming up!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

 

Texas Cowboy Cookies << These have been super popular lately!

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan

 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies << If you’ve never browned butter for your cookies before…oooh man. Do it.

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More chocolate overload from friends:

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Cookies from Beyond Frosting
Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies from Crazy for Crust
Mom’s Double Chocolate Cookies from The Recipe Rebel

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  1. Tracey A says

    Hi! I am able to buy them at Vons. I assume you can get them many places too. I think I have seen them at Walmart and Albertsons too!

    • says

      Oh awesome Tracey! Thanks for the info! I should have figured they would be at Walmart. My closest Walmart is further than Target where I live these days so I’m hardly there anymore! I couldn’t find it at the Savemart here in Sacramento. Or the Food Source, but that’s no surprise. Thanks for the comment!

  2. says

    I’m not great at parking either. One year, I was working at state park and all employees had to learn how to drive a 9 passenger van — regardless of whether our position required it or not. I was terrified and practically crying the whole time. I’m glad I never had to use that training. Yikes. Although these cookies would have helped soothe my nerves quite a bit.
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    • says

      Gahh!! I would hate that! It’s giving me flashbacks to all the stuff I had to do in the pool when I was training to be a lifeguard, like tread water for X amount of time holding something over my head, and diving 10 feet down. So hard! I mean it made sense why I had to train but I still hated it. And I agree, these cookies would make everything a lot easier :) :)

  3. says

    Karen! First – your blog is one of just a handful I read because food AND I just want to read it. You crack me up. I’m an angry driver so I probably have shaken my fist at you. But ALSO. I have these fake parking tickets that are kind of my favorite passive aggressive thing ever. Anyway, you get a free pass because cookies <3

  4. says

    OMG, I cannot get over your food photography. These cookies look so incredibly rich and gooey, it’s as if I can almost feel the calories coming through my screen!

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe for my husband’s birthday next week. I’m sure mine will end up looking nothing like those, lol.

    Amazing work, keep it up! You just got a new follower.
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