The Best Taste of Fall – Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

Caramel Apple Cookies are going to be your go-to cookies every fall after you check out this easy recipe. They are sweet from the caramel, offer a bit of spicy from the cinnamon, and a tartness from the green apples.

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These Caramel Apple Cookies are quick and easy to make using a cookie base that is similar to the snickerdoodle and topped with tart green apples and sweet caramel!

Pumpkin is often the number one flavor of fall, but for me, it’s apples! And when you add caramel, well, that just makes them even better. Lately, I’ve been craving snickerdoodles and decided to use my base cookie recipe for them along with caramel apple toppings to create this delicious treat!

The cookies themselves are a little spicy with the addition of cinnamon to the batter. I love that you don’t have to refrigerate the dough before baking. It takes less than 10 minutes to mix up. I use a stand mixer, but a hand mixer will work, too. Or, you can go old school and mix by hand.

Feel free to use your favorite type of apple to create these cookies. I’m sure any of them are delicious! I used a Granny Smith apple because I love the tartness mixed with the sweetness of the glaze and caramel drizzle.

These can be made ahead of time, but I would recommend waiting to add the glaze and apples directly before serving. The apples can turn brown (even if tossed with some lemon juice) and then they aren’t as pretty. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

These cookies combine several of my favorite flavors of fall - caramel, apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon!

Ingredients to Make Caramel Apple Cookies:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Caramel sauce
  • Granny Smith apple

How to Make Caramel Apple Cookies:

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Melt your butter and allow to cool for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon together. Set aside.

Mix ½ cup of the granulated sugar with the brown sugar until mixed well.

Add the melted butter, vanilla, and egg. Mix until thoroughly combined, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Add the flour mixture to the bowl, mixing well after each addition, until thoroughly combined.

In a pie plate or deep plate, mix the remaining ½ cup of the granulated sugar with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Using a cookie scoop or spoon, roll approximately 1″ balls out of the cookie dough. Roll the ball in the cinnamon-sugar mix and place on the baking sheets. Repeat until all the dough is used.

Place the baking pans in the oven and bake for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently flatten the cookies a bit with the back of a wooden spoon. Return to the oven to cook for another 4 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the pans for 1 minute. Carefully transfer to a cooling rack.

Slice and dice your apple into small chunks. Place in a bowl and toss with ½ teaspoon of lemon juice to prevent browning.

Whisk the powdered sugar, pure vanilla extract, and milk together. Add in the caramel and whisk again. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add ½ teaspoon of milk and whisk. The mixture should be thin enough to spread, but not runny.

Once your cookies are fully cooled, top each one with a small spoonful of the thick glaze.

Carefully add the apples and sprinkle with brown sugar.

Drizzle more caramel sauce on top.

Enjoy!

Yield: 24 Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies

These Caramel Apple Cookies are quick and easy to make using a cookie base that is similar to the snickerdoodle and topped with tart green apples and sweet caramel!

Caramel Apple Cookies are going to be your go-to cookies every fall after you check out this easy recipe. They are sweet from the caramel, offer a bit of spicy from the cinnamon, and a tartness from the green apples.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

Cookie Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, separated
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, tightly packed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon + 1 teaspoon

Cookie Toppings:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce + more for drizzle
  • Brown sugar, to sprinkle the top of the cookies
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, sliced and diced

Instructions

    Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

    Melt your butter and allow to cool for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

    In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon together. Set aside.

    Mix ½ cup of the granulated sugar with the brown sugar until mixed well.

    Add the melted butter, vanilla, and egg. Mix until thoroughly combined, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl.

    Add the flour mixture to the bowl, mixing well after each addition, until thoroughly combined.

    In a pie plate or deep plate, mix the remaining ½ cup of the granulated sugar with a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

    Using a cookie scoop or spoon, roll approximately 1" balls out of the cookie dough. Roll the ball in the cinnamon-sugar mix and place on the baking sheets. Repeat until all the dough is used.

    Place the baking pans in the oven and bake for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently flatten the cookies a bit with the back of a wooden spoon. Return to the oven to cook for another 4 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the pans for 1 minute. Carefully transfer to a cooling rack.

    Slice and dice your apple into small chunks. Place in a bowl and toss with ½ teaspoon of lemon juice to prevent browning.

    Whisk the powdered sugar, pure vanilla extract, and milk together. Add in the caramel and whisk again. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add ½ teaspoon of milk and whisk. The mixture should be thin enough to spread, but not runny.

    Once your cookies are fully cooled, top each one with a small spoonful of the thick glaze.

    Carefully add the apples and sprinkle with brown sugar.

    Drizzle more caramel sauce on top.

    Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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Caramel Apple Cookies are going to be your go-to cookies every fall after you check out this easy recipe. They are sweet from the caramel, offer a bit of spicy from the cinnamon, and a tartness from the green apples.

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