Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies

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Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies are a fun twist on traditional PB cookies! Made with Caramel Kisses, they are easy and amazingly delicious!

peanut butter caramel cookies stacked on top of each other all resting on a blue kitchen towel

Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies

Well, my friends, have I got a fabulous cookie for you! Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies. Talk about a serious winner! Peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel all wrapped up into a chewy and amazingly delicious cookie. What’s not to LOVE?

Seriously addicting.

Chocolate and peanut butter is a tried and true classic at my house. The combination never fails! But when I saw some Hershey’s Caramel Kisses out on display with all that darn candy, I knew I had to get a bag! The results are irresistible.

Main Ingredients Needed

Gather up your cookie-making ingredients plus a few extra specialties to make these incredible Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies!

  • Butter – for flavor, moisture and structure! Be sure to use softened butter not melted.
  • Peanut Butter – use a processed brand like Jif or Skippy. I used creamy but feel free to use chunky if you like that added crunch.
  • Granulated + Brown Sugar – both are used to sweeten.
  • Vanilla – for flavor.
  • Eggs – for structure and texture.
  • Salt – to enhance and balance flavors.
  • Baking Soda – this helps the cookies rise and stay chewy.
  • Flour – this fills out the cookies.
  • Hershey’s Caramel Kisses – these are basically Hershey Kisses filled with a soft sweet caramel. They also might be seasonal to the fall and winter months. If you can’t find them use chocolate chips and caramel bits instead.
top down view of peanut butter caramel cookies

How to Make Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies

For full details on how to make these Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies, see the recipe card down below 🙂

  1. Preheat + Prep. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the Dough. In a large bowl, whip butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla and eggs. Scrape sides and mix again. Slowly incorporate all dry ingredients until combined. Stir in chopped Hershey’s caramel kisses.
  3. Scoop + Bake. Scoop by the teaspoon full onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes or until the edges are barely golden and the middle looks like it’s not quite done. You may have the urge to keep them in longer–don’t! Unless you want crunchier cookies in which case you should then leave them in a minute or two longer… but I like mine chewy so I pull them out sooner.
  4. Cool. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Store in airtight containers.

Note: If you want to make the crosshatch pattern like you’d see on regular peanut butter cookies, be my guest. I tried on some of them but didn’t want to squish the caramel out everywhere. And, speaking of caramel, try to have most of your Hershey kisses closer to the top than the bottom because they will ooze on your baking sheet and become crunchy. If you don’t mind the crunch then this is no big deal. I, however, despise the crunch. So, do what your little heart desires!

close up of a peanut butter caramel cookie on a cooling wrack next to other cookies

More PB Cookies to Try!

Seriously people, look for an excuse to make these cookies, you won’t be sorry.

The printable recipe card is down below, pin/save/print/bookmark this page!

Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies

Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies are a fun twist on traditional PB cookies! Made with Caramel Kisses, they are easy and amazingly delicious!
servings 36 cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whip butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla and eggs. Scrape sides and mix again. Slowly incorporate all dry ingredients until combined. Stir in chopped Hershey’s caramel kisses.
  • Scoop by the teaspoon full onto the prepared baking sheet.*
    Bake 8-9 minutes or until the edges are barely golden and the middle looks like it’s not quite done.**
  • Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Store in airtight containers.

Notes

*If you want to make the crosshatch pattern like you’d see on regular peanut butter cookies, be my guest. I tried on some of them but didn’t want to squish the caramel out everywhere. And, speaking of caramel, try to have most of your Hershey kisses closer to the top than the bottom because they will ooze on your baking sheet and become crunchy. If you don’t mind the crunch then this is no big deal. I, however, despise the crunch. So, do what your little heart desires!
**You may have the urge to keep them in longer–don’t! Unless you want crunchier cookies in which case you should then leave them in a minute or two longer… but I like mine chewy so I pull them out sooner.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter caramel cookies

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  1. Erin

    Oh my I’ve never seen those kisses! I just got my hands on the pumpkin ones over the weekend. These cookies sound wonderful

  2. Kathryn

    Peanut butter cookies are pretty good in themselves but adding the caramel kisses sounds like a brilliant idea! If it makes you feel any better, I don’t think I would have been able to stop at eating 7!

  3. Francois

    Oh my my.
    How could I have live so many years without this recipe….. Life is full of pleasant surprises….
    I will try those asap.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    I looooove the caramel-filled Kisses! I honestly don’t know if this dough would make it onto the cookie sheet–my college roommate and I were known to make mixing bowls of dough solely for the purpose of eating it by the spoonful! 🙂

  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I loooooove the caramel kisses! Making these gorgeous cookies with them is a genius idea 🙂 I wish I had an entire plate of them for my afternoon snack today!

  6. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    Love your confession about making dough just to eat it! Not that we ever did that…(^_~)

    These cookies look great. I wish I had some to snack on today.

  7. Laurie @SimplyScratch

    Lauren, you’re shipping me a box right?! I need one in both of my hands asap… Whichever is quicker Fedex or UPS?

  8. Lindsay R

    Wow, do those look incredible. I think they would be delicious with some haugendauz dulce de leche ice cream, don’t you think? or would that be a caramel overload?

    Lindsay 🙂

  9. alex

    I don’t understand people who don’t eat cookie dough?!?! that’s the best part of making cookies..I have no doubt this dough (and cookie form) is delicious!

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  11. sherry

    Made them…..LOVE them!! and yes ladies the dough is amazing allll on its own. Some of the caramel melted out onto my parchment paper while baking but……no worries, it breaks off and I have to say is almost as yummy as the cookie dough. I saved some of the dough and am going to add in possible twix pieces tonight. thank for the recipe!! I got major boyfriend points 🙂

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