New This Month

Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies


Who doesn't buy extra Halloween candy? This year, use some in these festive cookies and throw a party.

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  • Yield: Makes 18

Source: Everyday Food, October 2011


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caramels, such as Kraft (about 20), halved
  • 1 cup roughly chopped assorted miniature chocolate candy bars, such as Mr. Goodbar (about 16)
  • 3/4 cup small button-shaped chocolate candies, such as M&M's, for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and middle thirds. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture in three additions until combined. Beat in vanilla. Fold in caramels and candy bars.

  2. Using a 1/3-cup spring-loaded scoop, drop dough, 2 inches apart, on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven; immediately press candies onto cookies, then rotate sheets and bake until golden around edges and set in centers, about 8 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

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  • MarcusMom
    4 JAN, 2013
    I loved the crushed chocolate candy and the m&m's because it not only tastes yummy but it makes it fun for my kids. The only thing I am going to change is not using caramels. Unless you eat all of them right after they come out of the oven the caramels become hard and difficult to chew.
  • tarheel84
    10 NOV, 2011
    Excellent cookies. The cookies were messy getting them out of the baking sheet. The recipe does not call for cooling the cookies in the baking sheet before taking them out. However, leaving them in the pan for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack helps get the cookies out inone piece. I also found the size of the cookie very large. I used about half of the dough called for each cookie and cooked them for the same amount of time. The cookie is moist, chewy and delicious.