Chocolate cookies with a crunchy caramel centre

I guess this cookie is reminiscent of a Hershey’s peanut butter cup, minus the peanuts and in cookie form! So maybe not all that similar on second thoughts. The sweet, crunchy filling is a combination of Lotus caramelised spread mixed with crushed cornflakes which is then enrobed in a chocolate dough that bakes to a crisp shell. You can’t beat a sweet surprise inside a cookie and the extra crunch here gives an added unexpected dimension that really works. Quite pleased with this experiment.

Crunchy Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)


makes about 18

  • 1 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free spread
  • 2 tbsps golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 1 cup lotus caramelised spread
  • 1 cup cornflakes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade/Gas mark 4

– Cream together the spread, sugar, syrup and vanilla

– Sift in the flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt and mix to a stiff dough. Set aside.

– Make the filling by mixing together the Lotus spread, crushed cornflakes and icing sugar.

– Take tbsp amounts of the chocolate dough and pat out to a small round. Place a tsp of filling in the middle of each and bring the sides up and around to form a chocolate ball with no gaps.

– Place on a cookie sheet and slightly press down.

– Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for a couple more minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

– These cookies keep well for up to a week in a sealed container, and are lovely warmed for 20 seconds in a microwave before eating. The first photo shows the cookies, warmed and with a gooey centre. The second when they have been let to cool and the centre has set.


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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

2 thoughts on “Chocolate cookies with a crunchy caramel centre

  1. Made these today……. my boys think they are ‘very nice’!!! I think they are AWESOME!! Mine came out a little flatter than yours, but the chewiness is delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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