Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

LAST UPDATED: May 19, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 23, 2016 | By: Julie Blanner

These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies are a thick, soft, chewy sugar cookie, topped with a beautiful pool of salted caramel icing! You can easily make a batch in just 20 minutes and they are perfect for cookie exchanges!

Sugar cookies with salted caramel icing on a baking sheet

When I think fall, salted caramel immediately comes to mind. Maybe it’s the candy apples my mom always gave us for a special treat as we approached the season or that my salt craving goes up as the temperature goes down, but I can’t get enough of it.

I baked you a thick, soft, chewy sugar cookie, topped with a beautiful pool of salted caramel icing to kick off fall in the name of Fall Cookie Week with my friend Michael of Inspired by Charm. You can catch up here. But for now, let’s talk about these Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies.

To Make These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies, You Will Need: 

  • Butter – Salted, softened for a smooth texture.
  • Vegetable Oil – Two forms of oil in this recipe give them a melt in your mouth texture.
  • Brown Sugar – This ingredient gives them the caramel flavor and makes them stand out among traditional sugar cookies.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar, it’s fine texture is synonymous with sugar cookies.
  • VanillaHomemade Vanilla or store bought, a hint adds rich flavor.
  • Eggs – Large eggs, organic when possible.
  • Flour – All purpose, no need to sift.
  • Salt – Brings out all the other flavors in baking.
  • Baking Soda – The leavening agent in these cookies that make them rise to perfection.
  • Cream of Tartar – This ingredient increases the volume while keeping them light and bright.

Now let’s talk about the icing! A blend of ingredients makes a smooth, delicious pool that floods these cookies with flavor.

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Brown Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Salt
  • VanillaSalted Caramel iced sugar cookies on a baking sheet ready to eat

How to Make Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies:

These cookies are so much easier than you’d anticipate. No fussy details, just a simple sugar cookie and some icing.

  • Combine butter, oil, sugars, water and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add in eggs and mix until just combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  • Gradually blend dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Refrigerate dough 30 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • On a lined cookie sheet, drop large {golf ball size} dough balls and press with a small greased glass, followed by a spoon to make a pool for the icing.
  • Bake 8 minutes.

For the icing:

  • Cream butter, milk, sugars, vanilla and salt.
  • Using a teaspoon, fill the baked sugar cookies.Making an indent in a cookie with a measuring spoon

How Do You Know When The Cookies Are Done?

The most important thing to remember when baking sugar cookies is to not over bake, so watch them carefully as each oven can vary slightly and you’ll be rewarded with crave-able cookies. When ready, the cookies will be set and no longer appear soft, you can test them by gently touching them with a spatula to see if they are firm.

Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies Are Always Popular!

Why do I call them salted caramel sugar cookies? Because that’s how our friends and family {my market research team} described them when they took a bite.

The slightly salty brown sugar icing is the perfect compliment. So go ahead, try them for yourself and let me know what you think!

Spooning the icing on to the cookies

Iced Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar cookies are pretty near perfect by themsleves, but topped with a salted caramel icing and I’m in heaven! I’m an avid fan of sweet and salty treats, like my Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce, and I love how this icing pairs so well with a basic sugar cookie.

The iced sugar cookies ready to go in the oven

Top Tips for Making Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

  • Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes before forming the cookies.
  • When mixing the wet and dry ingredients, blend them gradually.
  • Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Let the cookies cool completely before icing them.

Watch the video in this post to see how easy it is to make Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

Close up of a salted caramel iced sugar cookie

Just one more day of Fall Cookie Week! Michael and I have 2 more recipes for you. I hope you enjoy these salted caramel sugar cookies as much as we all do. Now it’s time to visit Inspired by Charm for his Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bars. Seriously. You can find all of my recipes here.

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  • WP Recipe Maker #56015removeClassic lofthouse style sugar cookies with salted caramel icing Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies Amazing salted caramel sugar cookie recipe – a soft sugar cookie base with a brown sugar caramel icing that will be the hit of your next cookie exchange! Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Keyword: caramel, caramel sugar cookies, chewy brown sugar cookies, christmas cookies, cookie exchange, cookies, easy dessert, easy recipe, fall, salted caramel sugar cookies, thumbprint cookies, thumbprints Prep Time: 10m Cook Time: 8m Total Time: 18m Servings: 36 Author: <a href=”https://julieblanner.com/aboutjulie/” target=”_self”>Julie Blanner</a> – 1 c salted butter softened – 3/4 c vegetable oil – 1 1/4 c brown sugar packed – 1 c powdered sugar – 2 tsp vanilla – 2 Tbsp water – 2 eggs room temperature – 6 c flour – 1 tsp salt – 1/2 tsp baking soda – 1/2 tsp cream of tartar ICING: – 2 Tbsp butter softened – 3 Tbsp milk – 1/2 c brown sugar packed – 1 c powdered sugar – 1/4 tsp salt – 1 tsp vanilla 1) Combine butter, oil, sugars, water and vanilla until smooth. 2) Add in eggs and mix until just combined. 3) In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. 4) Gradually blend dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Refrigerate dough 30 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees. 5) On a lined cookie sheet, drop large {golf ball size} dough balls and press with a small greased glass, followed by a spoon to make a pool for the icing. 6) Bake 8 minutes. 7) For the icing: 8) Cream butter, milk, sugars, vanilla and salt. 9) Using a teaspoon, fill the baked sugar cookies. potassium 50 vitamin_a 193 calcium 16 iron 1 calories 238 carbohydrates 33 protein 3 fat 11 saturated_fat 7 cholesterol 24 sodium 157 fiber 1 sugar 17  
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