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Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies are EVERYTHING! They are chewy from the oatmeal, sweet from the caramel bits, and salty from the Maldon flake sea salt sprinkled on top. They pair perfectly with a big mug of coffee or a giant cup of chai. This will be your new favorite fall cookie.

I am currently into salted caramel everything. Forget about pumpkin spiced everything (a bit overplayed, dontcha think?) salted caramel is your new BFF. Do you have a sweet tooth or a salt tooth? I have both. Which means if I have a dish of ice cream I will also want a dish of buttery and salty popcorn. It is about balance people. 😉

Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies feature one of my favorite seasonal items… caramel bits. Have you seen them in the stores yet? They are round little balls of caramel. They can be found in the seasonal baking aisle or over by the chocolate chips. Pick up several bags so you can make these cookies all winter long. I am going to have to run to the store this week and stock up since I am planning on baking these for our school’s bake sale.

The caramel bits add such great texture to the cookies. Mostly they melt down into the cookie but occasionally they remain in their little caramel bit ball form which provides an extra chewy texture. My family loved it. Once the cookies were done baking I sprinkled them with a little pinch of Maldon sea salt flakes. If you are lucky you will get a chewy caramel bit and a crunchy sea salt flake in the same bite. Welcome to cookie nirvana.

Tell me what is your favorite fall cookie?

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  1. These look great! I love oatmeal cookies and I love salted caramel. I haven’t seen the caramel bits in stores yet–I’ll have to keep an eye out for those.

    1. The caramel and oatmeal work so well together. Oatmeal cookies aren’t high on my list of favorites but I found myself with a lot of oatmeal given to me from friends and I needed to use up some of my stash.

    1. You’re right, I do! I have the pin it button in my toolbar so it never crossed my mind to have it on my site. Thank you for that Jessica!

  2. I am also into salted caramel everything! I crave salted caramel mochas (both in the frappe and hot versions) all year long! Have you tried the dove dark chocolates filled with sea salted caramel? If not, you need to! They are the perfect afternoon sweet treat. I have a bag in my desk drawer at work. Do NOT tell my coworkers or they will be gone!

    1. Holy moly how have I not heard of them? Probably best for my thighs if I keep on living like I didn’t know they existed 😉

  3. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites, so I’m definitely going to have to try this. By the way, love the photo of cookies in a baking pan. That would be a clever housewarming present for someone (using a new baking dish of course). Love the presentation.

  4. On the advice of a friend, I made these for a church coffee hour…they did not last the hour! I found that a liberal sprinkling of coarse kosher salt worked well in place of the Maldon sea salt flakes.

    1. I am so glad they disappeared quickly. I brought some in to the teacher’s lounge and they were gone before lunch. That is the best compliment 🙂

  5. After trying these at our favorite pizza place (and we paid a hefty price for just one), I came home and found your recipe. Of course I had to order the sea salt flakes but it was worth the wait. They are deliciously scrumptious…

  6. I made these again but this time reduced the caramel to 6 ounces and added Macadamia nuts 2 ounces and White Chocolate Chips 4 ounces.. They were good too!

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