These Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies pair together the delicious combination of chocolate and caramel that’s impossible to resist. Baking up chewy chocolate cookies stuffed with caramel candies created some mighty tasty cookies!

These Easy Chocolate Caramel Cookies will give you your chocolate and caramel fix! Just try to resist going back for seconds!

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies with oozing caramel revealed on a square white plate.

Why You Must Make

  • These gooey caramel-filled chocolate cookies were a delightful treat!
  • Who doesn’t love a cookie with a surprise in the middle?
  • The chocolate and caramel pairing is classic!!
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies in a square white bowl.

Recipe Tips

This delightful combination of chocolate and caramel makes the most dreamy cookies. But a few tips will help keep the caramel inside your cookies.

  • PRO-Tip: Chilling or freezing your caramels will help minimize leakage as the cookies bake.
  • I recommend using a soft type of packaged caramels instead of the usual Kraft caramels, which can get really hard after melted and then cooled.
  • Also, chill the dough before wrapping it around the caramels. This will help the cookies keep their shape while baking.
  • To make consistently sized cookies, use a cookie scoop to parcel out the dough.
  • After filling the dough ball with the caramel candy, roll it between your palms to make them nice and round.
  • Rolling with sugar before baking is a nice finishing touch.
  • PRO-Tip: If any of your baked cookies are misshapen, tap the perimeters with your spatula while they’re hot to reshape.
  • Let your cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving them to the cooling rack. This will prevent accidental leakage of the warm caramel filling.
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies dough on a sheet pan.

Helpful Tools:

  • Medium Cookie Scoop: I have a drawer full of cookie scoops, from 1/4 cup capacity to a teaspoon size. My OXO scoops are truly the best of the bunch and help you scoop out equal portions of cookie dough consistently.
  • Cookie Spatula: Made of silicone to resist high heat, this perfectly sized non-stick spatula easily lifts cookies from your baking sheets.
  • Non-Stick Half Sheet Pan: Perfect for a batch of cookies or a sheet cake with a non-stick surface that eliminates the need to grease or use parchment. It’s very sturdy with a rounded rim for easy gripping.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Else Can You Use As Fillings for Chocolate Cookies?

You can freeze small amounts of fudge sauce to use as a filling. And candies like Rolos that are chocolate-covered caramels would work well, too. Freezing your selected filling first, then wrapping well with cookie dough helps minimize any leakage while they bake.

How Long Will Caramel-Filled Cookies Last?

They should keep well kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Just bring them to room temperature before serving. They will also freeze well for up to 3 months.

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Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 36 cookies

Chewy chocolate cookies filled with soft caramel. Adapted from Pillsbury.


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 36 soft caramel candies, unwrapped*
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Beat butter until creamy.
  2. Gradually beat in white sugar and brown sugar.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa.
  5. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well.
  6. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  8. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough. Press each piece of dough around a caramel. Roll into a ball. Roll cookie ball in remaining sugar.
  9. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 2-inches apart.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  11. Let cool for 3 to 4 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Total time does not include chilling time.
*You may want to freeze your caramels for an hour or more before using to help prevent any leakage. I used Lancaster brand, But Werthers works well, too.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 2g


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