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Caramel Cookie Cups

Are you ready for a little piece of caramel heaven? These Caramel Cookie Cups are that and then some! They are sinfully sweet with a creamy smooth caramel filling and surrounded by a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie cup. All that amazing flavour fits into the palm of your hand. 

caramel cookie cups on a white surface

Rich, decadent, and downright addictive is what you will find with these cookie cups. If you are a fan of sweets this recipe is one that is easy to whip up. 

I used Pillsbury refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough. I wish my stores carried more variety. All we have here is the chocolate chip. I think a sugar cookie dough would be really good next to the caramel. Feel free to use any of your favorite cookie dough. 

close up of a caramel cookie cup

Yes, you can use any type of homemade cookie dough in replacing. Just make sure if the dough needs to refrigerate before it cooks then to follow those directions. 

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    Yes, you will need to stay close by the oven while the cookie cups are baking. You’ll have to deflate the middle a couple of times so they take that nice cup shape. Otherwise, you might have a whole different kind of dessert! 

    I found that taking a spoon and pushing down gently worked great at getting the center to deflate. Then toss it right back in the oven and let it finish cooking. 

    Let’s talk about the filling. This is my favourite part of the dessert. The filling is made from an entire package of cream cheese, icing sugar (otherwise known as powdered sugar) and a can of Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche Caramel Sauce. I had a coupon for this new Eagle Brand product and was looking forward to trying it out in a recipe. The caramel is beautiful. Glossy and smooth. I could have eaten from the can with a spoon, but I held back.

    caramel cookie cups on a white plate

    How to Make Dulce de Leche

    I know this product is on Canadian grocery store shelves, but I’m not sure what is available in other regions. You can always make your own caramel sauce from sweetened condensed milk.

    Can I Use Caramel Instead of Dulce de Leche 

    Absolutely. Dulce de Leche is very similar to caramel, it is just made with sweetened condensed milk. It offers a thicker and creamier texture. But you are more than welcome to use caramel sauce in replace. It is just as good, it is all about what you have or what your personal preference is. 

    Nuts or No Nuts

    I finished off the cookie cups by topping them with a pecan and drizzling some caramel ice cream topping. My mom and dad were here and had a few and raved about how good they were. I told my mom how easy they were to make.

    I’ve got more cookie cups in the works so get ready!

    caramel cookie cups on a white plate

    First you want to preheat the oven and grab your mini muffin pan. Then work at putting the cookie dough into each muffin tin and baking accordingly. Make sure to press it down during the baking process so that the center doesn’t rise up. 

    Then work on creating your cream cheese filling. Once cookies have cooled you will dish in your filling and then top with extra caramel sauce and nuts and serve away! 

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    • Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies | Sweet, crunchy, chewy, and downright addictive. Make a cookie that stands out in flavor! 

    Because of the cream cheese filling, you will need to store these cookies in the fridge. Simply cover in an airtight container and store for 4-6 days in the fridge. 

    If you prefer them at room temperature sit it out a bit before you go to serve them for a warmer cream cheese filling. 

    I would recommend freezing the cookie cups by themselves. Then when you are ready to thaw make up the cream cheese mixture and spoon it into the center. I find that cream cheese tends to break down when it is thawed after being frozen. 

    You’ll also love this Caramel Sauce, Salted Caramel Fudge and Dulce de Leche Bars.

    What is your favourite kind of cookie?

    A caramel cookie cup cut in half

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    Caramel Cookie Cups

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 34
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 22 minutes
    Total Time 37 minutes
    This easy dessert is sinfully sweet with a creamy smooth caramel filling and surrounded by a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie cup.


    • 2 packages refrigerated chocolate chip cookie mix 16oz/468g packages
    • 1 package cream cheese 8oz/250g package, softened
    • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
    • 1 can Eagle Brand® Dulce de Leche Caramel Flavoured Sauce OR Dulce de Leche 300ml can
    • chopped pecans as desired
    • caramel sundae topping as desired


    • Preheat oven according to directions on cookie package.
    • Slice the prepared cookie mix into ½ inch thick rounds and press each slice into a greased mini muffin tin to form a cup. Bake for 7 minutes.
    • Remove tray from oven when cups are rising. Take a small spoon and deflate the centers of the cups while leaving the sides of the cookie cup untouched. Put back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes.
    • Again, remove from oven and with a small spoon, deflate the centers of the cups while leaving the sides of the cookie cup untouched.
    • Place back in the oven again and finish baking until the cookie cups are golden brown (about 3 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool completely.
    • In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and Dulce de Leche together until light and fluffy.
    • Spoon caramel mixture into each cookie cup (about 1 teaspoon).
    • Cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. When ready to serve, top with pecans and drizzle caramel topping over the cookie cups.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 34mg | Sugar: 3g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Caramel Cookie Cups

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    1. Can you freeze these and if so do they hold up OK? I have a graduation I’m Baking for so just wanting to know. Thank you

      1. I’ve never frozen them unfortunately so I’m not 100% sure. I’d think they’d be ok though.

    2. We will love your Cookie Cups! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
      Come Back Soon!
      Miz Helen

    3. So yummy! Pinned. ^_^ I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. 🙂

    4. Stacie,

      Thanks for stopping by Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. This Caramel Cookie cup truly looks delicious. Pinned!
      Diane Roark

    5. Such a great idea! I’m going to try and use one of my own cookie recipes.

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