Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Erin

Yes, these smoked sea salt caramel dark chocolate chip cookies are as good as they sound.

Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well Memphis, it’s been fun. Over the weekend I had one last hurrah downtown and it was a blast. I haven’t danced that much in awhile and my legs and abs were actually tired the next day. But today I leave Memphis to journey all the way to the other side of the state where I will reside until I solidify a job. It will be nice to spend more time with my parents but for the sake of my monetary health I hope it doesn’t take long.

These cookies were whipped up for everyone that helped with the big move into the POD last weekend (along with an assortment of other goodies and beverages). The flavor was inspired by one of my favorite cookies from Keep It Sweet Desserts, mixing smoked sea salt, caramel bits and dark chocolate into my beloved chocolate chip cookie base. This is my first recipe using smoked sea salt and it’s a pretty awesome addition to a cookie. However, I cannot claim that they are as good as hers which is why she owns the awesome cookie/brownie/blondie business!

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Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp smoked sea salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 egg + 1 yolk

1-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1-1/2 cup caramel bits


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients in three batches until just blended. Stir in the chocolate and caramel by hand using a wooden spoon. Wrap and refrigerate dough overnight, or at least an hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Take cookie dough out to room temperature while the oven heats.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop (or roll 2 tablespoons), drop cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with additional smoked sea salt if desired.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are barely golden (will look underbaked). Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Source: Adapted from My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, inspired by Keep It Sweet Desserts.

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Barb S. February 21, 2014 - 6:32 pm

I love the taste of salty and sweet at the same time! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

dina February 20, 2014 - 9:42 am

these sound amazing!

Danielle@thecharmitspot February 6, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Sea salt, caramel, AND dark chocolate?? This sounds like heaven in my mouth! I would love to try these!

Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner February 5, 2014 - 9:57 am

Good luck with the job hunt! Cookies always make it better. :) These look deeeelicious!

Joanne February 4, 2014 - 6:37 am

Fingers crossed for a quick job turnaround! Hang in there girl! At least you have awesome cookies. I’m just drooling, like, a lot.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 4, 2014 - 6:14 am

Yay!! Yours do look really, really good, yum! Good luck with the next move:-)

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 3, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Oooooh I remember those cookies of Lauren’s!!! They were SOO good! Yours look just as amazing!!! mMMmmmmmm

vanillasugarblog February 3, 2014 - 6:27 pm

I haven’t tried smoked sea salt yet.
But I love whoever started this sea salt on cookies thing years ago–what a hit.

spiffycookie February 3, 2014 - 7:09 pm

No kidding, me too!

Jennifer | Bake or Break February 3, 2014 - 1:28 pm

These look so good! I love a good dose of salty with my sweet, and I’m loving that smoked sea salt.

Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures February 3, 2014 - 11:58 am

Good luck on the move. These look delicious! Caramel and dark chocolate are so great.

Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate February 3, 2014 - 11:15 am

I had no idea they even make smoked sea salt. Sounds delicious!

Zainab February 3, 2014 - 11:04 am

I have never heard of smoked sea salt. I live sea salt and chocolate chip cookies so I know I will love these. They look amazing!! Have a safe trip back.

steph@stephsbitebybite February 3, 2014 - 7:49 am

SMOKED sea salt?! I can’t even imagine how incredible these cookies must taste!


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