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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!!
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Double Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Bits
- 1 & 1/4 cups salted butter, melted (2 and 1/2 sticks)
- 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 & 1/2 cups caramel bits
- Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl.
- Add the butter to a large bowl or a stand mixer. Add the sugar and brown sugar and stir together.
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- In another bowl,** whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. (Sift the cocoa if it looks clumpy.)
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients but not all the way. There should be lots of flour streaks.
- Add the dark chocolate and the caramel bits and stir until just combined. Don't overdo it or you will make the dough tough.
- 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.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
- 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.
- Place on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. I only put 6-8 cookies on an 11x17 cookie sheet.
- 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!
- Let the cookies set up on the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.
Other cookies you will love!
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies << These are soooo good. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day coming up!
Texas Cowboy Cookies << These have been super popular lately!
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies << If you’ve never browned butter for your cookies before…oooh man. Do it.
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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Made these last week because I had a bag of caramel bits and also had a chocolate itch. They are great. I’ve been quarantine-fairying them around and everybody else agrees with me that they’re great.
I am not much of a big cookie fan, and these made around 40 regular-size cookies. (So I HAD to give them away)
I’m also glad to have a new chocolate cookie recipe that I can add whatever mix-ins I like!
I’m so glad you liked the recipe Leslie! I’m sure you fairying has made you popular indeed! :) Thanks so much for reviewing!
delicious but they spread far too much and were very thin…will reduce butter next time and see if that helps
Very good. Soft and chewy
So happy to hear you liked the cookies Becky! Thanks for leaving a review!
I stumbled upon this looking for recipe inspiration for a bag of caramel bits that have somehow been sitting in my pantry for far too long.
I’m drooling over these cookies.
But I’m loving your honesty about parking. I cannot park either! I pull in and out of pull in parking spaces at least two or three times, and I do park at the back of the lot to avoid cars and drag all five kids through the parking lot. So, solidarity. It helps to know I’m not alone. No coordination.
And I love the girl who ate everything, her recipes are always perfect. So now I love you three times over.
Thanks for this recipe!
Hi Kim! I’m so glad you found a use for your caramel bits! Those are the best right. And I was just having a conversation with some of my girlfriends again the other day, all of us drive minivans and admitted that we park as far away from other cars as possible. Is it the same hand eye coordination required for sports?? Because I suck at all sports,haha! And yes, Christy is amazing and she will always be my favorite blogger. Nice to hear from you Kim! Thanks for saying hi!
These cookies look amazing. I think I will try them very soon. I always add a dash of instant coffee or espresso powder to my chocolate dishes (dissolving in just enough hot water to do the trick), just to boost the chocolate flavor.
Oh, BTW, Von’s is the Southern California equivalent of Safeway (same exact store, products, promotions, etc., just a different name–The club/points cards even are interchangeable.
Great idea adding coffee Lorraine! I bet that would enhance the chocolate flavor even more!
These are really good. Could use a bit more caramel, but was sufficient. Really deep dark chocolate taste, with a hint of salty caramel. Keeping the dough cold was key also. I used an ice cream scoop (1/8 cup) to make 54 cookies about 1 1/2″. 10 minutes was the perfect time.
I love using an ice cream scoop for cookies, good tip Dustin, thank you!
This is probably now my favourite cookie…very fudgy….almost a brownie. I did have a little trouble with spreading. Baking for 10 minutes they were a bit undercooked, 12 minutes overbaked, so 11 minutes in my oven was just about right. Some of the caramel would ooze out around the edges and then harden too much. I have another bag of the caramel bits so will make another batch today and am wondering if I should use a bit more flour or a bit less sugar to avoid the spreading. The only think I don’t like about the Kraft Caramel Bits is a note printed on the package that says: produced with genetic engineering…what exactly does that mean?? Is that the same as GMO ???
You could definitely try adding a bit more flour Janice! It would help them stand a little taller if you’re having trouble with that.
When ordinary chocolate chip cookies don’t have enough calories for Christmas.
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.
I can’t think of anything worse than having to parallel park, and anything better than THESE COOKIES!
Wow ! These look amazing. x
Thanks Izzy! They are so rich!
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.
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 :) :)
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!
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!