Caramel apple cookies embody all of the taste of a traditional caramel apple. They have just the right amount of apple cider, cinnamon, and of course caramel! Mmm just the thought of these cookies makes my mouth water!!
Caramel Apple Cookies are an easy, mess free way to enjoy a caramel apple! This fall cookie recipe is apple spiced cookie dough stuffed with gooey caramel!
Fall is in the air, apple cookie recipes are also on the rise. For me, apples go hand in hand with caramel. Lush, crisp apples with gooey caramel is a match made in heaven. Caramel Apple Cookies are the only solution!
There is a place for caramel apples, certainly, and I still love making them, but while absolutely delicious, the chewy, ooey, gooey crunchiness of a candied apple can be difficult to transport, messy to eat and is as filling as a whole meal.
Please don’t take that statement as a knock against caramel apples, I LOVE them, but is there a cleaner, slightly more compact alternative? Why YES! Caramel apple cookies.
The result is spectacular. I promise. Perfect for Halloween or any other fall event.mMy recipe for caramel apple cookies is adapted from The Cooking Photographer.
I searched long and hard for instant apple cider mix. Ultimately it was located near the cocoa and hot chocolate mixes and the most popular brand is Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Mix.
Do not skimp on using the parchment paper, it is imperative that you use it to prevent the cookies from sticking to the cookie sheet. If you do find that they stuck, place the whole baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes and they will pop right off!
If you enjoyed this fall cookie recipe, be sure to check out these other easy cookie recipes:
- Sugar Cookie Dough- The Best Sugar Cookie Cutouts Recipe!
- Caramel Cookie Bars
- Halloween Sugar Cookie Bars
- Chewy Butterfinger Sugar Cookies
Tools for making Caramel Apple Cookies:
Stand Mixer– I lived for a long time without one. My life was changed when I finally bit the bullet and bought one. Just do it and thank yourself later.
Insulated Cookie Sheet– Insulated cookie sheets allow hot air to circulate around the entire cookie, resulting in even baking.
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Caramel Apple Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- Sift together baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and flour. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar. Blend in salt and vanilla. Slowly, one packet at a time to avoid an apple cider dust bomb, blend in Apple Cider Drink Mix packets (I'm telling you this from experience). Lastly, blend in eggs.
- Half and cup at a time, add in sifted flour mix. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
- Unwrap all of the caramels and put in a small bowl. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice for the cookie roll.
- Spoon out a small amount of cookie dough, approximately 2 heaping teaspoons. Roll into a ball and smash flat in the palm of your hand. Place 1/2 caramel in the center and roll tightly around to prevent any holes. Roll in cookie roll sugar and place 2 inches apart on your lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 11-14 minutes, cookies will look slightly undercooked. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know if you liked them!