Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe
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Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

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It looks like a caramel apple but it's really a chocolate chip cookie. You can coat the caramel with your favorite type of nut, sprinkles or mini chips. I am often asked to bring these to parties.—Tammy Daniels, Batavia, Ohio
Featured In: 10 Fun Treats for Fall
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake 10 min./batch + standing
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake 10 min./batch + standing
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 48 round toothpicks
  • 1 package (11 ounces) Kraft caramel bits
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, peanuts or M&M minis

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 91 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in chips.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Immediately insert a round toothpick in center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine caramels and water. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Holding a cookie by the toothpick, dip cookie in caramel mixture, turning to coat. Allow excess to drip off. Immediately dip the bottom and sides in pecans.
  4. Place on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining cookies, caramel mixture and pecans. Let stand until set. Yield: 4 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • These are shortbread-style cookies, and shortbread tends to be crumbly
  • For a different look, substitute coffee stirrers for toothpicks. Snip them down to size (about 2 inches) before inserting.
  • Originally published as Caramel Apple Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p127

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    abreendre User ID: 1799143 255749
    Reviewed Oct. 22, 2016

    "Very bland and the caramel never set. I am usually pleased with TOH recipes. I checked and did every thing right. Don't know."

    hchambers User ID: 7140928 234913
    Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

    "These are absolutely adorable! We made them with a sugar cookie dough instead of chocolate chip. My kids loved helping to make these cookies to take to school."

    Bonito User ID: 1630276 233129
    Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

    "these are adorable both inside and outside - this is the best thing I've seen in a loooong time - awesome."

    sstetzel User ID: 158954 232588
    Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

    "Love how cute this recipe turns out. Fun little balls of shortbread-style cookie, dressed up to look like caramel apples are great to serve at any fall themed gathering."

    ScrapGran3 User ID: 8020981 127023
    Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

    "I have been a Taste of Home fan for over 20 years."

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