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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 large egg
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 48 caramel-filled chocolate candies
  • Coarsely ground sea salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 135 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 58 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt unsweetened chocolate and butter in a microwave; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat cookie mix, egg, milk, vanilla and chocolate mixture. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are set. Press a candy into the center of each cookie. Let stand 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. 21, 2014

"I was looking for a new Christmas cookie recipe to use this year with chocolate and caramel. These were easy to make with the kids and the whole family loves them! We used Dove dark chocolate caramels and kosher salt (because I already had that in my cupboard). I also used the smaller of my two Pampered Chef cookie dough scoopers and found that ratio to the size of the Dove chocolates to be perfect :-) If you are hesitating to make these, don't - they are delicious!!! I already told my mom and brother that they need to make them."

Reviewed May. 25, 2014

"I've made these delicious cookies over and over. Each time they look like the picture. I give them to family and friends they love them. I always receive requests for the recipe. Yum!!"

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."

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