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Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional 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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    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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