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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 a caramel candy 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

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

These gooey caramel filled chocolate cookies were a delightful treat! Any chocolate dessert with caramel involved is a winner in my book. This simple chocolate cookie with a molten caramel center wasn’t complicated to make and hit my sweet spot.

I did make a few sans caramel for the hubby, whose taste buds I have to question on a daily basis. But he does a huge percentage of my dishes, so let’s just keep that between us. Nick was home from college for fall break; and since he’s as big of a fan as this combo as I am, he received a nice care package to take back to school. Katie gave her seal of approval, too, microwaving her cookies for a few seconds before eating for an utterly delicious and gooey dessert experience.

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies in a square white bowl


Tips for Making These Easy Chocolate Caramel Cookies

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 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 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

Suggested Tools for Baking Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies:

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.

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Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

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

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


  • 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. Gradually beat in white sugar and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375º.
  3. 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. Place on parchment lined baking sheet about 2-inches apart.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. 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.

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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30 comments on “Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies”

  1. A nice gooey treat:@)

  2. Dear Lizzy, what a marvelous cookie! I love the caramel center… Perfect dear! xo, Catherine

  3. This came out very well. Yummy! Very simple and easy to make. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  4. Nirvana, indeed! I love the tip on filling cookies!

  5. The caramel makes this a definite hit.

  6. I love a dessert with a surprise center! These baked up so nicely – none of the caramel seeped out. Another stellar treat!

  7. Amazing cookies for the great cause!

  8. Oh these cookies look amazing and I love Katie’s idea of a few seconds in the microwave to make that caramel all soft and gooey!

  9. Now this is cookie I definitely could not resist, you know how I adore anything caramel. How wonderful that they are donating on your behalf, I wonder if the program is in Canada too? I could use a few more various sized scoops (I have four now but I’d love a slightly smaller one). And who couldn’t use another spatula!

  10. yesss-love the gooey caramel peeking out of these chocolatey cookies!

  11. Liz, These cookies work for me. AND, I love the OXO cookie scoop that you directed me to about a year ago.

  12. Yum! They look great, Liz! I make a cookie almost identical, only the dough is wrapped around Rolo’s. I’ve been meaning to pick up the Lancaster candy, and now is a good time! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Gosh, I can’t stand the sight of the gooey caramel oozing out of the cookies! I just want to bite one and suck out the caramel, if that is even possible 😀 😀 😀

  14. Your cookies are even better when they are made against the cancer! Bravo Liz! xo

  15. These are little bites of perfection – and the caramel in the middle sounds swoonworthy! Pinned 🙂

  16. What a great cause, Liz!! These cookies are so irresistible! I have a similar recipe using Rolos in the center. I’m with Katie…microwaving them to get the gooey center is the best!

  17. You can’t beat cookies filled with gooey caramel! Nice work and great cause!

  18. You always make the best cookies. I swear, I’ve copied and made several of your cookie recipes and I’m never disappointed. Can’t wait to try these.

  19. Cookie perfection! That caramel in the center!

  20. I never make drop cookies without using a scoop. So much easier. These cookies sound fantastic.

  21. These cookies look perfect, Liz! I love the caramel filling and the wonderful cause! <3

  22. Grrrrreat looking (and undoubtedly tasty) chocolate cookies with or without caramel. And applause, applause for contribution to a great cause <3

  23. OXO is an awesome brand, and I love that they donate to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer! I do the Food Blogger Cookie Swap every year and they’ve been a super awesome sponsor in years past! These cookies look phenomenal! <3

  24. These gems will be the perfect addition to our holiday cookie line up this year. I lov

  25. Lizzy,
    These cookies look so yummy. I could probably get my hubby to eat these, if I made the caramel at home. That’s the only caramel he likes and I think it was your caramel recipe.

  26. OMG – these do look like Nirvana!

  27. Yum, the only thing beter than a chocolate treat, is one with a delicious surprise in the centre (and all for a good cause too!)

  28. I can’t wait to make another batch of these cookies! The chewy caramel center is perfection!

  29. This was simple to follow and the cookies turned out GREAT!

  30. My new favorite cookies! love the filling!

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