Soft Caramel Snickerdoodles Recipe (2024)

I am a huge snickerdoodle fan, but add a little caramel in there, and I am in heaven. These Soft Caramel Snickerdoodles are so easy to make and taste amazing. If you are looking for a new cookie recipe, this is one I highly recommend.

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I have always loved snickerdoodle cookies, but when you put a gooey caramel in the middle as a little surprise, you take it to a whole new level.

Every day when we would get home from school, our mom would have an after school snack ready for us. Some days it was fruit, or vegetables, or crackers, but some days, she would have warm cookies for us.

Those were always the best days. My favorites were Snickerdoodles, but I bet these would have been my favorite if we had known about them back them.

That little touch of soft melted caramel is so yummy and so easy to add.

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These cookies definitely didn’t disappoint! They were soft and chewy – the way a snickerdoodle should be, but that gooey caramel in the middle sent them over the top.

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  • Really any pre made and packaged caramel you find at the store would work for this recipe, but I prefer using Kraft caramels.
  • They are the perfect shape, and they melt nicely in these bad boys.
  • We have also made these cookies using Rolo candies and they were also delicious and super easy to press into the cookie dough.


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Serves: 30

Soft Caramel Snickerdoodles Recipe

I am a huge snickerdoodle fan, but add a little caramel in there, and I am in heaven. These Soft Caramel Snickerdoodles are so easy to make and taste amazing.

Prep Time 25 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 35 minutes mins



  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • cup sugar divided
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 12 soft caramels quartered


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream together the butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until smooth. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the cinnamon. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Make an impression in the top of each cookie with your thumb and place 2 caramel pieces in each cookie. Pinch the top closed and roll the dough into a ball around the caramel. Roll the cookies in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly crisp. You want the centers to still be soft. Let cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Calories: 171 kcal · Carbohydrates: 26 g · Protein: 2 g · Fat: 7 g · Saturated Fat: 4 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 27 mg · Sodium: 106 mg · Potassium: 52 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 16 g · Vitamin A: 207 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 24 mg · Iron: 1 mg

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Recipe source: I Heart Naptime Cookbook

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