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Melty! Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh my gosh I couldn’t stop eating these cookies! I gave a few to my mom and I was going to give the rest away too, but then… I opened the container they were in to have just one … and then I was like I’ll just have one more … and then there were just too few to give to anyone. Whoops. (wink) … So I kept the rest all for myself.

Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread

The dough is kissed with a little salted caramel hazelnut spread. Oh yes!

Chocolate Wafers

But these jumbo chocolate wafers are what make them so irresistible. I love baking cookies with them. It means melty chocolate in every warm little … or big bite.

dough

Mix up the dough, scoop it onto baking sheets and then… sprinkle the tops with a little sea salt to finish them off.

Cookies!

And then bake…

Melty Chocolate Chip Cookie

Break…

Melty

and bite!

That’s it. I’m done! I just passed out. I think I’ll just need another melty cookie to revive me.

Yield: Two dozen cookies

Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 16 oz. semisweet chocolate baking wafers
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt together with a wire whisk.
  3. In a mixer, cream butter, sugars, and hazelnut spread until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Add flour and mix on low until incorporated.
  6. Stir in chocolate wafers. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  7. Scoop dough onto parchment paper about two inches apart and sprinkle tops with sea salt.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy while melty.

Notes

The wafers are made by E. Guittard and the salted caramel hazelnut spread is made by Jif.

Update: I accidentally left out the step where you add the flour to the recipe. It’s in there now (#5). : )

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67 comments on “Melty! Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. Hi, is this light brown sugar or dark brown?

  2. First, just feedback regarding directions. Since this dough has to chill for 30 minutes, I think the first step being to preheat the oven is premature. Secondly, if anyone out there is wondering where to get wafers, Ghirardelli brand should be easily available at your local WalMart or Kroger. They come in 12 ounce bags, (or two pounds, I think at Sams Club). I bought two, but after pouring the first bag, (12 oz), in, it really looked like it would be plenty if you don’t want to spring for the other bag. Also, the bags say dark melting wafers and that almost scared me off, but I this is just their way to differentiate them from the white because it isn’t bitter and gross -IMO-like actual dark chocolate.

  3. Can I use regular ch chips?

  4. Two questions: 1. Guittard disks come in 10 oz. packages, so you add 1 pkg plus 6 more ounces? 2. What size scoop do you use since you only get 2 dozen cookies out of the whole batch?

    So happy I discovered this recipe. Missed it when you posted it last year. The spread is so yummy!

  5. Yum i love hazelnut, these sound delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

  6. On a whim I used salt flakes, used all the other ingredients as written. I took them to work & my colleagues can’t stop talking about these cookies! I think one said he wanted to take them (yes, the cookies) out on a date. Lol The cookies were good but the flakes sealed the deal! Try it, you won’t regret it.

  7. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT try the salted caramel hazelnut spread before you take what you need for the cookies! LOL! Dear Lord that stuff is good! Thanks for the recipe share!

  8. I made these this weekend. Best cookies ever!! I don’t think I can make plain chocolate chip cookies again after tasting these! Thanks for the recipe!!

  9. You can buy the Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread on Amazon.com.

  10. SUper recipe.. i loved it..

  11. These are fantastic, I’ve made them twice already. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. In the emailed recipe you forgot to list the step to add the dry ingredients! ????

  13. These look delicious!! I cannot wait to make these and try them.

  14. I haven’t seen this salted caramel hazelnut spread. I’ll have to keep my eyes out!

  15. These are amazing, by the way. I also think the salted caramel hazelnut spread would make an amazing topping for vanilla ice cream.

  16. These looks SO GOOD! What size cookie scoop did you use?

    Thanks!

  17. Could not find the salted caramel hazelnut spread so I just used Nutella & chopped up some caramel squares (1/2 cup) & mixed everything together, following the recipe. The caramel made soft gooey spots all throughout the cookie. These were so moist & delicious. I am making more tonight!

  18. I can’t wait to make these cookies.

  19. I love chocolate ice cream alone or vanilla with warm brownies and chocolate fugdge either in a bowl or a yummy waffle cone!

  20. Crud, forgot to say salted burnt caramel in a bowl, with a spoon. Nothing between me and the rich, smooth, complex flavor

  21. This cookies looks amazing and so irresistible!!! I will be trying this maybe tomorrow for Fathers day special :)
    Thanks for the share!

  22. I just made these. Absolutely amazing!!!

  23. Oh my god…I am drooling just looking and thinking about how AMAZING these cookies would taste like!

  24. I made these today. very very tasty. had to use Nutella b/c my local store didn’t have the Jif. Color was darker but the taste is yummy.

  25. Oh, wow! I did it … gave up my traditional birthday pound cake and made these instead! Totally love them! Going out tomorrow to buy the next box of G.uittard wafers to make another batch to give away this week. Thank you, Bakerella, these are great!

  26. oh my goodness!!! I love these cookies!!

  27. I had a hard time tracking down the Jif- in Houston,
    Walmart is the only spot that has it. But, I’m glad that I did both for these cookies, but also as another commenter said, for dipping pretzels- amazing! Also, I think the secret to thin flat cookies is to whip the butter and sugar to death. Aerate it, essentially, so the dough spreads out when baked.

  28. Made these and they were a HIT! And that salted caramel hazelnut spread is awesome with pretzels.

  29. These look delicious and to die for omgsh I want them !!

    christycee.blogspot.ca 

  30. What amount of dough do you use?

  31. Salty caramel hazelnuttiness aside, I’ve been having so much trouble getting my regular chocolate chip cookies nice and thin and flat like these. I notice that most of this recipe is the same as the standard Tollhouse, except the oven is 350, not 375. Is that the secret…?

  32. Love this combination! I need to find those jumbo chocolate wafers!

  33. YUM. These look amazing…I am in love!

  34. Oh my, these look divine! I LOVE sea salt with chocolate :)

  35. Wow. There goes the 37 lbs I have lost. . . . lol

  36. I’m sad to say I would’ve hoarded these babies myself too! Love!!!

  37. I just cooked this cookies and tried.
    Very tasty! thank you! :)

  38. Bakerella this cookies look divine!!!! I am in South Africa we have nutella but I have never seen the salty caramel huzlenut spread or the chocolate wafers. I really love huzlenuts what could I use to replace it?

  39. This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week. :D

  40. Hello great baker:-)

    Yummi, Looks delicius, love caramel, nuts and chokolate:-)

    Have you seen theese lovely cupcakes:
    http://mariahoffbeck.blogspot.dk/2014/06/citroncupcakes-med-anis-bolcher-og.html

    Enjoy the day.
    Tanja, Denmark

  41. Not even kidding…my mouth watered looking at your photos! All that melty goodness?? Gimme some!! Now if only a batch of these would appear without me having to get out of bed…

  42. Caramel hazelnut spread?!!? I’m in love!

  43. Great post. Love salted caramel
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

  44. Omgeee this looks so gooooddd!!

    http://www.glamgypsy.bigcartel.com

  45. Yummm!!!!..
    One tiny question: is it possible to replace de salted caramel spread with nutella? I can’t get the spread you used here in Perú :(

    Thanks!

  46. OMG they look soooo delicious. Definitely going to try these. I think the salt will make these even more delicious. and how can you go wrong with more chocolate? Love ur blog :*

  47. My birthday tradition is to make mine own cake (old-fashioned pound cake) in the same cake pan in which my grandmother baked my birthday cake. That said, when my birthday rolls around this Saturday, I may have to throw tradition out the window; these look AB-FAB!

  48. booooo I haven’t seen salted caramel hazelnut spread here in Ontario yet :( but I’m going to keep my eyes peeled because I NEEEEEEEEED to make these cookies! <3 nom nom nom!

  49. Vaya pecado de galletas! Si empiezo con una swguro que no puedo parar!

  50. GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Also – that being said … don’t skip the sea salt. It’s like sprinkling magic on them.

  52. Thanks Marta –

    And Tracy and Angela – Yes it’s a Jif product you can get at the grocery store. I listed it in the recipe notes.

    Also a couple of places you can get the chocolate wafers are at Williams-Sonoma and the Fresh Market.

    I’ll add that I don’t think the flavor from the hazelnut spread isn’t that strong when baked, but it does make the cookie a little extra special. You can also use nutella.

  53. These cookies stopped me in my tracks and rocked my world!!!

  54. The #8 note in the recipe says the spread is from Jif. :)

  55. I have the same question as Tracy (post 10) I’ve never heard of caramel hazelnut spread… What’s the brand that you used?

  56. OOOMMMGGG! Me want it!… Yummy, yummy. Looks sooo delicious. Gracias por esta receta! I made this for my boy!

  57. One – these cookies look fantastic! Love the melty chocolate chips. Two – where does one find caramel chocolate hazelnut spread? What’s the brand? Thank you!

  58. These look divine.

  59. These look gorgeous… hazelnut, caramel, chocolate wafers, yum! I think I would leave out the salt thought, as I’m not a big fan of sweet & salty.

  60. *Heads to the store to get Salted Caramel Hazelnut spread.*

  61. OMG chocolate, salt and hazelnut ?!?! :D OMNOMNOMNOM

  62. I want em’ NOWW!! They are like crumbly chocolate pockets of goo. All hazlenutty and buttery. To bake or not to bake today…? That is the question. Fab, fab recipe :)

  63. If I were to make these cookies as food gifts, I seriously doubt that they would even make it out of the kitchen! These look so incredibly delicious, I think I need 134657 of these!

  64. Omg…. These will be the main attraction at my party, The Great Cookie Swap!

  65. Love, love love baking with chocolate wafers. After using them, can never go back to chocolate chips!

  66. sea salt, caramel and chocolate.. that sounds heavenly! i love hoes you used the large chocolate wafers – more smooth chocolate to love!

  67. Salted Caramel hazelnut spread! You have just rocked my world! (But I wish I had seen this before going to the grocery store today)

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