Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

Fudgy red velvet cookies are full of chocolate chips and gooey caramel! These caramel stuffed red velvet cookies are the perfect treat to make for Valentine’s Day!

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com - the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

There are only 5 days until Valentines Day! Do you have fun plans? I’ve actually never really been that into Valentine’s Day – but I do like any excuse I can get to bake delicious and festive treats. There is just something about heart shaped sprinkles that makes any baked good taste better! Like Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies. Sure these fudgy chocolatey cookies stuffed with ooey gooey caramel and melty chocolate chips would taste amazing on their own – but the Valentine’s sprinkles just make them so darn cute!!  So I guess I liked – I am into Valentine’s Day.  :)

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com - the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com - the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

I was inspired to make these red velvet cookies by these beauties that I made last Valentine’s Day. They are one of the most popular recipes on my blog! So I decided to make a good thing even better and stuff the red velvet cookies full of caramel!! There is nothing better than biting into a warm cookie when the center is full of melty caramel. Heaven. Especially when said cookie is a red velvet chocolate chip cookie. Oh yes.

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com - the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com - the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

I used square caramel candies for the center of my caramel stuffed red velvet cookies. I cut them in half to spread out the caramel goodness a bit in the cookie. You could use rolo candies for a meltier caramel center – like I did in these cookies. Caramel candies harden when they cool whereas the Rolos stay slightly melty. Although I enjoy the harder texture of the caramel, you can always pop the cookies into the microwave for a few seconds to get that melty texture back.

To decorate these cookies, you need to roll the dough balls in sprinkles before baking them.  Otherwise, they won’t stick!  Make sure to get some sprinkles on the side of the dough balls too.  If you want to add a little extra chocolate prettiness, press a few chocolate chips onto the tops of the cookies right when they come out of the oven. That is one of my favorite tips for making cookies look amazing!

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com - the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com - the perfect treat for Valentine's Day!

What are you baking for Valentine’s Day?

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel Stuffed Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fudgy red velvet cookies are full of chocolate chips and gooey caramel! These caramel stuffed red velvet cookies are the perfect treat to make for Valentine's Day!

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature.
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2.5 teaspoons red food coloring (liquid or gel)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, (plus a few extra for after baking if desired)
  • 18 caramel candies, cut in half (or 18 Rolo candies, whole)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the brown and white sugar and mix until well combined, scraping down sides as needed. Add the egg and beat until well combined, then beat in the vanilla. Mix in the food coloring.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  6. Scoop the dough in 1.5 tablespoon mounds. Make an indent in each mound and add 2 caramel halves (totaling one candy) to the center of each dough ball. Form the dough around the caramel and roll dough into a ball. Make sure all the caramel is covered by cookie dough. Place 9 cookies on each cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. If desired, press decorative sprinkles into the tops and sides of the dough balls.
  7. Bake for 10 - 11 minutes. If the cookies don’t spread all the way, gently press on the warm cookies with the back of a spatula to slightly flatten. If desired, place a few chocolate chips on top of the warm cookies.
  8. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

http://chezcateylou.com/caramel-stuffed-red-velvet-cookies/

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  1. says

    I’m dying over how delicious and decadent these look! Great tip re: pressing chocolate chips on top when the cookies come out of the oven. The melty chocolate looks amazing in these photos, that molten caramel middle is calling my name, and how darn cute are the sprinkles?! These are perfect for every day, never mind Valentines!

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