Brown Sugar Cookies with Sea Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate

by Heather on June 14, 2012

Sigh.  There are times that I wish I could just do things over again.

Like the fact that I should have embraced my curly hair looooooooooong before I actually did.  All of those bad yearbook photos and my poor, poor curling iron – it never expected to be used as a straightener.


I also would probably not have pierced my bellybutton.  I think I wore that thing for 2 years, got sick of it and just took it out.  Now I have a random dot above my navel that is totally lame.  And while we’re on the subject of piercings I probably would have pierced my nose earlier than I did…maybe I wouldn’t have gotten as tired of that and the scar is waaaaaay less noticeable.


I would have embraced my love of Dave Matthews Band and Pat Green earlier than when I was in college.  And I would have gone to their concerts before I turned into an old lady who doesn’t like loud noises.


Or what about the time that punched my sister and sent her to the hospital?  First of all let that be a lesson to anyone who wants to mess with me; I don’t take no crap from nobody! (Name that movie and you get 10 points).  Although it’s a funny story now I do feel bad.  Sorry Salah!


I probably would have gone to culinary school when I still lived in Dallas.


I would have married Nate earlier than I did.  There’s simply not going to be enough time in my entire life to be his wife – even if that life of mine is another 100 years.

Oh, and another thing – I decided that I simply must try again to make some cookies that I was going to make for you guys.  You all know my high-altitude cookie woes, and this was no exception.  While the first recipe was delicious, albeit ugly, I decided to go a different route this time.  I made them fancier with a light sprinkling of sea salt because I just can’t get enough of the sweet-salty combo.  I made them like little mini caramel chocolate sea salt pies in the middle of a brown sugar cookie crust.


I did them over and I’m so glad that I did because WOWZAH.  Awesome.  I even made my own caramel – well, Ina’s own caramel – which in and of itself is worthy of a big fancy gold star on this blog post.  Get ready guys, and pull on those fancy pants!


  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • recipe for the salted caramel can be found here

For the cookies:  mix together the butter and sugar until incorporated.  Mix in the egg and vanilla until just incorporated; make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl before adding the flour.  Mix in the flour until just incorporated.  You want the dough to be a smidge on the dry side, so if it’s not clumpy then add a tad more flour.  When the dough has come together wrap it in a disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.  Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch in thickness.  You’ll need two different dough cutters, one slightly smaller than the other.  Cut out the dough with the larger cutter, being sure to keep the dough intact as much as possible.  Move half of the cut-outs to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.  Use the smaller cutter to cut the middle out of the remaining circles.  Brush the circles on the baking sheet with a little water, then gently place the donut-shaped cut-outs on top of the circles on the baking sheet…basically making a little pie crust.  Repeat with the remaining dough.  Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until the bottoms start to brown slightly.  Let cool completely before adding the caramel and chocolate.


For the chocolate, melt the chocolate chips and cream in a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and creamy.  Set aside to cool slightly.  Make the caramel while the chocolate cools a bit.


To make the caramel-chocolate swirl, first fill the middle of each cooled cookie with about 1 Tbsp of the caramel.  Drop a few very small bits of chocolate in different places in the caramel, then using a toothpick gently swirl the chocolate into the caramel.  Work one cookie at a time to make sure the topping swirl together properly.  Let cool before eating.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kris June 14, 2012

oh, do overs. there are many! AND there is still time! :)

these cookies are perfect.


2 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 14, 2012

aww…I love this post.
Sent your sis to the hospital?! You’re a badass! I would have embraced my curly hair earlier, too!


3 Heather June 14, 2012

haha more like a bad ass – i STILL feel bad to this day!


4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 14, 2012

Whoa, these look awesome!


5 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 14, 2012

This was such a cute post, especially the part about your husband! These cookies look absolutely delicious. Definitely going on my to-bake list.


6 Heather {Modern Meals for Two} June 14, 2012

O M G! These look ridiculously awesome!!


7 love2dine June 14, 2012

Gorgeous pics!


8 Sarah June 14, 2012

Two things–1) I LOVE that you love your curly hair now! I wish I would have never have cut mine and tortured it too. 2) I’m obsessed with sea salt. I put it on everything sweet, even my smoothies in a bowl. Please don’t judge me or my water retention.


9 Heather June 14, 2012

i’m a late sea salt bloomer…where has it been my whole life?!


10 Maria June 14, 2012

Oh my word! Normally, I’m a citrus-y dessert kind of girl, but I think caramel comes in a close second. These remind me a Twix bar and that’s a very good thing.

Also, I’m glad that I’m not the only one who would do certain things over. Such is life!


11 Urban Wife June 14, 2012

Grease! Love that musical. Anyways, yea these cookies sound and look ridiculously delicious. Anything salty + sweet gets me every.single.time.


12 janetha [meals & moves] June 14, 2012

You are my favorite cookie monster.


13 hena tayeb June 14, 2012

I loved this post.. especially the line about your husband. I agree.. even 100 years are not enough.. I can’t imagine how i got through the first few decades of my life without him in it..
the cookies look good.. and about the sister.. haha.. I almost took out my little brothers eye with a snow scrapper.. i regret that.. also thank god I missed his eye.. thank god..


14 Baking Serendipity June 14, 2012

I love this post! I definitely should have embraced curly hair earlier too. And I could make these cookies over and over happily, I’m totally sure of it. Salted caramel and dark chocolate? Yum. Yum. Yum.


15 krisandt June 14, 2012

The caramel looks so luscious :) And just by substituting GF flours it would be easily made into a Gfree cookie!
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16 Heather @ InHerChucks June 14, 2012

These look ridiculous! I have an uncontrollable urge to make them…NOW! But then again, I am scared that I will have an uncontrollable urge to eat them ALL. Oh, what the heck! You only live once…here I go :)


17 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 14, 2012

Mmm…..sea salted caramel and dark chocolate, say no more, I’m sold!


18 Suzanne June 14, 2012

These cookies look pretty heavenly, I could eat about a dozen of them!


19 Megan June 15, 2012

These sound so good Heather! I am addicted to salted caramel too :)


20 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 15, 2012

Oooooh the things I’d do over again! haha Getting married young is one I’d keep the same though – happy about that one. :D


21 brandi June 15, 2012

love this! those cookies look addictive.


22 kelley {mountain mama cooks} June 15, 2012

LIfe is all about making mistakes and doing them over. That’s the fun of things! These cookies look to die for. Shortbread + salted caramel + chocolate = perfection in my book!!


23 Dina June 19, 2012

wow they look delicious. they look soft and chewy as well!


24 JenMarie June 20, 2012

Salted caramel rocks my world.
Beautiful photos.


25 Kristen June 29, 2012

These look delicious, and I believe the movie was “Cool Runnings”


26 Heather June 29, 2012

thanks kristen! and you’re right – i LOVE cool runnings and kind of use that quote all the time :)


27 Jenny July 1, 2012

Yummy, these look divine! Can’t wait to make them, my mouth is watering already.


28 kim July 2, 2012

can corn syrup be substituted with maple syrup? i have a bit of an aversion to corn syrup lol


29 Heather July 2, 2012

you know, i’m not totally sure – i would say it doesn’t hurt to try, although the final product’s flavor will be more maple-y (duh). i don’t know if the sugar content is the same, and if it’s different i don’t know if the texture will be the same but i’m sure it would still be yummy!


30 alisha July 11, 2012

is your recipe for high altitude cooking? if so what would the time and temp be for a lower altitude?? thanks, and by the way, these look divine! although i may have to take off the sea salt because of my hubby, he’s odd.


31 Heather July 11, 2012

this one is not for high altitude; it should work just fine anywhere! hope you enjoy them…maybe add some sea salt to just yours :)


32 Ole September 9, 2012

Chocolate is so sweet. sweet can make a wonderful day!!


33 Jennifer November 27, 2012

How many cookies does one batch make?


34 Heather November 27, 2012

It will depend on what size you make them, but mine were about 1.5 inches in diameter and the recipe made 20 of them!


35 theultimatefoodaddict March 31, 2013

looks incredible! mouthwatering!


36 Cat February 12, 2014

This looks amazing! However, mine…mine look slightly, ‘different’.

Oh why can’t I cook?!


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