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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 24 Cookies

Oh, yeah. Caramel Cookie heaven 🙂

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 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


  1. In a large bowl, mix together together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until creamy.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not OVERMIX the dough.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. 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.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Microwave the caramels and water together for 1 minute (addition time if needed). Drizzle over top of the cookies and sprinkle with sea salt.
Nutrition Facts
Southern Caramel cake cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 567mg24%
Potassium 50mg1%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 106IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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