Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe

Alright, give it to me straight.

Salted caramel…are you over it? Has it been done to death? Are you hoping we all move on and find a new food craze?

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe

How about browned butter? Tired of it? Think it’s maybe overrated?

What if I go ahead and put them together? Super lame of me?

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe

Aaaaand, now you’re looking at that melty caramel center and imagining sinking your teeth into the warm caramel surrounded by the absolutely perfect soft, chewy cookie dough base. You’re picturing the caramel melting in your mouth and the salt giving it the perfect little pop of flavor and you know that the browned butter has amped up the flavor in the cookie dough to eleventy-hundred.

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe

So. Salted caramel browned butter cookie cups. They’re alright by you, yeah?

I used TWO caramel candies in the center of each cookie cup. Because I’m wild and crazy and also, I really like caramel. These were perfection. The caramel does harden back up as they cool, though, so best to enjoy them warm. You can always pop them in a warm oven to reheat or even stick ‘em in the microwave for 10 seconds. Alternately, maybe you could try using my crockpot dulce de leche instead of caramel candies? I didn’t try it myself, but as long as you keep the caramel sauce encased in the dough during baking, I think it would work brilliantly.

Make these. Then ship ‘em to me. My family ate all of mine and I’m feeling too lazy to go make more at the moment.

These whip up with no mixer in no time at all! The best part? There is no chill time for the dough since it’s being baked in a muffin tinSalted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe. You don’t need to worry about these spreading a bit!

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipePrint Recipe

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups

The gooey centers of these cookies do firm up as they cool. Best to serve them while still warm or reheat in a hot oven or zap 'em for 10 seconds in the microwave.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
20 caramels candies, unwrapped
kosher salt, for sprinkling

Directions:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until butter turns a deep golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Pour the butter into a mixing bowl. Stir in the brown sugar until well combined.
Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix well.
Mix in the flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Let sit 15 minutes to cool before adding the chocolate chips, otherwise they will melt into the batter. (You can add them right away if you're okay with the melty look.)
Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough into 10 muffin wells each. Flatten with your fingers to cover the bottom of the muffin tin. Place two caramel candies on top of the cookie dough. Sprinkle with a a bit of kosher salt. Top each with another tablespoon of cookie dough.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes before carefully removing from the muffin tin. Best served warm, otherwise the caramel hardens back up.

Notes: I have not made these in a mini muffin tinSalted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe
myself, but I imagine you'll get closer to 20 cookie cups. I would use 1 1/2 teaspoons of dough, add 1 caramel, and then top with another 1 1/2 teaspoons of dough. Bake at 350 degrees and check on them at 7 minutes. I'm guessing they'll take 8 minutes, but check early and often so you don't over bake.

dough recipe adapted from Anna Olson

More gooey caramel recipes:

Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups recipe

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Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars

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Caramel Apple Pancakes

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71 Responses to “Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness April 28, 2014 @ 5:26 am (#
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    I have a confession- Although it’s been a huge fad for awhile now, I have never had anything salted caramel. I know, worst food blogger ever! How-ev-er, I have eaten my fair share of browned butter. These look ah-may-zing, and the perfect way to try this caramel business! Pinned!

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  2. Medeja April 28, 2014 @ 5:36 am (#
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    These cookies look so tempting!

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  3. Chloe @ foodlikecake April 28, 2014 @ 5:57 am (#
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    These look so good! I love the caramel oozing out the center :-)

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  4. Erin | The Law Student's Wife April 28, 2014 @ 6:51 am (#
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    Over it? Puh-lease. Salted caramel for life! And anyone who tells me otherwise I will prove wrong with one of these gooey cookie wonders!

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  5. Belinda@themoonblushbaker April 28, 2014 @ 7:03 am (#
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    You know this cookie is perfect. Salty, sweet chewy! Damn you for making me want cookies on Monday

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  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 28, 2014 @ 7:05 am (#
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    These look amazing!!!

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  7. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking April 28, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#
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    Goodness gracious Karly! I’m absolutely drooling and need to close my mouth!

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  8. Jenny Flake April 28, 2014 @ 8:11 am (#
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    Wowee!! These are fabulous for Monday morning eyes :) Need!

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  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 28, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#
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    Yep. These look like pure heaven! Yum!

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  10. danielle April 28, 2014 @ 9:13 am (#
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    oh…my…goodness!!!

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  11. Matt Robinson April 28, 2014 @ 10:19 am (#
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    Not even close to being over anything salted caramel. I love these and can’t wait to make them for the family. Thanks!

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  12. Dee April 28, 2014 @ 10:20 am (#
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    These look fabulous. Any suggestions if you used a mini muffin tin?

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    • Karly replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

      @Dee,

      Thanks! Just updated the recipe to include instructions!

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      • Dee replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

        @Karly,
        Fantastic! Thank you. I’ll be trying these for sure.

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    • Elaine replied: — May 7th, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

      @Dee, I just made these using mini muffin pans. They turned out amazing! I used 3tsp and 1/2 of a caramel in each tin. Baked about 9-10 min.

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  13. Ayla April 28, 2014 @ 12:02 pm (#
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    Yes, would love tips on using a mini muffin tin!

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    • Karly replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

      @Ayla,

      Just updated the recipe to include instructions. :)

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  14. Graham @ Glazed & Confused April 28, 2014 @ 1:05 pm (#
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    Well damn. These look SO good. Seriously!

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  15. Amber Sheaves April 28, 2014 @ 2:06 pm (#
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    Soo…this is my first time to your site. Salted caramel. And browned butter. And then I click over to your chocolate caramel shortbread bars. Oh heaven. Let’s just say I will be back for more.

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  16. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts April 28, 2014 @ 3:12 pm (#
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    I will never be over salted caramel or browned butter, but my family refuses to eat either?? These look incredible! Pretty sure I’ll make them and eat the whole batch myself.

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  17. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 28, 2014 @ 4:09 pm (#
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    I am pretty sure salted caramel runs in my veins. Next to chocolate. Loving these cookie cups!!

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  18. leslie April 28, 2014 @ 4:30 pm (#
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    I don’t think I will ever tire of salted caramel!

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  19. Jennie @themessybakerblog April 28, 2014 @ 8:21 pm (#
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    Over salted caramel? Psht, I don’t think so. These look absolutely amazing. Pinning.

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  20. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 28, 2014 @ 8:50 pm (#
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    I WILL NEVER BE OVER BROWNED BUTTER!! or probs salted caramel–and you put them together, in cookies???! oooooooh I’m in looooove (with the cookies :P lol)

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  21. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 28, 2014 @ 9:04 pm (#
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    I’m DYING Karly. Amazeballs right here.

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  22. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes April 29, 2014 @ 1:26 am (#
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    I love salted caramel … I don’t think it’ll ever die down for me! These cookies look outrageous, Karly!

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  23. Mademoiselle Gourmande April 29, 2014 @ 2:02 am (#
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    Wow, they look absolutely delishious! Thanks for including other recipes as well, I love the gooey chocolate caramel bars, will have to try those!

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  24. Mir April 30, 2014 @ 8:46 am (#
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    These pictures actually make me want to reach in and grab one. I love how chewy and dense they look! And salted caramel is always the best. Gorgeous!

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  25. Joanne April 30, 2014 @ 8:43 pm (#
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    How can one ever TIRE of these amazing things?! No such thing. Bring.them.on.

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  26. Tracy | Pale Yellow April 30, 2014 @ 8:50 pm (#
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    I love how thick and gooey these are! It’s raining and miserable where I am, I need comfort in the form of food, these seem like they would do the trick!

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  27. Rachel May 1, 2014 @ 11:13 am (#
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    First, let me mention that I need to stay off your blog when I am near the end my semester preparing for finals!
    Theses cookie cups ARE AWESOME! Oh my goodness!
    We made these yesterday and I fell so hard for these! We made a double batch and I used them as a reward for completing my paper(I know its a shame I need help!) Thanks for sharing!

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    • Karly replied: — May 4th, 2014 @ 9:43 am

      @Rachel,

      So glad you enjoyed them! Good luck with finals!

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  28. Krystle May 4, 2014 @ 10:55 pm (#
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    I can’t get enough salty/sweet combos. These look delicious!

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  29. Katie May 5, 2014 @ 10:50 pm (#
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    The photos make my mouth water. I’ll definitely have to try these cookies over a weekend since I am a weekday vegan. Everything in moderation, right! ;) thanks for posting!

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  30. Mercedes May 7, 2014 @ 8:48 am (#
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    These are what dreams are made of! That gooey caramel center looks to-die-for!

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  31. Angie Zangs May 7, 2014 @ 3:33 pm (#
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    I love baking too! I was just looking over the choc chip cookie/caramel recipe and I’m wondering if you could use a caramel sauce, like the kind you put in oatmeal caramel bars. That way it’ll stay soft and hopefully not ooze too much.

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  32. Heather May 8, 2014 @ 8:29 am (#
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    where/when does the kosher salt come into play here?

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    • Kate replied: — May 9th, 2014 @ 7:48 am

      @Heather, i think you just sprinkle it on top???

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    • Karly replied: — May 14th, 2014 @ 7:39 am

      @Heather,

      Sorry about that! It gets sprinkled right on top of the caramel candies.

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  33. Emily @ Life on Food May 11, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#
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    Oh yummy! Gooey caramel is something I cannot resist. These look so good!

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  34. Christina August 18, 2014 @ 8:19 pm (#
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    Hi all – made these tonight with my college- age daughter for her to share with her new roomies. We made them in mini-muffin tins. Made 18 cookies. We also used rolos … as we did not have any caramels :) We figured that a little extra chocolate never hurt anyone!

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    • Christina replied: — August 18th, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

      @Christina, IMG_5018.jpeg

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    • Karly replied: — August 19th, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

      @Christina,

      Hope you enjoyed them! The rolo candies sound like a great idea!

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  35. Hamda August 19, 2014 @ 1:31 pm (#
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    Is the brown sugar used granulated (raw) or packed sugar?

    I’m thinking of baking this tomorrow :)

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    • Karly replied: — August 19th, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

      @Hamda,

      I use packed brown sugar.

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      • Hamda replied: — August 20th, 2014 @ 5:43 am

        @Karly,

        Thank you, just baked a batch in mini-muffin trays and stuffed them with kinder (milk and chocolate bars), it made 24 pieces that disappeared within 5 minutes of leaving the oven ^^;

        everyone loved them! I would recommend keeping them in the oven longer then 7 minutes though, they were a bit under-cooked :)

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        • Karly replied: — August 24th, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

          @Hamda,

          So glad they were a hit! :)

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  36. Rick B August 24, 2014 @ 8:20 pm (#
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    I made these with a dulce de leche filling rather than a caramel candy. Saved a little of the dulce le leche to make a caramel sauce to drizzle over the cookies when they were cooled. The filling stays soft and gooey without being runny. Absolutely killer, will definitely be making them again.

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    • Karly replied: — August 25th, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

      @Rick B,

      Awesome! Glad they were a hit!

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  37. Hamda September 3, 2014 @ 4:15 pm (#
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    Since I’m a chocoholic I’m going to have to ask…

    if I wanted to make the cookies chocolate instead of chocolate chip what would your advice be? I tried melting the chocolate chips then adding it to the dough after mixing in the flour but it made the cookie waaaayyyy too delicate, it’ll crumble before you even removed if from the muffin tray ^^;

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  38. Kate September 10, 2014 @ 8:41 am (#
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    Hi! What if the caramel hardens back up? Can I preheat it again and how many minutes? :)

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    • Karly replied: — September 15th, 2014 @ 10:42 am

      @Kate,

      I think that would be fine. You could also use a bit of dulce de leche instead of the caramel candies and that wouldn’t harden up.

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  39. Angie October 18, 2014 @ 6:19 pm (#
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    I made these cookies today and they’re delicious, however my dough was extremely dry and crumbly. I’ve re-read the ingredient list multiple times and am sure I got it right. Is the dough intended to be crumbly? Also wondering why you used corn starch? Thanks so much!

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    • Karly replied: — October 18th, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

      Hi @Angie,

      The dough definitely shouldn’t be dry or crumbly! I wonder if the cookies were overbaked a bit? The cornstarch just helps the cookies become nice and chewy. Sounds like that didn’t work in your case though. This dough recipe is the one I use for all of my chocolate chip cookies and it turns out perfectly, so I’m not sure what could be the problem other than over baking. :(

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  40. Chichi October 30, 2014 @ 12:35 pm (#
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    Salted caramel and brown butter , two of my favorite ingredients. These cookies look so so yummy

    Reply

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