Caramel Stuffed Ginger Cookies

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Ginger Cookies filled with caramel are a delicious twist on traditional soft chewy ginger snaps!

Caramel Stuffed Ginger Cookies in a stack with a bite out of the top one

My husband has always loved soft chewy ginger cookies!  They were his favorite until I came up with these bad boys!  Amazingly soft and chewy ginger cookies with a deliciously rich homemade caramel center!  You will be never going back to plain ginger cookies again!

I love them warm so the caramel is soft and melty but my husband prefers them cooled.  If you love them warm you can enjoy them freshly baked or just pop them into the microwave for a few seconds!

Warning:  The caramel is EXTREMELY HOT when it comes out of the microwave.

When making these, you first start with a caramel made in the microwave.  It makes the most incredible caramel!  I then pour it into a small glass dish to cool, any ol’ dish works just fine!  Once cooled, it will be slightly chewy and you will be able to break off pieces and roll them into balls about 1/2 tablespoon in size.  When wrapping the cookie dough around the caramel, be sure the caramel is completely covered.

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Ginger Cookies filled with caramel

Items you’ll need:

* Corn Syrup (Karo) * Parchment Paper * Ground Ginger * Mixer *

Caramel Stuffed Ginger Cookies in a stack with a bite out of the top one
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Caramel Filled Ginger Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 27 Cookies
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Candy, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Ginger Cookies filled with caramel are a delicious twist on traditional soft chewy ginger snaps!


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    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • ¼ cup white sugar
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ¼ cup corn syrup (Karo Syrup)
    • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons half & half
    Cookie Dough
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup molasses
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar

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    Note: Use caution, the caramel is VERY hot!
      • Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup half and half in a large microwavable bowl (I used a 4 cup glass bowl). Cook 6 minutes stirring every 90 seconds. Let cool about 3-4 minutes and add in the remaining 2 tablespoons half & half (be careful it doesn't bubble up). Stir until smooth and pour into a small greased dish to cool completely.
      Cookie Dough
      • Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda & salt in a small bowl. Mix with a whisk and set aside.
      • With mixer on medium, cream shortening, butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in molasses and egg.
      • With mixer on low, add in flour mixture until completely combined.
      • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
      • Combine 1/3 cup each white and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
      • Pull off about 1/2 tablespoon of caramel from your cooled caramel and form into a small ball. Wrap 2 tablespoons of cookie dough around the caramel and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar mixture.
      • Place about 1 1/2" apart on a parchment lined pan and bake 9 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.
      • Cool 5 minutes on the pan before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

      Nutrition Information

      Calories: 177, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 133mg, Potassium: 68mg, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.7mg
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      1. This cookie was a big mess! Caramel didn’t set and it took most of the day to get one cookie!!! I even tried to freeze the caramel but was still not setting. I followed the recipe exactly and I will not be making this again or attempting this. The sad thing about it was it was for my cookie exchange party .1 star

      2. When you call it Karo syrup, they have 4 kinds, so which one are you using? Getting all my stuff together to make these for the holidays.

      3. I made them from the recipe exactly the first batch,and the cookue part and caramel melted together, also very very sweet. Made another batch and used 1 tsp baking soda and 1tsp powder, used 1/ 4 c each of the sugars AND rolled and FROZE the caramel before a rolled the dough around it…they were absolutely perfect, like from a bakery! Fabulous idea for a cookie, thanks!

        1. I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I’m not sure why the cookie didn’t work out for you the first time but I’m glad they turned out the second time.

      4. These look awesome! And I love that the caramel is made in the microwave and stays soft in the cookie! Yum! :)