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Chocolate cookie with caramel dripping out, topped with powdered sugar set on a wire rack.
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Salted Caramel Cookies

A delicious chocolate cookie filled with salted caramel that will wow your family and friends!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rest time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 68kcal

Equipment

  • 2 Cookie Sheets

Ingredients

Ingredients

    Cookies:

    • 10 Tbsp powdered sugar (½ C + 2 tbsp) plus more for dusting
    • ¼ C cocoa powder Dutch process
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract pure
    • ¼ C coconut oil melted and cooled
    • 3 tbsp water
    • ¼ tsp sea salt flakey variety, like Maldon
    • ¼ tsp baking soda
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon
    • 14 Tbsp all-purpose flour (¾ C + 2 Tbsp)

    Caramel:

    • ½ C granulated sugar Not raw or coarse sugar
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 6 tbsp coconut cream
    • ¼ tsp sea salt flaky variety, like Maldon
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract pure

    Instructions

    Directions

      Make cookies:

      • Combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add coconut oil, water, and vanilla extract. Mix until a smooth syrup forms without lumps.
      • Add flour and baking soda. Mix in with a spatula until completely combined. Mix a couple extra times to bring everything together.
      • Create a 1”/ 2.5cm thick disk out of the dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
      • Preheat oven to 325° F/ 160 C. Line baking trays with parchment.
      • Remove dough from fridge. Lightly flour both sides of disc. Between two sheets of baking parchment, roll dough to ¼”/ 6mm thick.
      • Use a 2”/ 5cm round cutter to stamp out as many cookies as possible. If dough hase not warmed too much, remove the excess from around the cookies and transfer them to the baking sheets with 1”/ 2.5cm between them. If cookies are too fragile, place the cut dough in the fridge while still on the baking parchment for 3-4 minutes before attempting to transfer the cookies.
      • Using a ½”- ¾”/ 12-18mm round cutter (or the wide opening of a piping nozzle), cut circles from the center of half the cookies. Use the tip of a knife to remove the excess dough.
      • Bring all the scraps of dough together and repeat the rolling and cutting process.
      • Chill cut dough in the fridge for 4-5 minutes before baking to prevent spreading.
      • Bake for 14-15 minutes, until dry to the touch. Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.

      Make caramel:

      • In a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom, spread sugar in an evenly layer.
      • Melt over low heat without stirring. This will take some time. You can occasionally swirl the sugar to redistribute it as parts start to melt.
      • Once sugar is completely melted, stir slightly with a silicon spatula or metal spoon to get final crystals distributed.
      • Remove from heat (but leave the burner on) and stir in coconut oil. The mixture will bubble up and spit a little bit. The oil will not completely combine at this point, just stir until everything is smooth.
      • Add coconut cream. Stir vigorously and return to heat. Continue stirring gently while heating until all the lumps are smooth and dissolved again. Stop stirring and continue heating until a candy or instant read thermometer reaches 250-255° F/121-123 C.
      • Remove from heat and wait for bubbling to settle. Once it has stopped bubbling, add vanilla and salt, stirring until combined. Pour into a glass container and set aside to cool completely.

      Assemble cookies:

      • Place the cut-out cookies (the top portion) on a cooling rack. Dust with powdered sugar.
      • Place ¾ - 1 tsp/ 5ml caramel on each of the complete round cookies (the bottom half). Handling gently by the edges, place a powdered cut-out on top of each caramel dollop, centering as much as possible.
      • Allow caramel to settle. Some dripping will occur (see note about firmer caramel if preferred).
      • Best eaten the same day, or can be stored in a single layer in an air-tight container at room temperature for a couple days.

      Notes

      Do not use raw or coarse cane sugar. They will not melt evenly.
      Be sure to allow time for the dough to chill before baking or you may end up with cookies that have spread and are too thin to hold the caramel. You'll be chilling the dough once before cutting the cookies and again after they are cut.
      Taste caramel for saltiness and adjust to taste.
      Allow the baked cookies to cool before filling with caramel.
      Don't worry if the caramel is dripping out of the cookies a bit. You can scoop up the caramel bits with a knife and add it back inside if too much drips out.
      If you prefer a firmer caramel, boil until the temperature reaches 260-265° F.
       

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1 | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg