Southern Caramel Cake Cookies

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Southern caramel cake cookies on cooling sheet

I’ve seen lots of Skinny Recipes over here lately in preparation for Alyssa’s cruise. And I can’t wait to make some of them myself! But, I’m afraid I’m here to ruin the diet.

These Caramel Cake Cookies are a spin off of my Red Velvet Cake Batter Cookies (my new faves, by the way) which were a spin off of Sally’s Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

It’s a great basic cake mix recipe. For this adaptation, I used Duncan Hines Caramel Cake mix, omitted all of the sprinkles and chunks (although I think pecans would be awesome), drizzled caramel over top, and sprinkled with sea salt.

Oh, yeah. Caramel Cookie heaven 🙂

Southern caramel cake cookies in cooling sheet

Southern Caramel Cake Cookie with Sea Salt
Adapted from: Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Southern Caramel cake cookies

5 from 1 vote
Oh, yeah. Caramel Cookie heaven 🙂
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 Cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups caramel cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 Tbsp. butter softened
  • 6 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 24 Kraft caramels unwrapped
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1-2 tbsp sea salt for sprinkling


  • In a large bowl, mix together together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until creamy.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not OVERMIX the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Scoop by rounded tablespoons of the cold dough onto a a parchment or silicon lined baking sheet. Shape your cookie dough balls to be “taller” than they are wide. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are obviously done. The centers will still appear very soft, but the cookies will set as they cool.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Microwave the caramels and water together for 1 minute (addition time if needed). Drizzle over top of the cookies and sprinkle with sea salt.


Serves: 24

Calories258kcal (13%)Carbohydrates44g (15%)Protein2g (4%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Cholesterol15mg (5%)Sodium567mg (24%)Potassium50mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar27g (30%)Vitamin A106IU (2%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium78mg (8%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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