Caramel Apple Cookies

It’s that time of year.  The leaves are changing, sweaters are being taken out of storage containers, and conference play has started in the Big 10.  And after a long afternoon of sitting in front of the TV (or in my case computer) watching Michigan steamroll Purdue for all time win #898, what better thing to do than eat cookies while waiting for the 7 and 8 PM games to start.

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I love apples, caramel, and cookies, so it only seems logical to combine them all together into something delicious.  I can’t remember too many occasions growing up of making cookies from scratch, although it’s really not too difficult.  The hardest part of this recipe was probably cutting up square caramels since Kroger didn’t have caramel chips.  I’d also say it was difficult to not eat all of these immediately after taking them out of the oven.

First order of business is to preheat the oven to 350°.  Peel, core, and cut an apple into small pieces and spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I used a silicone mat).  Bake for 20 minutes and then set aside.

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Mix together a stick of butter and cup of brown sugar (off to a healthy start!) until well combined.  I assumed we had brown sugar when I started making these, but turns out we didn’t.  I used regular sugar and it turned out just fine.

Add an egg and vanilla extract to the butter/sugar, and combine well.  In a separate bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients…

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…and then add to the liquid, mixing until everything is well combined.  Watch out for unmixed chunks of butter, make sure to work those in well.

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Add in your caramel chips (or chunks in my case) and baked apple pieces.

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Scoop dough out onto baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350°.  You should have enough to make 2 dozen cookies.  Or, if you’re like me and don’t read what the recipe yield is before making it, it makes a dozen ginormous cookies that will take about 22 minutes to bake (this method not recommended).

Either way, let them cool 10 minutes on the baking sheet before moving elsewhere.  You want any caramel bits on the bottom to cool/solidify before transferring them, or else they will collapse when put on a cooling rack.

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Caramel Apple Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (regular will also be ok)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup caramel chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.  Peel, core, and cut apple into small pieces.  Place onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.  Set aside once done to cool.

Mix butter and sugar together, and once well combined add vanilla and egg.  Beat until combined.

In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg , and cinnamon.  Add to liquid ingredients and mix until everything is combined.  Add caramel chips and apple pieces.

Scoop out onto baking sheets and cook 12-14 minutes at 350°.  Should make 2 dozen cookies.  Allow to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Recipe courtesy of Bashful Bao.

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