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.
Salted caramel kiss cookies on a floral placemat
These cookies are ridiculous.

So simple, so good…possibly my new favorite.
First make your butter brown.
A collage of four photos of butter melting in a saucepanAfter it cools a bit, pour your butter into some brown sugar and beat it.  Just beat it.
Melted butter being poured from a saucepanMix in the other usual suspects and you’ve got dough!
Peanut butter cookie dough in a bowlRoll your cookies into a delicious brown sugar/granulated sugar mix and bake!
Cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheetWhile the cookies are in the oven unwrap your caramel candies. I used some Caramel Hershey Kisses…but you could use Dove or Rolo…
A bag of Hershey's salted caramel kissesAs soon as they come out of the oven press a yummy Caramel Kiss on top.
A Hershey's kiss being pressed into a peanut butter cookieThen do it right and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Flaked, if your nasty.
Peanut butter cookie with a Hershey kiss being sprinkled with sea saltSeriously gorg.
Salted caramel kiss cookies on a baking sheetYou need one of these in your life.Salted caramel kiss cookie cut in half


Salted Caramel Kiss Cookie

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Feb 23, 2018 6:54 pm

The photo of your cookie cut in half clearly shows that it has not baked all the way through.

Jan 1, 2018 9:58 am

Mmmm!! We made these cookies and they are AMAZING!
After one week the cookies are hard. Any suggestions?

Nov 5, 2012 10:57 am

I just found this recipe on pinterest and made them last night. These are to die for! I’ll definitely be checking out your recipe archives and reading your blog regularly looking for another fabulous recipe like this one.

Oct 15, 2012 5:36 pm

I want to make these cookies right now. They look fabulous. Thanks for the recipe.

Sep 2, 2012 12:14 pm

I just made these and they are fantastic! everyone loved them, thanks for the great recipe

Jul 29, 2012 6:31 am

HAHAHA your son is the cutest thing ever

May 23, 2012 10:40 pm

I should not have looked at this post. I really shouldn’t have. I can’t resist anything with salted caramel. Looks like I’ll need to hit up the store from some candy. Well, some more candy anyway.

May 23, 2012 9:18 am

My dad totally had an afro once. I always laugh at the pictures! I want these cookies now!

May 22, 2012 6:17 pm

I made these cookies yesterday and they were delicious! But mine spread more than yours seemed to in the pictures, and got a little flat and crispy. Still wonderful, but I’m wondering what I missed or could have done wrong? Yours look softer than mine and I was a little upset that I couldn’t figure out what happened. (I also made your key lime meltaways and they were delicious, too!)

May 21, 2012 9:17 am

TheYre beautiful! Our kids would make great buds.

May 20, 2012 10:10 am

Holy cow, your kid is hysterical! I love his afro obsession.

& those cookies… Mmm…

Debra Kapellakis
May 20, 2012 1:55 am

You left me drooling like a baby with that last photo. I feel sad for you little guy wanting an afro with his straight hair. My hair is wavy and almost curly so is my husbands. My daughter got just a hint of a wave in her hair and she HATES it. She wants her hair to be straight as a board. Poor thing both her brothers have straight hair. lol, our babies are GREAT

May 19, 2012 3:11 pm

This cookie looks amazing! I love the combo of chocolate, caramel, and salt. A great take on the traditional peanut blossom!

Lysa Christopher
May 18, 2012 3:59 pm

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?

May 18, 2012 3:13 pm

AWESOME cookie!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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