Salty Dark Chocolate Cookies with a Caramel Surprise Center

Dunkle Schoko-Cookies mit Karamell

I have a treat for you today. Think a very dark chocolate cookie with chocolate chunks and a surprise caramel center inside. Add some flaky sea salt and you got this price-winning cookie. I am not kidding. Sally from actually won a baking contest with these cookies. It doesn’t surprise me, they are really and truly worth every bite!

Dunkle Schoko-Cookies mit Karamell

They are this type of cookie which make you close your eyes so that you don’t miss a tiny little bit of its wonderful flavor. Even my husband, you doesn’t like the sweet and salty combination in cookies got excited. That really means something. Actually a lot.

Dunkle Schoko-Cookies mit KaramellThey are not hard to prepare, the only part that takes a little bit of time is actually rolling them and placing the caramel in the middle of two smaller cookies (see pictures). Other than that they are very straight-forward.

Sally recommends to use Rolos for the filling. However, feel free to use any caramel toffee if you don’t have Rolos in your country. Look for a simple caramel toffee. Here in Germany “Sahne Muh-Muhs“, “Kuhbonbons“, “Werther’s Original” and “Durchbeißer” would work as well. Obviously you can go with a Rolo. Just look for a caramel toffee and you will be fine.

Dunkle Schoko-Cookies mit KaramellBut now let’s get down to business and bake this delicious cookie!

Credit: Sallys Baking Addiction (she won a price with this recipe)

Salty Dark Chocolate Cookies with a Caramel Center

Serves: About 12 cookies
Cooking Time: 30mins preparation + 1hr chilling time + 14mins baking


  • 115 grams of unsalted butter at room temperature*
  • 50 grams of regular sugar
  • 70 grams of brown sugar
  • 1 egg, size L at room temperature**
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, see here how to make your own
  • 125 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 200 grams of semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 12 caramel toffees like Rolos
  • Optional: sea salt for sprinkling
  • *If you forgot to take out the butter on time, either put in right in the sun for a few minutes in summer or place it on the heating in winter so that you can cream it easily.
  • ** If you forgot to take out the egg on time, leave it in warm water for five minutes before using.



Cream the butter in a large bowl for a minute. Add the sugars and cream for a couple of minutes.


Add the egg and mix a little more. Add the vanilla extract and make sure the batter is all creamy and no lumps are seen.


Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt on top of the butter mix and mix with a mixer on low speed until evenly dark brown. Stir in the milk, then fold in chocolate chunks.


Chill for at least one hour or overnight in the fridge.


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.


Take dough out of the fridge and use about one tablespoon per cookies. You should be able to make 24 cookies. Roll them with your hands until each has the size of a walnut and is round (see pictures).


Now take the caramel toffees and place 12 caramel toffees on 12 cookies. Take the left 12 cookies and put them on top of the cookies with the caramel.


Create one big cookie out of the two cookies with the caramel toffee in the middle. Now the size should be the size of a tennis ball. Make sure that the caramel toffee is securely stuffed inside. Repeat with all 12 cookies.


Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for about 12-14 minutes. The center should still look soft and only the edges should be brown.Let cookies sit on baking sheet and add some more sea salt.


The cookie dough can be made the day before. You will only need about half an hour to have the cookie ready to eat. Obviously you can stuff the cookie with any other small sweet. I was thinking of the famous Nutella or some other deliciousness. Go wild! These cookies taste even better the second or third day! Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. For the caramel to melt in your mouth, microwave cookies for a little bit or put on a toaster.

Dunkle Schoko-Cookies mit KaramellGreetings from Jenny







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  • Reply
    Wednesday March 29th, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    This is a sweet made for me! I am all about savory chocolate/caramel with a little bit of salt!

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      Wednesday March 29th, 2017 at 10:38 PM


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    Friday March 31st, 2017 at 06:57 PM

    I need this now 😀 looks incredible, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Friday March 31st, 2017 at 09:53 PM

      You are very welcome 🙂

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    Wednesday May 3rd, 2023 at 11:18 AM

    Diese Cookies sind einfach traumhaft! Sie sind einfach zum machen und das Rezept ist gelingsicher. Richtiges Soulfood! Einfach herrlich! Danke, für dieses Rezept.

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      Wednesday May 3rd, 2023 at 07:06 PM

      Juchhei, danke dir für das liebe Feedback.

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