Autumn Caramel Apple Cookies

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These caramel apple cookies have the perfect chewy texture and are packed with fall flavors that will make you love every single bite.

These cookies taste delicious, and are a perfect fall treat or for a school bake sale. If you love this recipe be sure to check out these lemon madeleines too!

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What I Love About the Recipe

The the perfect balance of caramel and apple flavor in these cookies is what is my absolute favorite.

This caramel apple cookie recipe is one of the easiest you’ll find, and yet, packs in so much flavor.

If you love caramel apples, and want to enjoy a bit of that gooey caramel goodness in the cookies, this is one recipe you need to try out.

Ingredients for the Caramel Apple Cookies

You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to make these caramel apple cookies.

Apple pie spice
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens your cookie dough and contributes to a smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Apple Pie Spice: Blend of warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice infuses your cookies with the classic flavors of apple pie.
  • Flour: Forms the structural base of your cookies, allowing them to hold their shape while baking.
  • Baking Powder And Salt: Acts as a leavening agent to help your cookies rise, while salt enhances all the flavors.
  • Unsalted Butter: Adds richness and moisture to your dough, creating a tender, flavorful cookie.
  • Sugar: Sweetens your cookies, balancing the tartness of the apple flavor and enhancing the warmth of the spices.
  • Egg: Acts as a binder in your dough, helping to hold your cookies together as they bake.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavors in your cookies, adding a touch of sweetness and aroma that complements the apple pie spice.
  • Homemade Caramel: Adds a decadent, gooey element to your cookies, pairing perfectly with the warm apple pie flavors and making your cookies feel extra special.

How to Make the Caramel Apple Cookies?

Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make these delicious apple cookies.

Step 1: Prep the Dry Ingredients

Prepare all ingredients. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Step 2: Prep the Cream Butter Mixture

Beat butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla using an electric mixer or a stand mixer until light and fluffy

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Step 3: Combine Both

Mix both masses and knead the dough.

Step 4: Make Dough Balls

Mix everything for the topping. Roll the dough into balls and roll in the mixture.

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Step 5: Chill and Bake

Make a small indentation in the center and cool the dough ball well for about 2-3 hours. Bake at 350 F degrees for about 12 minutes.

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Step 6: Add Caramel and Bake Again

Add caramel to the recess and place in the oven for another 5 minutes. Wait until the caramel hardens.

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Tips & Tricks to Make the Caramel Apple Cookies

Making these caramel apple cookies may be super easy, but you’ve got to keep these little tips and tricks in mind too.

  • If you don’t have baking powder, you can also make do with baking soda. Just remember that the texture of the cookies will turn out slightly different when you use baking soda.
  • Remember not to overmix the flour baking soda mixture with the wet ingredients. You want to mix everything just until it is well combined.
  • Also keep in mind to line your baking sheets with parchment paper before you arrange the cookie dough balls on them.
  • Allowing the cookie dough ball to chill for a while in the refrigerator helps them firm up and hold their shape even after they have been baked.
  • To do this, I like to line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then add the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets.
  • To get the perfect soft caramel apple cookies, bake the cookies until they are lightly golden brown and not overdone.
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What Other Variations Can I Try?

  • If you really want some extra apple flavor and deliciousness, you can add some grated Granny Smith apples in addition to a little extra of the apple pie spice into the cookie dough.
  • I’ve used powdered sugar for this recipe, but you can choose to use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar too, if you want some extra caramel flavor.
  • To make these cookies healthier, you can also choose to use old fashioned rolled oats (ground into a fine powder) instead of flour.
  • For some extra chewy caramel goodness, you can make some homemade caramel sauce using salted butter and granulated sugar, cooked on medium heat until you get that perfect golden brown melted caramel.
  • Another idea is to just use caramel frosting in each indent you’ve made into the caramel apple cookies.
  • You could also add some caramel bits into the cookie dough if you want to.
  • Flaked sea salt can be a great addition to the cookies, and it can lend them a nice salted caramel flavor that works well along with the base flavor of the apple cookies.
  • To bring some more fall flavors into the cookies, you can add a dash of cinnamon powder to the flour mixture.
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How to Store the Apple Cookies?

The best way to store your leftover caramel apple cookies is to move them to an airtight container after you let the cookies cool completely.

These can then stay fresh at room temperature for 2-3 days, or you can choose to refrigerate them if you want them to last longer.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Cinnamon Whipped Cream: Light and airy topping with a hint of cinnamon.
  • Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream: Creamy delight with autumn spices.
  • Maple Pecan Salad: Crisp salad, maple vinaigrette, toasted pecans.
  • Vanilla Bean Yogurt Parfait: Simple, creamy parfait with granola crunch.
  • Ginger Pear Compote: Warm, spiced fruit freshness.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: Crispy fries, sweet contrast.
  • Butterscotch Dipping Sauce: Decadent, caramel-rich drizzle.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Caramelized sprouts, balsamic glaze.
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Autumn Caramel Apple Cookies

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Delicious Autumn Caramel Apple Cookies

Ingredients

  • Powdered sugar 3 cup
  • Apple pie spice ½ tsp
  • Flour 2.5 cup
  • Apple pie spice 1.5 tsp
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Salt ¼ tsp
  • Unsalted butter 1 cup
  • Sugar ¾ cup
  • Egg 1 
  • Vanilla extract 1.5 tsp
  • Homemade caramel 1\2 cup

Instructions

Step 1: Prep the Dry Ingredients
Prepare all ingredients. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Step 2: Prep the Cream Butter Mixture
Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla using an electric mixer or a stand mixer until light and fluffy

Step 3: Combine Both
Mix both masses and knead the dough.

Step 4: Make Dough Balls
Mix everything for the topping. Roll the dough into balls and roll in the mixture.

Step 5: Chill and Bake
Make a small indentation in the center and cool the dough ball well for about 2-3 hours. Bake at 350 F degrees for about 12 minutes.

Step 6: Add Caramel and Bake Again
Add caramel to the recess and place in the oven for another 5 minutes. Wait until the caramel hardens.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1004Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 165gFiber: 2gSugar: 117gProtein: 8g

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