Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Jars
It’s a good, good life.
I’ve had countless cups of strong, black Austin coffee.
And taken countless hand-holding steps with this guy I love forever.
It’s been grand. Later, I plan to write a quick recap recommendation post for those of you who want some guidance to Austin eats, like us.
But for now, I have a last minute Christmas cookie recipe for you!
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies require little explanation.
Very little elaboration.
Just make them already! So you can eat them already!
They’re salted. Salt is best. They’re caramely. Caramel is grand. They’re filled with (Christmasy) chocolate chips. Devouring (and trying to share them) is just a given.
These cookies make a happy gift, if you wrap them up like so:
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temp.
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 large egg, room temp.
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup caramel bits (Kraft brand)
- sea salt for sprinkling
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Bring butter and egg to room temperature.
- In a large bowl using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed until fluffy and light in color.
- Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed.
- On low speed, mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
- Stir in chocolate chips and caramel bits.
- Chill dough in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Drop 2 Tbsp-size balls of dough onto cookie sheet. Press down lightly and sprinkle tops with sea salt.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.
- Remove and let cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to cooling rack.
- IMPORTANT! Keep dough in refrigerator in between batches and allow cookie sheets to cool between batches.
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Here’s how to make your own cookie jar gifts!
- Pick up some wide-mouth mason jars (I bought mine at Walmart in a 10-pack for around $10), colorful tissue paper, and festive ribbon.
- Trace around the metal circle lids and cut out circles of tissue paper.
- Print out some cookie swap gift tags. I downloaded mine from the Foodie Crush Holiday Cookie Cravings e-cookbook. (Merry Christmas from me to me! But seriously, the whole Cookie Cravings package — containing at least 50 stunning cookie recipes and photos — is a whopping $7.99. It’s the perfect foodie gift.)
- Open jars. Lay a square piece of tissue. Stack cookies. Cover with lid and a circle of tissue. Tie ribbon and attach tags. Voila!
- Download and print out the recipe below for your friends so they can bake them when their jar is empty!