Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day, I went to a cookie exchange at my friend Erin’s house. It’s been a tradition for a couple of years now, and I always look forward to seeing the friends I went to school with for 12 years before heading off to college. Not to mention it’s a mother-daughter event, so we all have a great time laughing at all their antics (too much wine) and grimacing when they unblushingly tell all of our embarrassing stories (again, I blame the wine).  

Even though I’ve grown up with these girls, I can’t help but want to show off when it comes to bringing the most extravagant cookies and usually like to experiment with a few showcase cookies that can’t help but look and taste delicious! 

Please pin the picture below if you’d like to pin this recipe! Thank you!  Filled with half-baked cookie dough and caramel. Yup, seriously.

For me, life is all about balance and I truly believe that a completely healthy life depends on both your mental sanity and feeling good in your own skin. Yes, I exercise and eat healthy, but I have absolutely no desire to live a life that consists of restricting and overexercising in the name of your health. If I want to eat a cookie, I’m going to eat it. If I want to take a week off from the gym because I’m not feeling too well, I’m going to do so without any regret whatsoever. I know this sounds a little off tangent for a cookie post, but I sometime feel that “healthy living bloggers” get themselves stuck in a negative place when it comes to food and exercise and try to put forth a perfect picture of their life and body image. While Apple of My Eye usually concentrates on healthier recipes, I don’t want to restrict my site to any one genre. How boring would that be?

Anyways, I bring this up because this recipe has sugar. Lots of sugar. And butter. And caramel. And chocolate chips. Get the picture? It’s deliciously indulgent and the perfect recipe for any party where you really want to bring a dessert that has the “WOW” factor to it!  

Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Filled with half-baked cookie dough and caramel. Yup, seriously.

The cookie recipe I use is from Parents Need to Eat Too, and let me tell ya, it’s the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever made. I think I’ve baked at least 30 batches of them over the last couple of years and others really just don’t match up to it. This is definitely one of Kyle’s favorite desserts as well! When they’re baked on a plain cookie sheet, they have a slightly crunchy exterior, but still maintain a softer inside. I can’t even explain them. Think joy and kittens and rainbows and Zac Efron all mixed into one cookie. Yup. 

And these Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies? Think of everything I described above, but with a oozy-gooey caramel center surrounded by half-baked cookie dough and a more firm cookie crust. Unreal! 

Deep Dish Carmael Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Filled with half-baked cookie dough and caramel. Yup, seriously.

There’s one key rule when it comes to the these cookies, though. DON’T OVER BAKE. 

I know it’s super tempting to look into the oven, see an underdone cookie, and set the timer for a few more minutes, but you need to resist. Seriously, apply that willpower of yours because these cookies are a million times better when they are soft in the middle and will finish baking outside of the oven as they cool.  

And, without further ado, I present to you: Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!

4.3 from 3 reviews
Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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These Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies are fantastically indulgent and stuffed with gooey caramel and half-baked cookie dough.
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 20 caramels
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, beating to combine.
  4. Carefully add the flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing just till combined.
  5. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. In a greased muffin pan, add 1½ tablespoons of the cookie dough to the bottom. Add a caramel into the middle and cover with another tablespoon of the dough.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Do not over bake!
  8. Let cool and enjoy!

Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Literally a mouthful and filled with caramel and half-baked, gooey cookie dough!

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  1. says

    First off, love your outlooks on healthy living!! Indulging is NOT a bad thing! Especially when something like these cookies are involved. Seriously, I think I died and went to heaven when I saw your pictures and read your description. And you wouldn’t have to worry about me over baking them because I always under bake cookies… I like them doughy which I know is weird, but honesty I wouldn’t even bake them if I knew I wouldn’t get sick just eating the dough :P
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  2. says

    Saw these re-tweeted today and decided I’d test it out. Usually that means I think about baking and end up with the same ‘ol slop. I DID make these (but as regular cookies) and OH MY GOSH YOU ARE A GENIUS! Ok, my coworkers are going to love you ;)
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    • says

      Isn’t it the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe ever? Literally go to heaven whenever I put one into my mouth hahaha ;). SO glad you liked it and I really appreciate you leaving a comment! Totally made my day haha :D
  3. Adian says

    Just made these over the weekend for a huge family birthday party. They are wonderful and were a huge hit! Definitely will make them again! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Wendy says

    Will use my own cookie recipe with the caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt. Should be pretty tasty…thanks for sharing the idea!

  5. Arlene says

    I’m curious as to whether or not this would work in mini muffin tins. Perhaps, half the amount of dough & cut the caramel in half? How long would you bake? Looks fabulous!
    • says

      I definitely think they would! It depends on how small your min-muffin tins are. I have a set that make super tiny ones, so I would probably just fill up the tin to 2/3 the height of the muffin tin. Baking times would probably be around half the normal recipe, but I would test it out by just filling up one of the tins initially and baking it to see how it turns out. That should give you a better idea of how to bake a whole batch :)!
  6. Lisa says

    Please help! I’m trying to fill these cookies with my homemade caramels but it’s not working! The caramel are good until they get baked into the cookie! They come out crystallized and grainy! Why is this happening?? Is there a certain type of caramel recipe or procedure I must follow in order to bake them inside of a cookie?? It works just fine with store bought caramels!! Why??? Thanks for your help
    • says

      Hmmm I’ve never tried using homemade caramels (they sound delicious, though!) so I can’t give you a foolproof answer. Try using the store-bought caramels since they seem to melt into the cookie and don’t get a grainy texture at all! Wish I could give better help, sorry! :(
  7. AngieM says

    i made these yesterday. Followed recipe exactly and used normal size muffin pan. But every single cookie collapsed in the middle so they all had big holes. What did I do wrong or how can I prevent next time? They still tasted fantastic! Just weren’t pretty
    • says

      Hi Angie!

      Hmm, that’s odd. I had a few of my cookies slightly sink in as the caramel melted and took up less space, but none of them collapsed! Maybe you could try chilling the dough beforehand or stuffing them with extra caramel (which is never a bad thing in my opinion hahah!). I’m sorry the first batch wasn’t all that pretty!

  8. Mira says

    If I were to make these cookies into mini cupcakes instead of the standard size, how long do you recommend the bake time to be? They look delicious. I’m planning to make these for our cookie exchange this year.
  9. says

    4.3 from 3 reviews
    Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Prep time
    15 mins
    Cook time
    20 mins
    Total time
    35 mins

    These Deep Dish Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies are fantastically indulgent and stuffed with gooey caramel and half-baked cookie dough.
    Author: Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    Serves: 20
    Ingredients
    3 cups flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup unsalted butter
    1½ cup packed light brown sugar
    1 cup sugar
    3 tsp vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
    20 caramels
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
    In a mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, beating to combine.
    Carefully add the flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing just till combined.
    Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
    In a greased muffin pan, add 1½ tablespoons of the cookie dough to the bottom. Add a caramel into the middle and cover with another tablespoon of the dough.
    Bake for 18-20 minutes. Do not over bake!
    Let cool and enjoy!

  10. Kim says

    Made these and they’re really good. I personally would prefer just caramel in the middle as there’s tons of chocolate, not that that’s a bad thing just caramel:chocolate ratio! They take a long time to cool to get out of the pan. I made regular chocolate chip cookies with leftover dough. Very yummy. I have a photo but don’t see how I can post it.

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