Caramel Apple Bites Recipe

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Caramel Apple Bites Recipe
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Caramel Apple Bites Recipe

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Kids can help make these perfect fall bites by dipping the baked cookies in caramel and nuts. It's a fun food craft for all of us. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
MAKES:
36 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:
36 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

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

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened; set aside to cool. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add egg, vanilla and salt; beat well. Add flour; mix well. 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. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a saucepan over low heat, cook caramels are melted. Insert a toothpick into each cookie and dip into caramel until completely coated. 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

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.

  • FILLING:
  • 1/3 cup chopped unpeeled apple
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • DOUGH:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Green toothpicks
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. In a small saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened; set aside to cool. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add egg, vanilla and salt; beat well. Add flour; mix well. 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. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a saucepan over low heat, cook caramels are melted. Insert a toothpick into each cookie and dip into caramel until completely coated. 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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jeanne User ID: 9070597 278215
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2017

"yea didnt work!! as filling into dough, so i just dumped filling INTO dough and drop on sheet baking them now not sure if its gonna work too soft and spread out too much chilling rest of dough so we will see"

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marcibanes User ID: 4837689 277516
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2017

"We really liked these little bites. They are great for a fall treat. I made them more like a dumpling/cookie by making them bigger to hold more filling. So instead of making 36 I ended up making 18. Yummy"

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wilderman User ID: 7886447 276562
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2017

"Cookies are very dry"

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Sylvia User ID: 9258507 276538
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2017

"Yum!! ?? is all i got to say i didn't change a thing yummy..."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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

"Why not just use caramel chips?"

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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"

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