Salted Caramel Kiss Cookie

This morning I told my 6 year old that he was going to get a haircut after school.
I have been saying this for the past week and a half.
But weirdly, as of late, he has been balking at the idea of getting a trim.

I didn’t understand why until now.
When I told him sternly that today was the day, he got upset. Like, for real upset.

Of course I asked him why he was getting misty over a a few hairs being cut…to which he replied “I want to grow an afro. Please don’t make me cut my hair.”

That really happened.
This morning.


So I told him that he couldn’t grow an afro because his hair is too straight, it would grow down, not out.
He wasn’t convinced.
I then told him that I would have to give him a perm and he would have to wear curlers in his hair.
He wasn’t thrilled with this, but sensed it was a means to an end…
And still persisted.

I should have known something was up with him last week when he wrote a sentence with his spelling words that looked like this…Read #3
I guess he has been planning this for a while.

So yeah. None of that has anything to do with food, it’s just an example of a day in my life.


Ok, less afro-talk, more cookie-talk.

Salted Caramel Kiss Cookies.  More specifically, Browned Butter-Salted Caramel Cookies.

Let that marinate.
These cookies are ridiculous.

So simple, so good…possibly my new favorite.
First make your butter brown.
PhotobucketAfter it cools a bit, pour your butter into some brown sugar and beat it.  Just beat it.
PhotobucketMix in the other usual suspects and you’ve got dough!
PhotobucketRoll your cookies into a delicious brown sugar/granulated sugar mix and bake!
PhotobucketWhile the cookies are in the oven unwrap your caramel candies. I used some Caramel Hershey Kisses…but you could use Dove or Rolo…
PhotobucketAs soon as they come out of the oven press a yummy Caramel Kiss on top.
PhotobucketThen do it right and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Flaked, if your nasty.
PhotobucketSeriously gorg.
PhotobucketYou need one of these in your life.




Salted Caramel Kiss Cookie

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makes 24 cookies


  • 14 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 cups, plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 light brown sugar
  • approx 24 chocolate caramel candies, such as Caramel Kisses or Rolos, unwrapped
  • flaked sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat butter in medium skillet over medium heat until melted. When butter melts slowly swirl the pan and continue to cook the butter until it becomes a nice, brown-caramel color. The swirling helps it from burning. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. When butter is cooled mix 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar and browned butter with electric mixer until no lumps remain, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add egg, yolk and vanilla and mix for another 30 seconds, until smooth.
  6. Slowly add in your flour mixture and mix on medium-low until incorporated.
  7. Combine remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl.
  8. Roll cookie dough into 2 inch balls (a heaping tablespoon) and then roll in sugar mixture.
  9. Place on lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake approx 12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Do not over-bake.
  11. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven press a caramel chocolate candy into the center of each.
  12. Sprinkle each with a pinch of flaked sea salt and transfer to wire rack to continue cooling.


*optional ~ to prevent spreading of these cookies while baking you can chill dough for an hour prior to baking. I didn’t chill my dough and got the results photographed, but results seem to be varied based on feedback.
store cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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oh my god i actually have some tears in my eyes. the goat is as fuzzy as his afro. he wants an afro. oh my god thats too good!!!!!

cookies look good too.. but your son wins this post!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

Haha this made me laugh so hard! Little kids get so attached to their hair and it’s adorable.
I love those caramel kisses too. Perfect with a little salt, I agree.

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

No words. Just drool.


These could easily become my absolute favorite cookie. I think so.

Blog is the New Black

Hahaha, the goat is as fuzzy as my afro…. hilar!

Cookbook Queen

#1 These cookies are speaking to me.

#2 I think you should let Max grow afro. Meanie. 😉

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Now these are just pretty…


Whoa, girl! I nearly fainted at that last photo! Love!! 🙂

jersey girl

I have a 7 year old who is deeply attached to his hair. He dreads hair cuts too. I never would have dreamed hair would be such an issue for a boy! My 10 yr old son couldn’t care less.

I am going to make these cookies!!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

I’m all about this cookie, but the afro? That is hands-down the cutest thing ever!

Hair cuts are a huge issue around here, too. Not that he wants an afro, just that he wants a certain style that his cowlicks aren’t willing to give him. It’s dramatic everytime the scissors come near his locks. Good luck with the fro!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

Ohheckyes. Visions of these are currently dancing in my head. Today will no longer be a productive workday.

Also, tell your son that I (a girl) had an afro for the first few formative years of my childhood. And it was SO NOT A GOOD LIFE CHOICE. Mine was unintentional, granted. But still. It’s just…so unwise. Shudder.

Emilie @ Emilie

awww haha he wants an afro! that’s adorable


The goat thing slays me! What is it about boys and their hair and not realizing that what they request is physically IMPOSSIBLE? Like my red head who wants to dye is hair black? Um, no dear, your eyebrows will still be red and you will look really really funny.

This recipe looks awesome, right up my familiy’s tastebud alley, and I’m pinning to make. 🙂


Your son sounds way too cute…and I am loving the cute school paper!! You should let his hair grow out and then put pink rollers in and take some pics…that might help him get over wanting the afro. For now though I will not be over these cookies…the oozing caramel will haunt my dreams tonight. I heart salted caramel more than I really should:-) Thanks for the fun smiles you and your son gave me today!!

Kendra (Royal Cookie Designs)

HA Too funny!! Gotta love the way kids think 🙂


It’s so silly but I have always wanted an afro, too. Nevermind that I totally have pin-straight hair and it would look moderately ridiculous on a ghostly-pale girl but nevertheless, I want one. A big one with blonde curls. And to try and scare me, my mom showed me her student ID picture from the 8th grade when she got her first perm and she had, no doubt, an afro. But it only fueled my desire for one. A bucket list item, believe me.

BTW, these cookies look SO good.


I need these cookies.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

these remind me of something my grandma used to make…but wow, those caramels…I want!

Erin @ Making Memories

Your cookies look delicious but I am cracking up at your son! (And picturing him with an afro!!!) How funny is that!


haha Silly kids. Loved the story and the recipe!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

I seriously need to make these but there is a 99% chance I eat the whole batch.


Love this, Shelly! I am drooling!


Haha! An afro! Out of all hairstyles. Please let us know what your son ends up doing wit h his hair. Reading from the comments it seems as if all the boys are touchy about their hair. That is too funny. I would have thought that only girls did this! I have to say though, I’ve always wanted to go crazy with my hair and never did it. So, maybe you should do the perm so he gets over the phase.

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

Oh. My. Goodness! Heaven in a cookie. This could easily become our new favorite too! You made me laugh with the whole hair cut thing. My 10 year old has “long hair” like, the old Justin Beiber long, and we tease him that he looks like a Playmobile guy. Now my 6 year old wants Playmobile guy hair too. . . .


wow. these sounds AMAZING. and gorgeouss


That is the cutest story! Little kids are so funny! I had the opposite problem, my 7 year actually gave himself a trim. Good thing we weren’t planning any family portraits! Love the cookies too.


I wish I had about 10 of these right now! They look fantastic.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

My 1st grader thinks he needs a mohowk. He is pretty mad that I won’t let him have one. Sorry, but pale, blue eyed, blond haired kids don’t look good in a mohowk!

Maybe I can bribe him with these cookies though 🙂


Thanks for your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back later in life. I want to encourage you continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

Shelly- I just love your site. I think I just sit around and wait for your next posting so I can fill part of my day with your baked goods. Just made these cookies, but they are much flatter than yours. I got exactly 24 cookies, so I know I rolled the correct amount/size. When cookies turn out flat, is that because of the melted butter? Should I have rolled and then refrigerated before baking? I set my timer for the 15 minutes to let the brown butter cool before mixing with the brown sugar and rest of the ingredients.

Your post was too funny–especially because my Grandson’s hair would be an afro if we didn’t keep it trimmed down AND he has asked for a mohawk hair cut….Because he is bi-racial, it doesn’t look like your normal mohawk, but it makes him happy….Thanks for the chuckle AND for the delicious cookie recipe….


Wow – all my favorite flavors all in one! Going on my must try list!!!

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

Seriously where have these been all my life? They look amazing Shelly, I’m definitely going to try baking these. I’m sad that we don’t have Hershey’s Kisses here. The only ones I have ever seen were the Cookies & Cream ones and they’re rare to find. That leave me with Rolos, sweet juicy Rolos.

So can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!


Out of the mouths of babes ~ soooo cute!

These cookies are divine I know. How do you NOT weigh 3,000 lbs with all the goodies you create? 🙂


Liz @ Tip Top Shape

That Afro story had me laughing out loud! That is too funny!!! Fantastic recipe. The pictures in his were absolutely stunning.


Fros are awesome! Just think of what the chick magnet he’ll be if he’s rocking the fro and handing out these cookies lol

Lori @ RecipeGirl

I love you for making these. What a fab combo you got there 🙂


Oh that poor boy of yours. I’ve always wanted straight hair, so I totally understand (but reversed). I would give him some of my hair but it’s not quite afro-worthy. It can make some pretty mean dreadlocks though!


Circus Afro by chance? My son is obsessed with the circus Afro song in the Madagascar3 ad 🙂
So cute!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

Love the cut cookie photo! You’ve done it again..these look simply mah-velous!! the hair cut story..i have a hilarious video of my son (hilarious to me anyways) getting a buzz cut @ home many moons ago. 😉


I think I just died and went to cookie heaven. I LOVE salty and sweet combinations. SO good.

Lizy b

oh my my my my my….i know what I’m making tomorrow!


These cookies look amazing. And as always, you made me laugh. Seriously; I look forward to your daily installments as much for your witty comments/funny stories as for your recipes. I have curly hair (but it grows down instead of out, so not afro worthy) and have always wanted straight hair. I like the idea of rolling your son’s hair in perm rollers sans the perm solution. Then he could try it with no commitment, in case he decides he doesn’t like it.


Once again, thank you for the funny. Oh, and the recipe, too. 😉


Now these are total cookie perfection! Pinning now 🙂


yep, I think the salt did it for me. as always, they look amazing. can I be your neighbor?? 🙂

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

These are so lovely, Carrie! They’re my favorite holiday cookie with a twist, which I LOVE. You’re so creative!


I love that he wasn’t deterred by the perm & curlers. You should let him go for it!

Also, I’m not a big caramel fan, but that last picture, with it dripping out of the kiss…that might convert me.


AWESOME cookie!

Lysa Christopher

You need to create an afro cookie as an homage to your son! That was just too funny!

As for the cookie – OMG! They’re calling my name … I do have one question (it’s stupid hold on). Everytime I make this style of cookie my chocolate melts in the middle and it’s a mess. I wait for the cookie to cool a tiny bit (but not too long). What’s the trick so my cookies look as beautiful as yours?