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November 14, 2011

Salted Caramel Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Recipe

Have you noticed the increase in 'homemade oreos' that are in bakeries these days?  I decided that instead of trying to replicate the already perfect oreo cookie, I would try to make a sandwich cookie with a different filling.  What could be better than salted caramel?  You can make these for any time of the year- I just happened to need one last excuse to use my Fall Acorn and Leaf cutters before I move on to Holiday baking...

These chocolate cookies aren't too sweet... more of a sophisticated cookie- so, the buttery sweet and salty caramel is just the perfect compliment.  They are great after dinner cookies with a Pumpkin Spice coffee or even for breakfast, if you dare...

For the recipe for the Pumpkin Spice Latte/Coffee, click here!

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
with Salted Caramel Filling

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa and salt.  In a mixer with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and powdered sugar.  Add flour mixture.  Incorporate egg and vanilla.  Form into two disks, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Remove plastic and roll one of the disks out onto a floured board to a 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut shapes.  Place cookies on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush off excess flour.  Bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes until firm.

Sandwich the cookies with cooled Salted Caramel Filling...

Salted Caramel Filling

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon of course Sea Salt

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, stir together sugar and water.  Heat over medium low until sugar dissolves.  Swirl the pan to stir mixture.  Turn the heat up to medium and bring to a boil let the mixture cook until it is a light chestnut brown color, about 5-7 minutes.   Be careful not to let it burn - it can happen very quickly, especially if the heat is too high.  The mixture should be thick and bubbly.  Remove from heat.

With whisk, stir in heavy cream - be careful, the mixture will bubble up!  Continue stirring to combine.  Simmer over low heat until the cooked sugar melts into the cream and they are incorporated, about 2 minutes.  Stir in salt.  Let the mixture cool until it is the right consistency for the cookie filling.

Chill the dough in plastic wrap.

Roll it out onto a floured surface.

Cut shapes - these cookies work best as small cookies. 

I like to use silpat baking liners on my baking sheets - they never burn on the bottom and are very easy to clean up.

Bake just until firm.

I like to put the caramel filling into a piping bag to make it a neater process.   Isn't the caramel a beautiful color?

Make sure you get the caramel to a good thick, but still spreadable consistency.   Make sure it is not too runny - or it will just run off of the cookie!



  1. Woah -- I've never thought about salted caramel in a cookie -- what a lovely idea! I bet it would be delicious between two molasses cookies, too...yum. So much better than oreos, yes!

  2. omg fabulous! Just put on pinterest and twitter

  3. Jenny -- I just found your blog! This recipe is fabulous, your photography is fabulous, and I love your story! Can't wait to start following! Thanks!

  4. Hi Jenny...I just wanted to drop you a little note to say how much I'm enjoying your blog. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes and beautiful ideas. Wish we were neighbors! Tessa

  5. These look so delicious! Will definitely have to try them!

  6. Hi Jenny...what a great idea! I love your blog and I can't wait to start following. Lisa

  7. I can't wait to try these. I am in love with salted caramel and this seems like it would be the most awesome cookie ever! You have an awesome blog!

  8. The leafes are soo cute! And they look really delicious.
    It´s a pity there´s nothing like this in germany:-( I couldn´t find any backing follow your design :-)

  9. Anonymous11:27 AM

    Jenny, these look divine! Can't wait to try them! I did a little salted caramel recipe round up on my blog & included your recipe!


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