Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Nov 01, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 23, 2016 | By:

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.

You are going to love this thick, soft, chewy sugar cookie, topped with a beautiful pool of salted caramel icing. They’re one of my favorite fall cookie recipes!

But for now, let’s talk about these Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies.

  • 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.

Icing Ingredients

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 thumbprint sugar cookie topped icing!

  1. Combine Wet Ingredients – Combine butter, oil, sugars, water and vanilla until smooth. Add in eggs and mix until just combined.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients – In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  3. Mix and Chill Dough – Gradually blend dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Refrigerate dough 30 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Make Thumbprint Cookies – 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. Making an indent in a cookie with a measuring spoon
  5. Make Icing – Cream butter, milk, sugars, vanilla and salt.
  6. Fill – Using a teaspoon, fill the baked sugar cookies.

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.

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

Sugar cookies are pretty near perfect by themselves, 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

Tips

  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes before forming the cookies.
  • Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
  • Let the cookies cool before icing them.
Close up of a salted caramel iced sugar cookie

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Classic lofthouse style sugar cookies with salted caramel icing

Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies

Author: Julie Blanner
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!
4.79 from 33 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients
  

Icing

  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine butter, oil, sugars, water and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add eggs and mix until just combined.
  • In a medium mixing 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°F.
  • On a parchment lined cookie sheet, drop large (golf ball size) dough balls and press with a small greased glass to flatten and use the back of a spoon to make a pool for the icing.
  • Bake 8 minutes.

Icing

  • Cream butter, milk, sugars, vanilla and salt until creamy.
  • Using a teaspoon, fill the baked sugar cookies.

Video

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories:238kcalCarbohydrates:33gProtein:3gFat:11gSaturated Fat:7gCholesterol:24mgSodium:157mgPotassium:50mgFiber:1gSugar:17gVitamin A:193IUCalcium:16mgIron:1mg
4.79 from 33 votes
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