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Salted Caramel Fudge Drops Recipe
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Salted Caramel Fudge Drops Recipe

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These cookies, which start with a mix, are unbelievably decadent! I like to use caramel-filled Dove chocolates. It’s nice dough to make ahead, roll into balls and freeze for up to 3 months. Then just bake the cookies as you need them. —Carole Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 48 caramel-filled chocolate candies
  • Coarsely ground sea salt


  1. Melt unsweetened chocolate and butter in a microwave; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat the cookie mix, egg, milk, vanilla and chocolate mixture. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set. Press a candy into the center of each cookie. Let stand for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 4 dozen.
To Make Ahead: Cookies can be stored for 1 week in an airtight container at room temperature.
Originally published as Salted Caramel Fudge Drops in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p36

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Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

Good flavor, but no nice round balls like the picture. Cookies spread out way too thin and the candy wouldn't even go in. Baked them in the little cupcake papers instead but they stuck to the paper. Flavor OK, but sure don't turn out pretty like the picture. Even refrigerated the dough overnight - same result.

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

These are delicious! I am adding them to my Christmas cookie plates this year! Made as directed and although mine were slightly thinner, they looked perfect with the Dove chocolate caramels as suggested.

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

My cookies also spread out thinner than I was expecting, but that did not keep them from being incredibly delicious! I subbed semisweet chocolate for the unsweetened, and kosher salt instead of sea salt. I found them to be the tastiest with a heavier sprinkle of salt than the pic shows. We couldn't stop eating these.

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

This was a disaster! The cookies baked up big and thin, so when I put the candies in they soaked through and broke all apart when I tried to transfer them. So...second batch, I put the bater in paper cups in my mini muffin tin. Results? Perfect! Looks just like the picture! So my final assessment is, good recipe, lousy directions.

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

These are My Thanksgiving guests LOVED them. I am making them again to take to a cookie swap this weekend. Thanks for a great recipe! (I use the caramel Dove chocolates, too.)

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