I have the perfect Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies for you! This recipe gives you chewy cookies full of caramel that does not harden when the cookies cool.
Do these cookies look amazing or what?
Right now, I could go for about twenty of them. For real. It’s that time of the month where my husband delicately suggests that my hormones might be causing my emotions to overreact and all I want to do is eat gooey, chocolatey, super fattening stuff.
It’s times like this that I miss being pregnant. Only during pregnancy could I flaunt my bloat, eat what I wanted, and wear head to toe tight clothing in no shame. Women, if you are currently or will be pregnant in the future, grab the clingiest dress you can find and wear the life out of it. Trust me on this.
Also, can we talk ONCE AGAIN about why husbands should never reference our hormones? There’s just something about him pretending to understand my inside science that sets me on edge.
Or maybe that’s my hormones talking. This is confusing.
But these cookies — THEEEESE COOKIEEEESSSS.
I’ve had it in my mind for awhile to make a caramel filled chocolate chip cookie because…well, duh. But after taking a gander through The Googles, it appears that many caramel-filled chocolate chip recipes had a very hard center once the cookies cooled. Apparently when normal caramels cool after melting inside a cookie, they aren’t gooey anymore.
But then I remembered Milky Way Simply Caramel bars — I used these gems to make a super simple caramel filled brownie and they worked FABULOUSLY. Stayed nice and gooey and plus you have the bonus of extra chocolate.
Soooo…would they work inside a cookie?
Of course. So perfect! The cookies themselves are the perfect chewy, buttery flavor and texture. I used mini M&Ms and white chocolate chips — there’s just something about that combo that is my favorite, but you can go all chocolate chip or even use peanut butter chips. Whatever floats your boat.
The mini Simply Caramel Bites are the most important part. If you buy the tiny ones in the bag, they are already unwrapped! Just take two and wrap your cookie dough around them before baking.
Your life and your career in cookie baking will never be the same. Trust me on this.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 heaping TBS instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
- 1 cup mini M&Ms
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 (7 oz) bag unwrapped Milky Way Simply Caramel Minis
- Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and pudding mix and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy -- about two minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk one at a time, scraping the bowl after each. Add extract and beat until blended.
- With the mixer on medium low, slowly add the flour mixture until fully combined. With a spatula, stir the dough from the bottom a few times to make sure that everything is well mixed. Fold in the candies and white chocolate chips.
- Measure out dough by 1/4 cup fulls. Roll into a ball in your hand, then flatten slightly and place TWO Simply Caramel Bites in the center. Wrap the dough around the candy, then place on a baking sheet, 3 inches apart. For flat cookies (like mine) flatten just slightly with your palm.
- Bake cookies for about 12-14 minutes, until puffy and golden on edges and top center. Remove from oven and let cool on sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen very large cookies.
I can’t wait for you to try these — I really think you are going to love them!
Enjoy and have a great Monday!!