May 20, 2013

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies

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I am so excited to be teaming up with Nestle today to share this fun new cookie recipe. It is one of my new favorites! The idea for this cookie has been rolling around in my head for a few months now. I wanted to create cookie that was a combination of all my favorite flavors. Coffee and caramel is one of my absolute favorite flavor combos. If you haven’t tried my Caramel Toffee Latte Cupcakes, they are an absolute must!! :) I also added chunks of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate because coffee, caramel, and chocolate is always a good idea. Oh, by the way, there’s also a giveaway at the end of this post with some really fun, rare Nestle items. Definitely worth checking out!

And be sure to visit my friends Maria and Jenny today who are also creating recipes with Nestle and offering a fun giveaway!

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These cookies are sent absolutely over the top with the addition of brown butter. You guys know how much I love brown butter! I am obsessed with brown butter cookies, and I pretty much make all my cookies with brown butter now. It adds a completely melt-in-your-mouth texture and that “secret ingredient” flavor that makes these cookies decadently bold, rich, and ultra flavorful. Everyone always asks me what my secret is! :) It’s one of those flavors you can’t quite put your finger on the taste, but you know it is to die for. :)  If you’ve never made cookies with brown butter before, hold on… and get ready to get hooked! :)

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Here’s what you’ll need to make these cookies: butter, sugar, dark brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, all-purpose flour, baking soda, Nestle chocolate chunks, caramels, instant coffee, and coarse sea salt for sprinkling.

You can use the unwrapped caramel bits or caramel squares. If you use the squares, you may want to chop them a bit. I find this easier if they have been frozen for a few minutes first.

For the instant coffee, I used Nescafe Hazelnut. Hazelnut is another one of my favorite flavors, so I of course wanted to incorporate it into these cookies. :) They also have vanilla which I think would be fabulous. These instant coffee packs are great for baking. Try adding a packet to brownies or a chocolate cake mix to intensify the chocolate flavor. Love using this simple trick.

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To make these cookies, begin by melting the butter over medium to medium-high heat.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

When it melts, it will start to bubble…

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

And after a few minutes it will start to foam. When it gets to this stage, start whisking constantly.

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It will quickly turn brown, have a wonderfully nutty aroma, and you’ll see little brown bits at the bottom of the pan.

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At this point immediately remove from the heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Set aside and let cool.

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Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt with two tablespoons instant coffee. That’s exactly six of the Nescafe Taster’s Choice Single Serve packets.

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Add the sugars to the brown butter, which should have cooled off by now, and beat with an electric mixer until well combined, about 3-5 minutes.

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While that’s going on, I like to get my eggs and vanilla ready to add. This recipe calls for one egg and one egg yolk. The extra egg yolk makes them super rich and helps them stay moist.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another two minutes.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Until you have this situation going on.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Add the flour and coffee mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. How beautiful does this coffee-flecked dough look??!

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Add the caramels and chocolate chunks and stir until just combined.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Cookie dough perfection!!

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to place dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes until edges just start to turn golden.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

I love sprinkling a touch of salt over my chocolate chip cookies right when they come out of the oven. It just gives them a little something extra and enhances all the other flavors. I’m using this Fleur De Sel finishing salt I got on Amazon. You can also just use kosher salt.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Rich, hazelnut mocha, salty caramel, and a fresh-from-the-oven cookie.

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

It doesn’t get much better than this! :)

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

I love these cookies because there’s something chewy and fabulous in every bite!

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies ♥ www.kevinandamanda.com

Hope you enjoy!! :) Be sure to follow Nestle Kitchens on Pinterest for more cookie ideas and check out Meals.com for more recipes!

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies

2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup caramel bits
3/4 cup Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter starts to foam, begin whisking constantly. When the butter turns brown, fragrant, and you see little brown bits at the bottom of the pan, immediately remove from heat and and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside to cool.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, coffee, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until well combined, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low-speed just until combined. Add the caramels and chocolate chunks and stir until just combined.

4. Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to place dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes until edges just start to turn golden brown. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cool on a wire rack.

 

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83 Comments



 
 

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Alison Wood May 20, 2013 at 2:59 am

Wow! These look great! Love the ingredients–hazelnut is a favorite of mine too:) The pictures are great and I can’t wait to try out the recipe. Love your nails too! Keep the yummy recipes coming. My family will thank you for it!

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tabatha stimspon May 20, 2013 at 3:03 am

Love your recipes!!

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Nika @Vintage Paper Designs May 20, 2013 at 3:15 am

I wish I could spend 1 day in your kitchen, to actually connect smell with the image.
I keep hitting my nose on the screen every time you publish a post.
Ouch!
Nika

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 20, 2013 at 3:32 am

Amanda these are SUCH perfect cookies! The browned butter (mmmm, so good!), the caramel, the salty-and-sweet, with some mocha…what a winning combo. Pinned!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 20, 2013 at 3:49 am

I love how you took all these elements that were already amazing on their own and put them together. They’re so gooey and chocolatey and caramely and just… ugh. I want these for breakfast.

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Kay Montgomery May 20, 2013 at 6:11 am

Looks yummy!

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lorip May 20, 2013 at 6:16 am

These cookies look amazing….I use browned butter all the time, love the flavor it gives. Thanks for another recipe & Giveaway!!!

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May May 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

Brown butter anything is just too good. Thank you for the recipe!

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Rachel Cooks May 20, 2013 at 7:08 am

These cookies look beyond perfect. YUM!!

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven May 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

Oh WOW! Amanda, these look stunning! Wish I could take a bite right now. Love those melted caramels!

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Jeanette B May 20, 2013 at 7:46 am

Hubby is gonna love these!!! Thanks!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

Whoa!! This looks so lovely!

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Tieghan May 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

Nestle is my very favorite! I use at least a cup of nestle chocolate chips a day and I am not kidding! I love them!

These cookies are insane. I mean they are really perfect I take a handfull of them for breakfast!

Oh and as always I love you photos!

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Maria May 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

These look awesome! I need one:)

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Amy @ The Nifty Foodie May 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

OMG…these look insanely good!

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Mary Ann May 20, 2013 at 8:56 am

These cookies look fabulous, and I bet they taste just as good. I think the touch of salt on top is great!

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Leah | So, How's It Taste? May 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

Wow, these sound incredible! I have to bookmark this recipe!

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Dalis May 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

oh wow, those look delish!

– dalis

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl these were amazing. So fun eating our way through Disney together this weekend! xoxo- K

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Dianna K May 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

Now to find the caramel bits at the store and get to baking!

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Christina May 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

I will be making these cookies .. maybe eveb today! One section of the recipe states two tablespoons of instant coffee and rhe recipe itself states one tablespoon instant coffee. Would you clarify this for me please? Thank You!

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Amanda May 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

It’s 2! Fixed it in the recipe :) Thank you so much for letting me know!! :)

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Rachelle of Mommy? I'm Hungry! May 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

I bet my husband would love these! Wait , I’d love these! I need to make these gluten free! :)

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Chris May 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

If these cookies taste as good as they look, I am in trouble! Wow! Happy Monday to you, Amanda! Can’t wait to see you in June :)

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

These do look over the top fabulous. Now I’m craving cookies.

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Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff May 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

What a great flavor combo … everything yummy in one bite ;)

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Cookbook Queen May 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

These cookies are perfection!!!

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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Salted caramel mochas are my absolute favorite coffee drink! These cookies are so absolutely delicious looking! I love the coffee flecked dough!!!

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Natalie M May 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

WOW!~ going to put my caramels in the freezer now..have all ingredients on hand ( even one curious Boston Terrier of my own) and IM making these now!

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Pam May 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

These cookies sound yummy!

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Lucinda May 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

OMG what a decadent cookie! how many does this recipe make?

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nessa May 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm

These look sooooo good! I’m dying over here!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day May 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm

These look incredible, Amanda! I love the flavor combination.

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LauraO May 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

It is my sister-in-law’s bday today and this recipe is PERFECT! I am going to make a batch and drop off for her :)

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Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen May 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Are these for real?! :) They look so incredible! What a treat…I can’t get over how loaded these are!

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Oh boy, these look really good! Love the addition of coffee!

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Tina | My Life as a Mrs May 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

these look AMAZING!!!! Great seeing you this weekend by the way :)

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Jill W. May 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Oh my goodness! The pictures were amazing! Just started a new grocery shopping list! Thank you for sharing!

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Colette May 21, 2013 at 2:49 am

My mouth is watering!
How bad would it be if I left the caramels out?
I don’t have any in the pantry
and really NEED to make these now!

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Manderley May 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

Waooo this is too much good!! So yummy. I have to do this cookies.

xoxo

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

These were seriously amazing!! I’ll definitely have to whip up a batch for the family sometime. So glad to have finally met you in person this weekend! Hope to see you again sometime sooner than later. :)

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Julie @ Table for Two May 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I’m so glad I got to try one of these in person. They were SO good. I need to make a batch. I love the combination of salty, sweet, and nutty. You had it all! It was so fun to hang out this weekend :) can’t wait to again soon! xoxo

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife May 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I am obsessed with brown butter cookies as well! They have quickly become a favorite! ooo and that caramel in those cookies…. I need it!! They look wonderful, Amanda! So glad that I got to finally meet you this weekend!

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Megan {Country Cleaver} May 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

These cookies were a dream and a half – I had to practically sit on my hands to not devour the rest of them when you brught them ORL!!

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D Clark May 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

Wow…! Sounds delicious…… Love the pictures of each step!

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Mary May 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

Can’t wait to make these for a party this weekend. Any idea about how many cookies the original recipe will make? Sorry if I missed it in the notes—trying to read fast so I can go buy the ingredients and start baking!!!!

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Chelley May 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

Oh my goodness! These cookies look amazing. I bet they’re delicious too. This is going straight on my ‘’to bake’’ list!

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Kalie May 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I always love your recipes! I don’t drink coffee. Can I leave it out completely or do I need to replace it with something to get the right consistency?

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Amanda May 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

You can just leave it out, you’ll never miss it! :)

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Wild Child May 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

This is it! This is the cookie that has convinced me to make brown butter. I’m scared I’ll mess it up, but these cookies just look too good not to try. Scrumptious looking!!!

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Meg May 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

These cookies were incredible. I know it’s bad, but I snuck a bit of the dough before I baked them, and I actually laughed out loud – I was surprised by how good it was. And baked, of course, so amazing.

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Shari May 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

I’d love to know the color of your nail polish???
Those cookies look yummy! I’m adding the ingredients to my grocery list!

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Michelelynne May 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I made these cookies this weekend and they were AWESOME!!

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Holli May 29, 2013 at 6:40 am

I made these cookies for my co-workers and they went nuts over them! Talk about good! YUM!

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Dianna K. May 30, 2013 at 10:26 am

I made these last night and they are FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing his recipe!

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Liasa May 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

About how many cookies does one batch make? I’m totally making these for a cookie swap coming up soon!

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Amanda June 3, 2013 at 2:13 am

About 3 dozen! :) Depending on how much cookie dough you eat ;)

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Shannon | Parenting Bass Ackwards June 1, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Yum! These sound deeeeelicious. Wish I didn’t have such a soft spot for cookies.

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Leslie June 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Hi Amanda -

I made a batch today. They are great. I made the cookies a bit smaller than what is called for in the recipe….1 tablespoon instead of 1.5…and shortened the cooking time to right around 8 minutes (convection baking)….and they turned out great. Because the cookies are so rich…I wanted a smaller cookie. The brown butter is ingenious. Thanks Amanda

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Leslie Mac June 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

Just wanted to say that I made these cookies for a memorial day bbq – several other ppl also brought dessert and needless to say these cookies disappeared in minutes. People were talking about them the entire party. Common words heard – “complex” “amazing” “perfection” “I’m craving more” Thanks as always for the recipe.

Incidentally, I added ground vanilla beans in addition to the coffee just to see – in case anyone has adverse to mocha/coffee flavor that would add the look & complexity without the subtle coffee flavor.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 12, 2013 at 1:43 am

Can you please pass me a dozen? I’m really in need of a midnight snack!

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Katherine July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

They turned out ooey gooey scrumdidilicious!!! Thanks a ton for my new favorite dessert :) I will be storing this recipe away to use for the rest of my life!

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Adel July 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I think that the caramel morsels must behave very differently in these cookies than the squares. I don’t know if I’m the first one to try using the squares… I cut each into four pieces. They oozed out of the cookies and melted all over the pan. So the cookies were not pretty and it was hard to get the off the pan in one piece, either because they were so soft or because the melted caramel was sticking to the pan. I’m refrigerating the rest of the dough and hoping that helps. They do taste AMAZING!

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Tami April 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I had the same problem using the squares, I cut each into 6 pieces and they oozed and stuck to the pan. A friend of mine made them with the carmel bits she had found around the holidays and hers were perfect. I cannot find the bits anywhere. Can anyone let me know where they found some? I live in the Toledo Ohio area.

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Stacy July 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

Amanda,

I made these and they were fantastic! Out-of-the-oven perfection, and I’m definitely a believer in brown butter now! My only concern is how to keep them softer for the following day. Should I add more egg yolk or butter? Or just do like my grandmother and store them with a piece or two of bread?

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Amanda August 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

Hi Stacy! I’ve found that if I store them in an airtight container, I don’t have any problem with them still being soft the next day. Hope this helps!

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debra August 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

OMG! I just got these out of the oven and they are DELISH!!! Thanks for sharing, I think I now have a new favorite!

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noami August 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

so yummmmy so sweet so good so much chocolate i will make these every day

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Heather @ French Press August 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

the pictures alone had me drooling…I can almost smell them baking. This is a must try recipe for sure

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Alison September 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I made these yesterday and they are delicious. Stored them in an airtight container and they are great today as well!

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Danielle September 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I just took these out of the oven. My batter mix was a little darker than yours but it didn’t matter. These cookies are amazing. My new go to cookie! Thanks for posting this recipe.

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Kassie October 16, 2013 at 1:16 am

Does anyone know the yield on these cookies? I’m trying to gauge if I need to double the recipe for an event I’m making these for. Thanks in advance :-)

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Susan Ryan November 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

do you suppose i could make this dough the night before and bake in the morning? your thoughts? and thank you!

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Amanda November 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Yes! It’d be great! :) Happy baking! :)

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Kelly Moore November 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I’m looking all over Kroger for the caramel chips and can not find!! I’m dying to make these!

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Maria November 9, 2013 at 6:34 am

Oh my God. I love you. Truly. Just made this and my family ate half the batch five minutes after it came out of the oven. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing, amazing recipes! I’ve tried three so far and they all were family favorites now.

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Maria November 9, 2013 at 6:39 am

Forgot to mention this particular recipe at all. I omitted the caramel bits and used chopped baking chocolate (don’t have a lot of Nestlé products here). I also reduced the brown sugar by 20 grams and baked them for 20 minutes because I made giant cookies (think nearly discs sizes). Also used coffee essence instead of actual coffee because I don’t want the caffeine. :)

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Diane November 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

I made these yesterday and the taste was just so good but, I have a question. when these were baking they puffed up so nice but when I took them out of the oven they flattened out like pancakes, why? It didn’t take away from the taste but why did they get flat?

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Amanda November 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Diane! If you want the cookies to stay puffy, you can try shaping the dough into balls, then refrigerating overnight. Flatten slightly before baking. Hope this helps! :)

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jen December 2, 2013 at 12:30 am

These were awesome. made them over the weekend for holiday gifts and ended up make a dark chocolate mint cookie to give away instead because neither my husband nor I want to give them up! can’t wait to explore the rest of your blog!

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Teresa January 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Where can I find these caramel bits? I just looked for them in Giant here in Maryland and didn’t see them? Neither did Walmart. Anyone know where I can find them?

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Jamie January 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Great cookies! Sometimes the Carmel bits are surprisingly hard to find. Here in New York you can buy ‘ salted caramel baking chips’ they are pre packaged in containers located in bulk food, at Wegmans. The chips are shaped like chocolate chips and don’t get tough and chewy like the caramel bits. Both are awesome!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

Oh my gosh. I need these cookies!!! All my favorite flavors in one place!

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