Salted Caramel Apple Cookies

 Look at that gooey caramel.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, the family decided to have a potluck. I think it is a wonderful idea that everyone pitches in with a meal. Not only does it guarantee we all get our favorite dish, but takes the pressure off one family member from creating multiple items. My sister-in-law was making Pecan pie, so I wanted to make a non-pie dessert along with a sweet potato casserole. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

I love caramel apples. They are one of my favorite fall treats. So, why not bake a cookie with that flavor? These cookies are super soft and delicious. My son and I had a blast making these together. I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 3 small granny smith apples (yields about 2 cups finely diced)
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 20 caramel squares
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • pink himalayan salt or sea salt

You can substitute apple pie seasoning with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

You do not need to use granny smith apples. Other baking favorites include: mutsu, pink lady, jonagold, honeycrisp, & braeburn. 

Instructions

Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  • Mix together butter, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in medium sized bowl.
  • Add apple cider and egg and mix thoroughly.
  • Lastly, add flour and diced apples to batter and mix.
  • Place balls of dough evenly on greased cookie sheet.
  • Cook for 12-15 minutes or until done.
  • Let cookies cool.

Salted Caramel Topping

  • Add water to a small sauce pot and bring to boil.
  • In a small glass bowl add unwrapped caramel squares and milk.
  • Place bowl over pot to create a double boiler to melt caramel.
  • Stir constantly until melted.
  • Drizzle caramel over cooled cookies.
  • Lightly sprinkle salt.
 Our finished product. Yummy salted caramel apple cookies.

Ok, so I had a little hiccup along the way, I used way too much seasoning in my first batch. Turns out I was using tablespoons instead of teaspoons. This is why one should double check measurements. The good news is my husband loves the spice blend, so the first batch will still be consumed. Little man loved helping me out with this and was happy to eat something he made. I'm happy to share a love of baking with my son. Once again, happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the food and the company!

 
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