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Triple Chocolate Caramel Cookies

I love caramel, chocolate and pecans together. While I had recipes for cake, cheesecake and candy that feature this combination, I didn't have one for cookies. So I came up with this recipe.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 package (10 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 bottle (12-1/2 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
  • 4 to 6 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, melted


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and cocoa; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 3/8- to 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each ball. Smooth any cracks. Fill each indentation half full with caramel topping.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until caramel is very bubbly and cookies are set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Drizzle cooled cookies with candy coating.
Editor's Note: Confectionary coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled "candy coating" and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 241 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • chicago1
    Dec 10, 2011

    I made these cookies for the very first time last night for a cookie exchange today. I made two batches and they came out perfectly. Yes, it is time consuming to make, but it is definitely worth it. If you love chocolate, you will love these cookies. Can't wait to share them with my friends tonight at the cookie exchange. I am going to print out the recipe and attach it to their cookies.

  • ewarning
    May 10, 2011

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  • LAR1629
    Dec 23, 2010

    very time consuming to make; OK cookies - caramel does not stay soft as shown in the picture - overall disappointing

  • CookiesFTW
    Dec 15, 2010

    I make 15-20 different kinds of cookies every year for Christmas, and these are the hands-down favorite of most of my friends and family, especially the chocoholics. I rarely have trouble with caramel seeping out as some have stated. I think the trick is to make sure to roll the balls in your hands long enough so that the surface is nice and smooth. I also roll 1 pan at a time so that they dont have time to dry out before I make the indents for the caramel. Hope this helps for anyone who has had problems.

  • presswoman
    Dec 13, 2010

    I have not tried to make these cookies yet, but I think that a chocolate covered caramel like Rolos or caramel kisses might work better than the caramel topping.

  • clc919
    Dec 9, 2010

    I did everything exactly as the recipes states and my first batch failed. I did everything it said to smoothing the edges and everything. Making sure there were no cracks, and everytime my cookies fell apart or the carmel was all over. I was unfortunately making these for a cookie exchange, and ended up running back to the store for new items to make a new cookie. :(

  • Leitzke
    Nov 2, 2010

    I liked the texture of this cookie, but found the cookie part a little heavy on the cocoa. Next time I will try this cookie with a Choco chip recipe with cocoa added to the base.

  • RenaeR
    May 21, 2010

    Quite fussy, but not hard to make. The end result was very visually appealing, but the cookies themselves did not go very fast. In fact, they remained in their container until I ended up having to throw them out.

  • coffrrgirrrl
    Dec 20, 2009

    I've been using this recipe for the last 7 years. they look gorgeous and always turn out fine for me. Tastes like chocolate shortbread with a little something extra. Be sure to only fill the hole halfway or less with caramel sauce or it will overflow when the cookies spread in the oven. I use the caramel that comes in a squeeze bottle to make it quick.

  • kypokes
    Oct 17, 2009

    It looks wonderful but the caramel seeped out of all my cookies and they didn't stick together. It's an expensive recipe for it not to work. I did do it exactly as instructed so just be careful. I did pinch the edges but it wasn't enough.