Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

This past week was Back to School Night. Not for my kids: for me. I’m a teacher, and once a year I do my best to impress the parents as they figure out who the crazy lady at the front is.

As much as I love meeting everyone, it’s an exhausting day. Most teachers go to work, teach all day, and then just stay for the event. We can be there for way too long, and it’s tiring. So this year, I brought these cookies in to boost morale among my colleagues!

Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

With all the caramel and butterscotch, these soft cookies were an instant hit. Somebody had brought a tray of assorted Costco cookies into the office, too. Guess which ones disappeared first?

Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

No, silly, not the Costco cookies. These caramel cookies were gone! Even people who aren’t the biggest butterscotch fans (yes, they exist) ate these. People kept commenting on the soft texture of the cookie. Like I always say, texture trumps everything, even taste. I’d eat soft-baked cookies in any flavor, all day long.

Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

Like many of the softer cookie recipes circulating these days, this recipe includes cornstarch. It does wonders in creating that soft yet chewy quality. The caramel bits melt into the cookie and enhance the texture even more, while the butterscotch chips add the tiniest bit of crunch. It’s sensational.

Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

Just remember, as always, to chill your dough. Otherwise, the cookies will spread and not be thick and puffy. You’re going for pillowy, not flat!

Soft-Baked Caramel Cookies

If you don’t have work friends to cheer up on a rough day, bake these for anyone. They’ll be an instant hit!



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 and 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperatureย 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits (Kraft)
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips



In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (except the brown sugar) in a bowl and set aside.

Mix the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and stir again. Pour in the dry mixture and combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the caramel bits and butterscotch chips.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours or preferably overnight.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Form tall mounds of dough (about 2 tablespoons) and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake.

Allow to cool completely on baking sheets. Remove and store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Marta @ Sweet Tooth

    I am a butterscoth and caramel fan… and I could eat the whole batch of those cookies!!!
    I have a hard time finding butterscoth chips since I live in Spain, but when I was in the US, I could grab the bag and eat it while watching TV haha
    Will try your recipe as soon as I can ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Oh, what a bummer that you can’t get the chips! If you get caramel, you can cut them into small pieces and that will help. I hope it works out, Marta!

  2. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Mir, I can see you’re a huge fan of butterscotch, like me! I love the combination of caramel and butterscotch in these soft cookies… Sounds like your colleagues would like for you to share more of your treats with them:)
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    1. Mir

      I always do, Heather! Because teachers need sugar boosts. Or so we tell ourselves. Butterscotch is the best!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    You definitely can’t go wrong with a cookie like this! Soft cookies are my favorite, and I love that you made this into a caramel version. I can definitely see why these disappeared first…they look delish!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I was very happy that they went. Otherwise I would’ve eaten way too many!

  4. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    I love butterscotch in my cookies…and caramel too? I can see why they were such a hit!
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    1. Mir

      They were nice. Now they’re gone. Sigh. Thanks, Aimee!

  5. Annie @Maebells

    Oh I love soft cookies! It is so hard to make a perfect batch of soft cookies though! These look amazing!
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    1. Mir

      It is hard. But man, are they worth it! Thanks, Annie!

  6. Christine

    I do believe I shall try making these tonight, but with pumpkin spice chips (yes, I did find them at the store yesterday, and yes, I had to buy them). Do you think eggbeaters will work, or do I have to use a real egg?

    1. Mir

      You found them?! What store, Chris?
      I’m not sure. Probably should be okay. Just bring the egg beaters to room temp first. Let me know what happens!

  7. Danielle

    I love butterscotch, but have never made butterscotch cookies before! I feel like that is so wrong! I totally agree with you too, soft batch cookies are the best. These look perfectly soft and pillowy. Pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Danielle! I never made them before either. It was an eye opener!

  8. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This looks like such a delicious indulgence. Yum!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Dannii! I love to indulge!

  9. Tash

    You simply can’t NOT love a teacher who brings beautiful CARAMEL cookies in with them! They look incredible. Kinda jealous of your class to be honest! My university lecturers should do the same ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Mir

      Everyone likes the person who brings in sugar! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen

    Yum! Those look so soft. I love the caramel and butterscotch combo. Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for the pin, Ashley! These were ridiculously soft. I was hooked!

  11. Isadora @ She Likes Food

    These cookies look absolutely amazing, Mir!! I’m a huge butterscotch fan (are there really people out there that don’t like it?!) and I also love my cookies to be soft and these look like they are so soft and perfect! I think they would definitely help me get through a long day ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Yep, those weirdos are out there. ๐Ÿ™‚ I get through long days the same way, Isadora!

  12. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Oh my! You can totally see how incredibly soft these cookies are Mir! Perfection! No wonder they disappeared so fast ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for the pin, Trish! I’m making more this week, for sure!

  13. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    Soft cookies are the best!! And these, well, I totally could be obsessed with! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yum!
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    1. Mir

      I definitely agree, Jocelyn! Super crispy cookies make me a little sad.

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