Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cookies

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

These cookies are super decadent. I used them for a dessert where I topped one with some peanut butter ice cream and the remaining caramel sauce - YUM! If you don't feel like making the caramel, the cookie recipe alone is so good as well as easy to do all in one bowl. The caramel can be made ahead of time and stored in the jar in the fridge until you need it. These cookies need a bit of fridge time so they hold their shape in the oven.

Makes 10-12​ Salted Caramel 1 cup caster sugar 100g butter, cubed 1 tsp salt Chocolate Cookies 125g butter, at room temperature 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 150g dark chocolate, melted 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped To make the caramel, place the sugar in a small pot on a medium heat. Cook, stirring with a spatula, until all the sugar has melted completely and it turns a dark amber colour, 4-5 minutes. CAREFULLY add the butter (it will bubble up), a little at a time, stirring constantly. Once you've added all the butter, cook for 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat, stir through salt and transfer to a glass jar. Allow to cool before putting in the fridge. Preheat oven to 180°C. In a large bowl or bowl of your stand mixer, use electric beaters to cream together butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg until combined, then beat in chocolate. Add flour and baking powder and beat together, then finish with a spatula to ensure all combined. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to firm up. When caramel has cooled, dollop teaspoons of it onto some baking paper. Place on a plate or in a container that will fit in your freezer. Freeze for at least 30 minutes, until solid. Dollop heaped tablespoons of mixture onto a lined oven tray (or use a cookies scoop) these will spread quite a bit so make sure to leave about 5cm between each cookie. Take your caramels and push one into each cookie. Top each cookie with some chopped chocolate. Bake for about 10 minutes, for softer cookies or 12-14 minutes for chewy cookies. If desired, use a round a cookie cutter or a cup to gently place over each cookie and make a circle motion to shape the cookies into the perfect circle.