Apple Cookie Recipe – Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

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I shared last week that I had two meetings to bake up some sweets for the hubby. For one meeting I made a simple spice cake but for the other I went cookie crazy. I made four different kinds of cookies from the cookbook Cookie Remix. Some of the recipes were a disappointment but I will be sharing the couple that I did end up working. This apple cookie recipe was the winner on the tray – everyone who had one went back for seconds.

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

Makes 28

For the Filling

  • 2 cups apple, peeled, cored and small dice (about 2 medium)
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 4 TBS melted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS cinnamon

For the Cookies

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  • 1 cup of butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 TBS cold butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

coarse sea salt if desired for topping

Make the Caramel Sauce:

  • Add the sugar to a non reactive, high sided sauce pan over medium high heat.
  • Stir until the sugar melts. It will start to look like sand, then small pebbles. Don’t worry, just keep stirring until the sugar melts.
  • When the melted sugar turns a light amber in color add the cold butter. Be careful as the mixture will bubble up.
  • Keep stirring until the butter melts and is incorporated into the sugar.
  • Remove from heat and add the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up again. Just keep stirring until it stops bubbling and is smooth and shiny.
  • Let cool slightly in the pot and then remove to a container like a mason jar to cool completely.

Make the Filling

cutting apples for apple pie cookies

  • Cut the apples into small dice and add to a medium bowl.
  • Add in the lemon juice, melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt.

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  • Stir to combine and set aside

Make the Cookie Dough

  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attached mix the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
  • Add to the butter mixture in thirds, mixing just until combined.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop or measure out 1 1/2 TBS of dough and roll into balls. Place the balls 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

use a metal measuring spoon to make the well

  • Press down in the center to create a well for the apple filling.

cookie dough on trays

  • Be sure there are no cracks or holes in the bottom or sides.

filled apple pie cookies before baking

  • Add about 1 tsp of filling to each well
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes until the cookies are baked in the center and slightly browned on the edges.

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  • Remove to a wire rack to let cool

Assemble the Cookies

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  • Drizzle a little of the caramel sauce over top of the cooled cookies.
  • If desired sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt

How Was the Apple Cookie Recipe?

I made four different kinds of cookies; the Caramel Apple Pie Cookies, Cream Cheese Cookie Dough, Green Tea Blackberry, Dark Roast Chocolate. The apple cookie recipe was the most popular with the Dark Roast Chocolate being a close second. I’ll get that one posted in short order.

cookie tray

I have to admit that I might have taste tested several myself so I can tell you that they are very good cookies. The cookie is crispy around the edges and then soft and chewy in the center with the sweet/cinnamony apple pieces and then the lovely caramel on top. This recipe is a keeper.

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