Caramel Stuffed Macchiato Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Where are my caramel macchiato fans at?! Super Dad and I will rarely order anything else when visiting our favorite local coffee shops. So when we were trying to come up with the perfect cookie flavor for National Cookie Day, I had to try these caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookies. And let me tell you, they came out SO good… the third time I made them!

I found the initial, caramel macchiato thumbprint recipe on the Betty Crocker website, though I did change it a bit. Honestly, the first two batches were a disaster. I couldn’t quite figure out how to incorporate the caramel without making a HUGE mess or making our fingers super sticky. The first time, I tried the thumbprint on top of the cookie and it kind of melted all over the place. The second time, I drizzled it all over the top of each cookie and they were really hard to handle. While they were yummy, our hands were super sticky.

My Nana always told me if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. So, for the third batch, I decided to try stuffed cookies. Placing the caramel inside each ball of dough seemed to do the trick (though there were a few that fell out of the bottom once they were cooked, so make sure that the caramel is in the center of each dough ball, and have the dough covering the caramel completely, all around. I found that setting the piece in the center and then rolling the dough around it, worked well.

chocolate chip dough balls with caramel center

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caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookies

Caramel Stuffed Macchiato Chocolate Chip Cookies


Description

If you love caramel macchiatos, you will absolutely love the cookie version! We took chocolate chip and espresso cookies and stuffed them with caramel.


Ingredients

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  • 1 pouch sugar cookie mix
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter (melted)
  • 3 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
  • 14 oz bag caramels

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In a mixing bowl, add hot water and espresso powder. Powder should dissolve right away.
  3. Add cookie mix, flour, vanilla, egg and butter and mix until combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips and hand stir until well distributed.
  5. Unwrap caramels and cut them in half.
  6. Shape dough into 1in balls with one or two pieces of caramel in the center of each dough ball.
  7. Place dough balls into the freezer for 5 minutes.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool for 2 minutes. Transfer to cooling racks and allow to fully cool.
  • Category: Dessert

oozy caramel in caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookie

hand holding half of a cookie

hands pulling apart a cookie filled with caramel

My kids were honestly unsure about how they were going to feel about these cookies. I think the word “espresso” freaked them out a bit. They were sure they were going to taste like coffee (a flavor that they aren’t quite into at their ages, though I was sneaking sips of my Nana’s iced coffee since I was much younger than them).

Although they were messy, they really loved the first two batches. Truth is, the espresso flavor isn’t as strong as you might think (though you can make it stronger by adding more espresso powder).

The stuffed caramel batch was their absolute favorite. They went back for seconds and even thirds. They were pretty much gone within an hour so they’ve already requested that I make one more batch this weekend. How can I say no to that request? Plus, Super Dad is really looking forward to dunking one into his weekend caramel macchiato! YUM!

If you plan on making these or any of our other recipes, I’d love to hear how they turned out. If you have any other suggestions for how to incorporate the caramel, share it! I’m all for trying new options that I missed!

If you love caramel macchiatos, you will absolutely love these! We took chocolate chip espresso cookies and stuffed them with caramel.

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  1. Now, this is my kind of cookie. I love caramel and macchiato (also my favorite coffee flavor). This is a winner!

  2. Chocolate chip cookies are definitely my go-to snacks and that sounds like a great recipe to check out. Thanks for sharing this with us and will have to try this one out soon.

  3. Oh my, those macchiato chocolate chip cookies look so yummy and cute 😍 I need to make these caramel stuffed cookies, now!

  4. These cookies sound like heaven. I love that you can adjust the coffee flavour easily too.

  5. This is such a heavenly dessert. Caramel Macchiato is my favorite Starbucks drink, glad to know that I can have it in cookie form.

  6. What a fun recipe. These sound amazing with the whole pieces of caramel in them. I’d love to try your recipe!

  7. Looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe. I will try it a few times as well to get it right )
    I’m wondering would an actual espresso or a macchiato make it taste even better? Hmm…

    1. I am getting hungry seeing this. Those cookies do look special so I will have to try and make them when I get the ingredients.

  8. All I had to do was read the name of these cookies and I was IN! I can’t wait to try them!!

  9. That looks absolutely delicious and easy to make too! I definitely need to try this caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookies.

  10. Yes yes yes yes yes. I’m going to pretend like I just want to make these for a holiday party this weekend, but I really just want to eat them for myself!

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  11. What a cool recipe! I’m not a coffee drinker, but I really like caramel. I bet my mom would love these.

  12. These are amazing! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and caramel – they are a magical combination! I pinned your recipe to Pinterest so I don’t lose it.

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      The caramel might get hard if you freeze them too long. I haven’t tried it yet but if you do it, let me know!

  13. What a sweet surprise of caramel in the macchiato chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is calling my name to make it

  14. Nothing beats a cookie with a surprise in the middle. I would love to make these cookies!

  15. I am not a coffee drinker so I don’t know much about caramel macchiato. However, I do love caramel and I love the smell of coffee. These look like great cookies to try!

  16. You had me at caramel stuffed. Can you prepare me a little gift bag and I’ll be right over to pick it up? lOL

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  17. Caramel Macchiato is my perfect drink so this would be my perfect cookie! Saving the recipe to try soon!

  18. We LOVE Caramel, so these cookies will be a hit! We attempted to make them and the mess was big, but all so worth it. I love the espresso flavor, that’s different.

  19. I want these Caramel Stuffed Macchiato Chocolate Chip Cookies! It looks so yummy! Hope to buy ingredients soon!

  20. Oh my goodness! I am in heaven! Chocolate chip cookies are always a hit in our house!

  21. These cookies are perfect for our Xmas party and I have to start making them now.

  22. I love caramel and this would be my treat. I have saved the recipe and will attempt it this season.

  23. yum, yum, yum! My kids would love these. May have to bake these with them and leave them out for Santa.

  24. My grandson would love these cookies. Anything with chocolate chip is sure to be his favorite. I am saving your recipe and making this for him on the weekend!

  25. Wow! These sound amazing. I am not too good at baking but I’m gonna give these a try soon.

  26. What another awesome holiday sweet treat recipe! This is something that will be a hit!

  27. OMG this looks so so good and delicious… Is a perfect cookie recipe for the holidays it will be great with some hot cocoa…

  28. These caramel stuffed macchiato cookies look so yummy. It is a perfect treat for the holidays.

  29. OMFG. STAPPPP IT! Hottttt damn these sound absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD delicious!!!!!! Gahhh! Now I need to make themmm!

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  30. Super yummy! I really need to up my holiday cookie-making game and knew I would find just what I need here. I’m getting all my supplies and ingredients ready this weekend. The super mom life indeed!

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