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Caramel Apple Cookies

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake 10 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Immediately insert a round toothpick in center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
  • Place on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining cookies, caramel mixture and pecans. Let stand until set.

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.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 91 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • peligia
      Jun 16, 2019

      I've made these several times-excellent!

    • abreendre
      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
      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
      Sep 19, 2015

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

    • sstetzel
      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
      Oct 4, 2014

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