Caramel Apple Bites Recipe
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Caramel Apple Bites Recipe

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This fun recipe, from Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon, is one the kids will find appealing. Children can help by dipping the baked cookies in caramel and nuts —and also by eating the treats! "They just disappear at my house," Darlene details.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/3 cup finely chopped unpeeled apple
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • DOUGH:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Green toothpicks
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 292 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 157 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened; set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  3. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Flatten and place 1/4 teaspoon filling in center of each. Fold dough over filling and reshape into balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  5. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat caramels and evaporated milk until caramels are melted; stir until smooth. Insert a toothpick into each cookie and dip into caramel until completely coated; allow excess to drip off. Dip bottoms into nuts. Place on wire racks to set. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Bites in Country Woman September/October 1997, p10

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gjackie User ID: 7687272 47515
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"A great waste of time and money. I've read some of the reviews, so maybe the filling should have cooked longer to make it thicker, but there really was no guidance on the recipe. 1/3 cup of apple in a 1/4 teaspoon -- one tiny little piece, and it was almost impossible to re-form the ball with even that tad bit of filling inside. You would not even know there were apples in there. This is definitely not a keeper. Sorry. Looked great on paper and in photo, but very, very disappointed. P.S. - Way too many walnuts -- and I love walnuts."

nikkidowiak User ID: 7496219 77249
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"These were a hit. I followed the recipe exactly and each step turned out as the recipe described. The cookie was the PERFECT consistency. The only change I will make next time is omitting the walnuts from the topping; unless I said it, no one knew there was apple."

oraclerogue User ID: 7454371 47513
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"This was a homerun! I followed the directions exactly and they came out great. Not only did the people at my party love them, but I took them to work for a potluck and they didn't even make it to the end of the potluck before they were all devoured. I love that the cookie isn't too sweet. It's a perfect balance and a great caramel apple taste without losing your teeth to an apple."

vikki13 User ID: 7406698 50498
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"If I could rate this a 0 I would. It was a miserable fail. For so many reasons. I read the comments in advance...made the adjustments I thought were necessary and the final product was still horrible. The filling took 30 minutes to reduce to the right consistency. The caramels took forever to melt on the stovetop, and the final carmel sauce was still too runny to adhere to the "cookie." The cookie itself was bland tasting and never fully retained it's "ball" shape so the final product looked like a squished mess. What a waste of $$ and time."

kimlschwartz User ID: 6538794 48743
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Why not just use caramel chips?"

OCchild User ID: 6426429 24200
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Hey, thin4life, if you look at the recipe, it calls for 1/3c. evaporated milk, not 2/3"

thin4life User ID: 1891649 15852
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"These are a pain in the butt to make. They are not worth the time they take. If you do make these, don't use 2/3c. evaporated milk in the topping, it is way to runny. I will be deleting this out of my recipe box."

Letizia User ID: 2399838 20569
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"My husband says they taste great, but the process is terrible. There was no way I could shape a 1 inch ball around 1/4 tsp. of the filling. I ended up making bigger balls and still had half my filling left over. The nuts didn't easily stick to the caramel either. And once any caramel dripped into the piles of nuts....those nuts wouldn't stick at all."

Hotcookie2 User ID: 3356433 22990
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"I made these for my county fair and received Reserve Grand Champion! They were time consuming, but so darling and they did taste yummy."

muffinbean User ID: 4883853 48433
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"These are absolutely adorable, and really yummy. If you're looking for a fun recipe to make with the kids or by yourself, this is it. I didn't alter one thing, and they turned out perfect. I gave this recipe a 4 only because I made my own caramel sauce, so I can't rate this recipe properly. Even though it can be time consuming, the end result is a nifty way to eat a cookie."

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