Salted Caramel Cookie Bites

Sweet and salty has become a bit of a theme this month in my kitchen. Just last week, there were those Salted Caramel Pecan Bars. And, the week before that, I shared these lovely Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Blondies. Hopefully, no one minds the repetition. I, for one, adore the sweet and salty combo.

Salted Caramel Cookie Bites are a wonderfully delicious sweet and salty treat! - Bake or Break

These beauties are another great example of shortcut salted caramel. No chance of suffering through a pan of ruined caramel here. Instead, caramel bits or chopped caramel pieces are placed on top of each cookie. Those are then sprinkled with coarse salt to create that flavor so many of us know and love.

Salted Caramel Cookie Bites combine cookies, caramel, and nuts for an irresistible sweet and salty treat. - Bake or Break

When making these, you can flavor them to your taste with more or less caramel and/or salt. I was probably a little heavy-handed with the salt for most people’s taste, but I liked the results. Keep in mind that these little cookie bites are so small that a little extra salt can go a long way.

Salted Caramel Cookie Bites

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 36 mini muffin-sized cookie bites

Salted Caramel Cookie Bites

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup caramel bits (or chopped caramel)
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°. Place paper liners in 36 mini muffin cups.

In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla until well blended. Add baking powder and egg, beating until fluffy. Mix in flour.

Scoop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into prepared pan. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges have browned.

Remove pan from oven. Place caramel pieces on top. (If you’re using caramel bits, place 4-5 on each cookie and gently press down to secure them.) Bake until caramel melts (about 2-3 minutes).

While cookies are still warm, sprinkle chopped almonds over each. Top with a tiny pinch of salt.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2012/01/salted-caramel-cookie-bites/

8 Comments

  1. Eliana January 31, 2012 Reply

    These little bits look incredible. Love the sweet/salty combination.

  2. Bree January 31, 2012 Reply

    Salt + caramel? Sounds like THE perfect combination!

  3. Carrie Z February 1, 2012 Reply

    These look so yummy! Hoping to give them a try this week. Thanks!

  4. Choc Chip Uru February 1, 2012 Reply

    These look amazing – I could do with three or four of these :D
    Love the flavours!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  5. I love any excuse for caramel, and this looks really easy! Thanks!

  6. Let Me Eat Cake February 2, 2012 Reply

    these sound like everything i love! salted caramel yes! cookies yes! and bite sized yes! I’m in love with this :)

  7. Christmas baker November 13, 2012 Reply

    Hi,

    I made these and they seemed a little dry. Any idea of what I did wrong? Also, ideas for making them a little moister..

  8. jennifer November 13, 2012 Reply

    Christmas baker, first of all, be sure you’re not overbaking them, which will cause them to be dry. If that isn’t the issue, then you can always add a bit more wet ingredients – a little more sugar, a tablespoon of water, or maybe even an egg yolk.

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