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Caramel Apple Cookies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 14th, 2012

Caramel Apple Cookies are cakey and delicious with a heavenly, thick frosting. 

Yield: 40 cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Caramel Apple Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies

I will never not love cookies. They’re easy, transportable, and almost always delicious. Plus they’re just perfect with a glass of cold milk. Or in my case, almond milk (I’ve been loving that stuff lately).

These caramel apple cookies are not your traditional cookie. They’re definitely more cakey and the caramel frosting makes for an incredible overall mouth feel. The cookies have applesauce in them but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking these are healthy in any way.

Does anyone watch “New Girl” on Fox? Last night’s episode had me cracking up when Schmidt was going on about his Tahitian vanilla and conical coffee bean burr grinder. I felt like those jokes were written just for food bloggers.

Recipe Rundown

Taste: Caramel + apple + cinnamon = heaven.
Texture: These are definitely cakey cookies. They are a bit firm and chewy around the edges though. The caramel frosting sets beautifully for a thick, cracking texture.
Ease: Pretty easy. This recipe does make a lot of cookies, you could halve it if you wanted.
Appearance: Cookies with caramel frosting drizzling down the sides are bound to tempt you.
Pros: These cookies are perfect for practically any occasion.
Cons: None, really. Except these aren’t exactly diet-friendly.
Would I make this again? Yes.

How to make
Caramel Apple Cookies

Yield: 40 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Caramel Apple Cookies are cakey and delicious with a heavenly, thick frosting. 


For the applesauce cookies:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons, 1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups plain applesauce

For the caramel frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


For the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add the applesauce and beat until combined. Mixture will look slightly grainy. On medium-low speed, slowly add the flour mixture until incorporated.
  4. Drop 1-1/2 tablespoonfuls of batter onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are set and slightly browned. Let cookies cool on pans for 5 minutes then remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the butter, cream, and brown sugar. Heat until mixture just begins to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool completely then whisk in the confections' sugar. Dip the cookies into the frosting. Let set at room temperature until caramel frosting is no longer sticky.
  2. Store cookies in one layer in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Chef-in-Training
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    bashfulbao — March 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    These cookies look awesome! And I totally agree with you about the New Girl episode, it was hilarious.

  2. #
    Andy — March 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    mmmmmm I am so going to try these._

  3. #
    Chung-Ah — March 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I'm definitely a cakey-type of cookie girl. It's the only way to eat cookies!

    And having these cookies on my kitchen table would really help me wake up and start my day. Looks great, Tessa!

  4. #
    Melissa — March 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Those look soooo good! I just want to reach my hand into the computer screen and grab one! The frosting looks awesome!

  5. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — March 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Oooh, these look so good. Love that frosting!

  6. #
    Lisa @Snappy Gourmet — March 15, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I love the combination of apple, caramel, and cinnamon!

  7. #
    Cathleen — March 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Oh yum! I once tried making caramel apple cookies, but they didn't look half as good as these!!

  8. #
    Tracey — March 16, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Holy yum, do those ever look good Tessa!! I need to try these asap.

  9. #
    Marianne_Lee — March 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Thank you for sharing to us the procedure and recipe of this cookies. It really looks yummy and delicious for me. VZ 58

  10. #
    Julie — March 17, 2012 at 2:11 am

    That episode of New Girl cracked me up too!!

  11. #
    Kammie — March 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

    um, WOW! Gonna make these very soon! SO good!

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