Caramel Apple Cookies

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new fall season than with a gooey caramel apple. Growing up, that first bite of the gooey, sticky goodness meant that fall had officially arrived. These days I still enjoy a caramel apple every now and then, especially the giant ones at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Seriously, have you seen those things? Incredible! 😀

These cookies aren’t quite a caramel apple, but they may very well be the next best thing! They’re packed with caramel apple flavor, right down to the caramel filled centers. Fresh diced apples are baked right into each cookie, rolled in a pecan coating, filled with a thick caramel center then drizzled with two types of chocolate. In one word…incredible!

Caramel Apple Cookies

All the flavor of caramel apple in a portable cookie!! Perfect for Fall!

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies


2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, chopped fine
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoons dark brown sugar
20 soft caramel candies
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Place one tablespoon of the flour mixture in a small bowl and toss with diced apples; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl then add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add the apples and beat until just incorporated.
In a small bowl, whisk 2 egg white until frothy. In a shallow bowl, place pecans and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar for rolling. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough, dip in egg whites, then roll in pecans. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Using a teaspoon measure spoon, make indentation in center of each ball. Bake until set, 15 to 17 minutes.
While cookies are baking, microwave caramels and heavy cream in medium bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes; set aside.
Once cookies are removed from oven, gently press existing indentations with teaspoon measure. Fill each indentation with 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture. Cool 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
Once the cookies are completely cool, drizzle with white and dark chocolate.

Source: adapted from Sweet Sugar Belle

One Year Ago: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies 

Two Years Ago: Sweet Potato Biscuits                    

16 Responses to “Caramel Apple Cookies”

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 10, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    These are the most amazing looking cookies I’ve seen in a long time!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 10, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Wow, these are ridiculously amazing looking. Very over the top. Love it. :)

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    ChgoJohn — October 10, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    All this AND a soft caramel center? These are too much, Christina. What a great recipe!

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    Nadine Osborne — October 10, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    These look divine. I can’t wait to make them..thank you for sharing.

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    Laura Dembowski — October 10, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    Those cookies sound amazing! I love working caramel apple flavor into other desserts. Oh yeah, those Rocky Mountain caramel apples are the best. I haven’t had one in forever.

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    6 — October 11, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Oh…my…goodness! Those are the most decadent looking cookies I’ve seen in a while, and I routinely look at a lot of fabulous desserts. Great photos (as usual, I might add)!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — October 11, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    I love those Rocky Mountain caramel apples. They are like a meal, though! These cookies look so good. I love that there are little apple bits in them.

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — October 11, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    the center of the cookie has caramel! I want to take a huge bite out these cookies

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    Meg @ Sweet Twist — October 12, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    These sound awesome! I will be pinning these for future baking.

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    Barbara Kay Graff — October 12, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the cookies recipe. I am going to try the Apple Cinnamon oatmeal cookies, caramel apples cookie, and the gingersnap cookies. Making cookies is one of my favorite hobbies. I am always looking for new cookie recipes. I also collect cookbook. I got 2 new ones in the mail today. I am going to have a bal looking them thru, Barbara Kay Grafff

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    Robin — October 14, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I made these cookies least night. Everyone thought they were amazing! Thanks for providing such wonderful recipes.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — October 15, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    These cookies look amazing. All I’d need with these is a nice cup of creamy coffee.

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    Suzie — October 19, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    So much caramel recipes this season :) love it! this cookie sounds super delish! check out my baking blog, i would love to have more viewers!

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    The Better Baker — November 9, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    These look marvelous!!!!! Beautiful. I am a cookie monster and sooo would enjoy a couple (or 3?) with my morning coffee.

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    Sandy — October 21, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    Hi! I’ve made these cookies for my family and customers. They are fabulous!!!

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    Angelina — March 10, 2015 @ 11:28 am

    I Have made these several times and I have people always asking for them. They are labor intensive….but so worth it! Thanks for sharing!

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