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Salted Caramel Cookie Cups

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake:10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

When I brought these salty sweet cookies to a potluck, I overheard people talking about how wonderful they were. I'm not sure if it was the cookie, the caramel or the chocolate that they loved best.—Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
Salted Caramel Cookie Cups Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • FILLING:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 36 caramels
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 36 pecan halves, toasted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine cookie mix and flour. Beat in butter and egg until blended. Shape dough into 1-1/4-in. balls; press onto bottom and up sides of greased mini-muffin cups.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, chocolate chips and confectioners' sugar. Place a rounded teaspoon of filling in each cup. Press one caramel into the filling in each cup. Bake until edges are golden brown and caramel is melted, 9-11 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt; top with a pecan half. Cool completely in pan on wire racks.

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