Sea Salt Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Our favorite EVER cookie! Snag one of these warm, salted caramel-stuffed snickerdoodles hot outta the oven and you’ll agree that they’re absolutely irresistible.

Sea Salt Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles – Our favorite EVER cookie! They’re so easy, gooey and absolutely irresistible! |

You guys. I don’t even have words. I mean, there are lots of words below, so I guess I do have some words. But you know what I’m saying, right? Right.

Snickerdoodles were my favorite cookies to begin with, but stuffing them with gooey, chocolate-coated caramel? Well, that’s just taken it over the top!

So, what did I do with these warm, buttery cookies hot out of the oven? I ate one and obliterated the roof of my mouth, and to console myself, I ate another. Then before I Hulk-ed out and demolished more delicious cookies, I stuffed them into baggies and flung them on my friends’ front porches. Goodbye, cookies – you will tempt me no more! They’re just lucky they grabbed them before I came back with a change of heart! Hehe.

Sea Salt Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles – Our favorite EVER cookie! They’re so easy, gooey and absolutely irresistible! |

You see, when a cookie is THIS good I lose all sense of right and wrong. I just know it’s “right” to give them away as little gifts to friends. Right? What my friends don’t know is, they’re actually helping me out. Thanks, guys – enjoy your cookies!

These puppies are soft as pillows, sugary sweet and slightly salty, and absolutely irresistible warmed up in the microwave. The ooey-gooey caramel spills out of the centers, and combined with the spicy cinnamon, it’s a fall treat worthy of any bake sale or back-to-school event.

Sea Salt Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles – Our favorite EVER cookie! They’re so easy, gooey and absolutely irresistible! |

In working with McCormick Spices to create the perfect cookie, I knew I wanted it to be an easy, fun twist on a traditional cookie that could really please a crowd. I think these are totally a fall-inspired treat that everyone would love, what about you?

On the bake sale table, cookies and brownies have always been the big favorite, and the McCormick Kitchens have created lots of unique cookie and brownie recipes. They even came up with a jaw-dropping “Crownie” that combines the two – you’ve gotta see it to believe it! Putting a tasty spin on baked treats doesn’t have to be hard. Try adding a minty flavored extract to brownie mix, or sprinkle some chili powder into your best chocolate cookie recipe.

Oh yes, I definitely see a Mexican Hot Chocolate cookie in my future! Nom nom.

Sea Salt Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles – Our favorite EVER cookie! They’re so easy, gooey and absolutely irresistible! |

Make your treats the talk of the table with these simple, super soft snickerdoodles with caramel and sea salt! They are just SO GOOD, and after one bite you’ll see what I mean. I guarantee that you’ll love these cookies, and anyone you enjoy them with will agree – just remember to share!

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Sea Salt Caramel-Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Yield: Makes about 35 cookies


1/4 cup granulated sugar, for cinnamon-sugar topping

1 tablespoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

5 packages of Rolo chocolate-caramel candies (about 35)

Coarse sea salt, such as kosher or fleur de sel


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. For the cinnamon-sugar mixture, combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and butter at medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Sift flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt into mixing bowl. With mixer on low, mix until thoroughly combined. Working 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, roll dough into balls, placing a single Rolo inside each ball of dough. Roll dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 7-8 minutes. The cookies should look raw between the cracks and seem underdone.  Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Adapted from Babble

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and provided product by McCormick, but all opinions are my own.


84 Responses to “Sea Salt Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 28, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    Caramel stuffed snickerdoodles?! I think I’ll be dreaming of these tonight! :)

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 28, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    Oh good lord that looks so dreamy! And I love the caramel oozing out of that cookie. Delicious recipe Georgia and pinning!

  3. #
    cquek — August 28, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    so artistically Beautiful!

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    Jamie@Milk N Cookies — August 28, 2013 @ 4:23 am

    What a creative idea! I love snickerdoodles and I can only imagine how much more delicious they must taste with the addition of caramel.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 28, 2013 @ 5:32 am

    Oh, my stars! Georgia, your Snickerdoodles look out-of-this-world delish! Definitely a job well done for McCormick Spices in creating the perfect cookie. Snickerdoodles never looked so divine. Beautiful styling and photography, too. Pinning everywhere!

  6. #
    Teresa Blackburn — August 28, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    What a great idea to fill this much-loved cookie with caramel! Yum.

  7. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — August 28, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    I kind of want to die over how good these cookies look… I mean, it seems unfair to look at them and not have ten to eat right now! Once I get my oven back, I’m absolutely whipping these up. Because holy moly. :)

  8. #
    Erika — August 28, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    OH MY LAWD! Georgia… Those cookies look incredible..

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 28, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    You “lose all sense of right and wrong?” LOL My new excuse!!

    These cookies look amazing!

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    Tieghan — August 28, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    oh my gosh, oh my gosh!! Incredible!! Your snickdoodles look so soft and pillow and the caramel center!! WOW! So amazing and I mean I was excited for fall before, but now? I just want it to be here so I can make dozens of these cookies!

  11. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 28, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    These are snickerdoodles on happy drugs! haha love these!

  12. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 28, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    These cookies look scrumptious! The caramel filling is the killer!

  13. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 28, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Oh these little doodles look incredible!! Now I need some caramel apple cider to go along side! Yay fall!!!

  14. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 28, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    I have this Snickerdoodle crazed 11-year old in my house. He is not going to know what hit him when I make these for him!

  15. #
    tahnycooks — August 28, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    I’ve never had such a strong urge to eat my computer screen before! These might be the best looking cookie I’ve seen in a while! Super delicious! Pinning!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 28, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Oh how I know that roof-of-mouth scalding from the fresh cookie! And yet, I do it every time! I must. It’s part of my reward as the baker :-) I see these little pillows of cinnamon, caramel goodness in my future this fall!

  17. #
    Christina — August 28, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    I believe you!! These really look too good to be true. I love snickerdoodles, my favorite way to eat them is to spread a thin layer of biscoff on top, but I don’t think these would need that! Can’t wait to make them!

  18. #
    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — August 28, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Wow these look fab. I’m crushing hard on salted caramel or salt on any dessert, so these are making my mouth water!

  19. #
    Shashi @ — August 28, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Oh Gawwwsh! I don’t think I can handle looking at these cookies any longer – they look simply divine!

  20. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 28, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    This might be the most amazing cookie I’ve ever seen. HOLY YUM.

  21. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 28, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Oh. my. word. I am dying over these right now, Georgia! They look out of this world!!

  22. #
    Monica — August 28, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    That is a showstopper. Any cookie with an oozing filling like that is going to grab my attention! It is totally worth obliterating the roof of your mouth over!

  23. #
    Eileen — August 28, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    What a great idea mixing caramel with snickerdoodles – yum!

  24. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 28, 2013 @ 10:00 am I want these cookies sooooooooo baaaaaaaaaaaaaad….. Love the photo but the gooey caramel – swoooooooon!!! PINNED!!!

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    Eat Good 4 Life — August 28, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Holly smokes these look awesome. That melted caramel looks fantastic. I have never made snickerdoodles before but I think I shall. I will probably do myself a favor :-)

  26. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 28, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    Best take on snickerdoodles ever! I’m in love with these cookies!

  27. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — August 28, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    I love gooey caramel – what great cookies! I am ready for cinnamon and fall baking!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — August 28, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Georgia, these snickerdoodles are perfection! That caramel oozing out and the sea salt just make these look even more irresistible. The spicy cinnamon looks like it would just warm me up inside and out.

  29. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 28, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    BEST looking snickerdoodles ever!! Love that you stuffed them full of caramel goodness!

  30. #
    Jett Whitfield — August 28, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    OMGosh these look so good! Definitely on my “to-do” list! I had to share this one on Twitter.

  31. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 28, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    That oozing caramel has me totally sold!

  32. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 28, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Oh, these look incredible! What an amazing idea for a cookie!

  33. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — August 28, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Ohhh my goodness, I wish I could just grab these straight from the screen! They look amazing!

  34. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — August 28, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    These look super amazing! Love how you stuffed these with caramel!

  35. #
    Ash-foodfashionparty — August 28, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    You are seriously tempting us and what’s even more crazy is we are not your neighbors. The filling and cookie is serious goodness right there and your picture tell a story.

  36. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 28, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    These look so good I can practically taste them!

  37. #
    Asmita — August 28, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Love these! Cannot get over how the caramel is oozing out of the cookies.

  38. #
    cassie — August 28, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    I love snickerdoodles and I love sea salted caramel…I’m in trouble with these. So gorgeous, Georgia!

  39. #
    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — August 28, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    What fun working with McCormicks! I stuffed a snickerdoodle once a while back but lost the flavor of my stuffing somehow. Now a Rolo in each one is brilliant.. and it would be hard not to scarf done a whole of those since that is my favorite chocolate bar:D

  40. #
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — August 28, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    I need to move next door.

  41. #
    john@kitchenriffs — August 28, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    Great pictures! And great cookie – these sound simply amazing. A+ on these – thanks.

  42. #
    Becki's Whole Life — August 28, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    Wow – these look absolutely ridiculous! Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies so I can only imagine with sea salt and caramel stuffed inside does!

  43. #
    easyfoodsmith — August 29, 2013 @ 2:38 am

    It is always great being at your blog space. I always find your baked goodies so amazing…almost comforting good if I may say so. The pic with the caramel oozing from the snickerdoodle is making me drool :-P

  44. #
    Kumar's Kitchen — August 29, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    words just can’t justify these yummy cookies enough,one bite and its rich melt in mouth taste gets obvious :-)

  45. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 29, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    Amazing, Georgia. Simply AMAZING. I’ve been dying to make a cookie like this for ages. My mom used to put caramel in our snickerdoodles and it was always the best treat after school. The sea salt though – puts them over the top!!

  46. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — August 29, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    These cookies look unreal! So amazing. Your pictures are gorgeous too!

  47. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — August 29, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    I have a pack of mini Rolos taunting me every day, tempting me to eat them all. I should just bake these!

  48. #
    Paula — August 29, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I wish my front porch was on your route :)

  49. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 29, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    I wish that I had found a bag of these on my steps!! Wow oh Wow! I love all things caramel so I know I would have been in love with these!

  50. #
    Maria G. — August 29, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I`ve been looking for a unique recipe of cookies and I came across this page. I must say that they look very appetizing and the recipe is very unique. I also like to experiment with standard recipes adding some new ingredients but I doubt as for adding salt into this recipe or is it worth trying?

    • Georgia — August 29th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      The salty sweetness is subtle, but I think the salt adds a great extra “something” to these cookies! Maybe try sprinkling it on a few and leaving others without it. You’re welcome to leave it out altogether if you wish.

  51. #
    honeywhatscooking — August 29, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    omg, you had me at sea salt… that picture with the caramel oozing out is lethal. SO GOOD!

  52. #
    Dina — August 29, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    those look delish!

  53. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 29, 2013 @ 1:42 pm


    This post. Oh my gosh.


    Absolutely love the pictures, but especially that first one! So so pretty.

    And snickerdoodles with caramel?! Oh my word. Dying.

  54. #
    Nik@ABrownTable — August 29, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Can i say how pretty and delicate those cookies look, They remind of soft tender pillows, as always great photos!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — August 29, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    oh goodness, how perfect! i made snickerdoodle bars last night for friends who just had a baby…next time i’ll have to add a caramel layer. yum!

  56. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — August 29, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    Ooooh! What a wonderful surprise in this cookie!! YUM!

  57. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 30, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    This post just cracked me up. Hey, that’s what friends are for, right? To eat your left over cookies so you won’t be tempted by their gooey insides. Thank goodness for friends. I am forever pawning off food on them so I won’t eat it all by myself. These look beyond amazing. You’re right… There are no words.

  58. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 30, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    How delicious caramel is coming out from the cookies!!! Love the sea salt in the cookies, it gives just enough kick!

  59. #
    Ramona — August 30, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Drool… that caramel is just calling my name!! What cool way to jazz up a snickerdoodle!

  60. #
    Kathy — August 30, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies! I can’t wait to try your stuffed version!

  61. #
    Patty — August 30, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to keep these cookies in my kitchen-those baggies would be flying out the door in every direction-that’s for sure!!!!

  62. #
    Bill — September 1, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Georgia, you’re killin’ me. I’ve been making so many desserts this summer and I have to get a little willpower. However, with that said, I’m AM making these cookies! They look amazing! Excellent post. Thanks for a great recipe!

  63. #
    Jaclyn — September 2, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    These look amazing! I’m going to dream about that close up photo, love it!

  64. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — September 2, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    I love a good snickerdoodle and this one looks like an amazing one!

  65. #
    Rosa — September 3, 2013 @ 1:36 am

    OMG, what a decadent treat! Those snickerdoodles are terrific. I bet they are quite addictive.



  66. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 3, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    ohmyheavens I can’t stop looking at these

  67. #
    Kiran @ — September 3, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Caramel stuffed snickerdoodles?!? Oh my gosh!!!

  68. #
    Karen Michaelson — September 3, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    Sinful. These will be part of my Christmas cookies to make list.

  69. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 3, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    When I made my caramel-stuffed snickerdoodles, they were gone within minutes! And by now, my family is totally desensitized to what I make, so that’s saying something :) these look SO perfect, Georgia! I seriously cannot resist the combination of caramel and cinnamon. It’s my favorite!

  70. #
    Jeremy Norton — September 8, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    This is something new for me. Looks like the kids will love this.

  71. #
    Ginny Connell — September 22, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    My dough is too soft & gooey to work with…and yes, I followed the recipe directions. Can you help?

    • Georgia — September 23rd, 2013 @ 9:03 am

      Sorry to hear you had a rough time with the dough, Ginny. Typically when a cookie dough is sticky/gooey it’s because melted or too-soft butter was used. Was yours at room temperature before you started baking?

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    Jenny — September 23, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    What size rolos did you use? I bought a bag of the classic size and they seem like they would be too big in a dough ball…Did you use the mini size?

    • Georgia — September 23rd, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

      Yes, use the standard sized Rolos, not minis. Because you’re using 1 Tbsp. of dough around the Rolo, it isn’t too large.

  73. #
    Jenny — September 23, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    Thank you for replying so fast. Love the recipe!! I went out and bought Rolos today after seeing those pictures!

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    Mima — September 25, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    I LOVE these cookies. Followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of adding pieces of kinder egg and eliminating the salt in some of the cookies. Made two batches in four days. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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    Jenny — September 26, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    Hi! My cookies came out really flat while yours look nice and thick. Any reason for that? I wish I could attach a photo because one of the cookies, the rolo is even exposed even after I chilled the dough.

    • Georgia — September 26th, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

      I’m sorry they didn’t turn out like you hoped, Jenny! Might you have used too-soft/melted butter or expired ingredients? I didn’t instruct to chill the dough, so it might have had something to do with that, too.

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    Suzanne — October 3, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Yes, I agree with the previous posts that stated the dough was very soft and sticky. I too chilled the dough prior and it made forming the cookies much more manageable. Cookies came out flat – not as pretty as in the picture, but boy oh boy are they yummy.

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    Chelsea — October 11, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    These cookies were great. I took them to school and one of my brothers friends told me they were the best damn cookies he has ever had. I did substitute some things though. Instead of using baking soda I put 2 tsp. of baking powder to give the cookies a softer cake like consistency. Then I also added a little more vanilla. Turned out awesome.

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    Heidi — October 13, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    I baked these as a gift for a friend’s birthday, and she loved them! Snickerdoodles are her favorite, and these cookies definitely made a great impression. Absolutely, decadently delicious!! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Deborah — December 1, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Amazing. I thought I used a great snickerdoodle recipe, but after making these, I can just throw the old away! Definitely recommend making these the size stated because they turn out flatter if ball of dough is bigger. Also I put dough in fridge for a bit so it’s easier to work with. My new fav cookies. Thank you!

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    Kristen — May 11, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    I know this is an old post but it’s a new one for me, found it on Pinterest! I just wanted to say I made these for mother’s day yesterday and they were a huge hit at both the parties I went to! Thanks so much for a great recipe!

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