Cinnamon Caramel Cookies

Want a delicious cookie with a fun candy surprise in the center?  These Cinnamon Caramel Cookies are easy to make and will have everyone smiling when they find the hidden caramel center.

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These easy cinnamon cookies have a surprise caramel center that everyone will love!

So, surprises…do you like them, or could you do without them?

I have to say I’m not a big fan of surprises.  I like to know what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen.  Of course with teenage boys that isn’t always an option I get.  They like to jump out at us from random corners.  My hubby spilled a cup of coffee all over himself one night when our son popped out from behind the laundry room door.  Now that was funny stuff…well, until I am the next surprise victim.  

These easy cinnamon cookies have a surprise caramel center that everyone will love!

Want to know what totally surprised me the other day?

I was doing a little grocery shopping before picking up the kids from school.  Who am I kidding…I was getting cookies, eggs, candy, and a few cake mixes.  You know, just a normal shopping trip for me.

Anyway, I walked down the cookie aisle to grab a package of Nutter Butters (stay tuned for a recipe using those or make a batch of these Peanut Butter Nutter Butter Brownie Bars if you cannot wait) when an older gentleman started a conversation with me about the few items in my cart versus the many in his cart.  Now this was not your normal conversation…you know the feeling when someone starts flirting with you, right?  This was totally the vibe I got! I couldn’t get out of that aisle quick enough…then I passed him again, and he gave me this big smile.  Yup, definitely time to get out of the store!

To top it all off…he had gray hair!  GRAY HAIR!!!  Surprised was definitely how I felt at this new development.  Seriously I can’t be that old that older gentlemen are flirting with me.  My hubby just laughed his head off when I was telling him about it!  I’m glad he found it super amusing!

Cinnamon cookies with a fun caramel center is perfect for every cookie jar.

Now one surprise I do like over and over is candy hidden inside cookies!  Surprise candy inside cookies = good!  Surprise flirt attack from an older man = not good!!!

These puffy cinnamon cookies look all innocent, right?  That is until you bite into the cookie and find a soft caramel center!

Easy cinnamon cookies that have a surprise caramel candy bar center that everyone will love!

Last week I asked for some cookie inspiration from my Facebook fans.  I wanted to know what your favorite kinds of cookies were.  Overwhelming the answer was Snickerdoodle.  There were a few mentions for caramel, chocolate, chip, honey, peanut butter…I can’t wait to try a few of your ideas.  I appreciate the inspiration!!!

One reader mentioned these Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles from Maria, and that flavor combo just wouldn’t leave me alone until I made something similar.

You know by now that I am in love with cake mix cookies!  They are one of my favorite “box item turned homemade with flair” things to make.  The cream cheese added to the dough makes them so soft and puffy!

Now you do need to make sure you add some refrigeration time to your wait time.  The melted butter and cream cheese need time to firm back up before you can roll them into nice round balls.    Then flatten each ball and hide a mini caramel candy bar inside each one!  I did take my time rolling them back up.  You want to make sure there are no holes or cracks for the caramel to escape from when baking!

Then hand out boxes of cookies to your friends and just sit back and watch for that surprised reaction that will come when they find the soft caramel center.  It’s priceless!

These easy cinnamon cookies have a surprise caramel center that everyone will love!

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Cinnamon Caramel Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Cinnamon Caramel Cookies

These easy cake mix cookies get a fun twist added to them from the cinnamon and hidden caramel candy bar.


1 white cake mix
1 egg
8 Tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons cinnamon
24 Milky Way Simply Caramel Unwrapped Bites
3-4 Tablespoons cinnamon sugar


  1. Beat together the cake mix, egg, and melted butter until a soft dough forms. Add the cream cheese and cinnamon and beat again until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Roll the dough into 24 even dough balls. Press each ball flat and place a Milky Way Caramel Bite in the center. Form the cookie dough around the candy bar and roll into a ball again. Roll the cookie dough ball in the cinnamon sugar and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a piece of parchment paper. Let cool completely. Store in a sealed container on the counter. Makes 24 cookies.


If you cannot find the cinnamon sugar or do not want to buy another product, you can also use 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

These easy cinnamon cookies have a surprise caramel center that everyone will love!

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  1. says

    Why do much older men (I’m talking 20-plus year age gap) think it’s totally okay to flirt with women who are clearly not in their demographic? I guess I’d like to have that kind of confidence, but nah. It’s a little creepy.
    These cookies rock! They’re so soft and thick and I love the filling.
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  2. says

    I’m the same way about surprises and not knowing what is going to happen, to the point that I will go look up what happens in a TV show because I cannot stand the anxious feeling that I get from wondering what is going to happen!

    These cookies are perfect, Jocelyn! LOVE the cinnamon sugar topping.
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  3. Claudia C says

    This website is so cool. I’m going to make the Cinnamon Caramel cookies this week. Did u like the cookies?Do u have any tips?
    Thanks. ;)

  4. says

    these look scrumptious! I love snickerdoodle-type cookies and anything cinammon. And caramel is just the icing on the cake, er I mean cookie :)
    I’m new to your blog, love your pics and your story-telling. I’m very much enjoying it so far and now I’ve got a list of a few of your goodies I’d like to make. I have to eat GF so will try this with my GF vanilla cake recipe, will let you know how it goes in case any of your other readers bake sans gluten!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Stina says

    Just made these for mail-away-cookie-boxes, and I am very, very sad that there is only one ‘spare’ that I can eat for myself. Holy amazeballs, these are awesome.

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