Sea Salt & Caramel Filled Brownie Cookies

Sea Salt & Caramel Filled Brownie Cookies 2 Yup. I went there.

Chocolate. Caramel. Sea Salt.


In a chewy, warm, sweet cookie package.

You’re welcome.

I’ve always wanted to make brownie cookies from a mix and finally got around to it yesterday. I tried looking online for guidance but there was NONE! Have people seriously never done this before? I mean, cake mixes get turned into cookies all the time! But not brownie mixes? I don’t believe it. {Google, I love ya and you’re smart but you’re not THAT smart.} Anyways, these are made with the same ingredients that go into a box brownie mix but reduced significantly so that they spread and bake up like cookies!  And instead of just being happy with some plain brownie cookies, I stuffed them with caramel and sea salt…umm, why wouldn’t I stuff them? This is me we’re talking about…


Ooey gooey, salty, sweet and fudgy goodness.

You want one, huh?

Just as I suspected.

Well, lucky for you I have the recipe. And it’s only 6 ingredients away from brownie cookie happy town. My new favorite place.

Here’s how you make them. Don’t be surprised at how ridiculously easy they are to whip up.
brownie cookies 3 Start out with a box of brownie mix. This is the kind I used…it’s my fav. You may have to adjust the increments if you’re using a different brand.

brownie cookies 1 So into a mixer, toss the brownie mix, oil, water and an egg.

brownie cookies 4 Mix it up until your dough forms and that’s basically it. Super easy, right? Totes.

cookie dough eater This is how I got 2 minutes of down time to get the rest of these cookies done. Worked like a charm. Licking every utensil is required for this recipe, fyi.

brownie cookies 8 Grab some caramels now and start unwrapping. We won’t be using the whole bag so you’ll have some snacking treats for later.

cookies part 1 To assemble, you scoop out a cookie and press it down to flatten. Then top it with a caramel and sprinkle sea salt over the top.

brownie cookies 11 Squish another ball of dough around the caramel to enclose it and repeat.

brownie cookies 12 Once you have a tray full, pop these into a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

brownie cookies 13 After they bake up, leave them on the sheet tray to cool 5-10 minutes. Trying to remove them sooner is cause for major trouble. {Read: serious oozing may occur!} Once you are ready to remove these from the baking sheet, place onto wax paper, not a cooling rack.

Sea Salt & Caramel Filled Brownie Cookies 1 Serve warm with milk and dig right in! Mmmmm…..these were absolutely DIVINE!

Hope you get a chance to make these this weekend! :) Enjoy!

Sea Salt & Caramel Filled Brownie Cookies

Yield: 18


1-19.9 oz. box brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker's Fudgy Brownie mix)
1 egg
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
18 caramels
1 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir brownie mix, egg, oil and water together until dough forms. Using a cookie scoop, scoop 12 cookies onto your prepared pan. Press down with your fingers. Place 1 unwrapped caramel on each cookie dough bottom and sprinkle with sea salt. Top with another scoop of cookie dough and press down and seal the caramel in so it is completely encased in dough. Bake 10 minutes and remove from oven. Keep cookies on baking sheet another 5 minutes before removing to wax paper. DO NOT place on cooling rack. There's a possibility that the bottom cookie could tear, letting your warm caramel ooze out. Serve warm with milk.

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48 Responses to “Sea Salt & Caramel Filled Brownie Cookies”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE this, Lauren!! the look so good and I love salted caramel and dark chocolate together :)


  2. #
    Maria — March 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    You know I am crazy for cookies! LOVE these!


  3. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Oh dear lord, these look heavenly Lauren! What a fun and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!


  4. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Oh snap! You mean sea-salt-caramel-brownie-heaven-oh-I-think-my-butt-just-grew-just-looking-at-these cookies. #soworthit!


  5. #
    Cassie — March 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Oh lordy, Lauren. You have outdone yourself. Caramel and sea salt are a winning combo, but add brownie? I’m sold. Love this. And I love Brooke, she is just sweet as pie!


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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I’m on the floor. Dying.

    I neeeeed these. (Have I mentioned I’m having a serious browning craving right now?!)


  7. #
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — March 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm



  8. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love this! The brownie mix, the caramels inside, how gooey they look…on the must-make list, for sure!


    • Lauren — March 23rd, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

      Gooey is the best!!


  9. #
    Marilyn Brennan — March 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Wow, you always come up with fabulous innovations. These are amazing!


  10. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Kind of need one of these now!


  11. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I love this recipe. My favorite part of the entire post, though, is your precious girl licking the dough. Happy Friday!


  12. #
    Elizabeth @ chronic venture — March 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    yum, I love these!!


  13. #
    Kathryn — March 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Oh yes! That gooey caramel in the middle looks amazing. Also cutest picture of your daughter ever.


  14. #
    Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser — March 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    These look incredible! I absolutely love sweet and salty combos, I can’t wait to try these out!


  15. #
    Michelle — March 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    These look like heaven!


  16. #
    Jennifer — March 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    My roommate tried to make these over the weekend but they came out pretty flat, even after refrigerating. Is there a trick to keeping them from spreading too much?


  17. #
    Maria — March 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    So far so EASY. They are in the oven & look & already smell beautiful. I took photos too. 6 minutes to bake & then to cool.

    Wish us luck & a cold glass of milk to go with them.



  18. #
    Megan Pence — March 24, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Three of the best things ever in cookie form. My PMS-ing hormones are just doing backflips right now. I want all the cookies!!!


  19. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — March 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Love it Lauren! SO dreamy.


  20. #
    DessertForTwo — March 24, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Oh yum! I need these in my life, I’m certain of it.


  21. #
    From Valerie's Kitchen — March 24, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I love that you used brownie mix. Packaged brownie mix is really very good! Geez, caramel, chocolate, and salt. That just really hits all the sweet spots doesn’t it?


  22. #
    Suzanne — March 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Even my son could make these. Betty Crocker has done the hard work but what a novel idea to stick a piece of caramel inside. Caramel and chocolate are my favourite combination ever.


  23. #
    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} — March 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Ahh. Perfection!


  24. #
    Cathy @ Noble Pig — March 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Ummm…wow. They do sound absolutely divine…a must try for my kiddos and me.


  25. #
    Jolene ( — March 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Yep. I will be making these!


  26. #
    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — March 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Love your photo for how you get an extra 2 minutes of downtime! These look really delicious.


  27. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — March 25, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Oh Lauren, I just stuffed myself full of fast food tacos and wish I had a batch of your brownie caramel cookies to seal the deal. The Betty Crocker brownie mix is my favorite. This is the best kept secret on the planet – only brownie aficionados recognize the grandeur of the Betty Crocker brownie mix. You certainly conquered the brownie cookie – job well done!


  28. #
    Emily — March 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Oh, yum!!!!! What is it about salted caramel and chocolate? I could kiss the person who first put the combo together. Delicious!!


  29. #
    Vicki F — March 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Lauren: thanks so much for your down-to-earth commentaries, yummy recipes with easy to follow directions, and all around great food blog – so glad I found you and hope you will keep on blogging for years to come. All the best!


  30. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Love love love these!


  31. #
    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — March 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    i am LOVING the brownie mix shortcut here. i love stuffed cookies and these look incredible!


  32. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — March 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    These look so decadent! Gorgeous photos too!


  33. #
    Karen — March 31, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Hi Lauren….those sea salt & carmel filled brownies look amazing. Can’t wait to try them….also where did you get that cute towel the cookie is sitting on? Thanks!!!


  34. #
    Tami — April 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Lauren – this was the first recipe I made from your site (which by the way I love!). I really love salted carmel anything so I had to try these asap, in fact, my husband called me on the way home and I informed him “there’s no dinner but we have dessert!” – lol. Anyway, these are quite possibly the BEST cookies I’ve ever made, thanks to you, and I’ll definitely be making them over and over (like tonight :).


  35. #
    Crystal — December 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Mmm, these look AMAZING!

    Do you think it would be possible to somehow substitute the caramel candies with salted caramel sauce?


  36. #
    Alicia — December 16, 2013 at 7:03 am

    These look amazing! What size cookie scoop did you use? I have a 2 Tbsp, but those look like maybe just a 1?


  37. #
    Laura — December 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

    UM, WOW!!!!!!!! I just made these and they turned out sooooo good!!!!!!!!! I already know I will be running to the store later today to make a second batch. These must be shared!!

    Tip – My local grocery store, Publix, does not carry Kraft caramels. They said the caramels are a “seasonal item” and apparently Christmas is not the season. ??? I don’t get it. Anyways, after a quick search online I found that both Target and Walmart carry the Kraft caramels.


    • Lauren — December 21st, 2013 @ 8:24 am

      Glad you liked them!


  38. #
    Debbie — March 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    can you please tell me what sized cookie scoop you used??


  39. #
    Cat — August 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    These look so good! I may be missing something or misreading it, but why do you need 18 caramels if you only make 12 cookies?


  40. #
    Marianne — October 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    You should try this!
    Salted caramel Nutella Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

    best cookies I’ve ever ever eaten!



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