These caramel apple cookies have the best flavors of fall packed into one amazing package. They are so rich and moist – you’ll love them!
Although it is still hot outside around here, when I see the school buses starting to pick up the kids on the corner I can’t help but start dreaming about fall.
And since there aren’t pumpkins at the farmer’s market yet I decided to get to baking with one of my other favorite fall ingredients . . . apples!
Today I’m going to share the most delicious recipe with you that has the best flavors of fall packed into one amazing cookie. These caramel apple cookies are rich, moist and full of fall flavors.
They are the perfect way to indulge in those fall feelings you know you are starting to have! Here’s how to make these frosted caramel apple cookies:
Caramel Apple Cookie Recipe
For the Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, (softened)
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, (packed)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg(s)
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 large tart apple(s), such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and coarsely shredded (about 1 cup)
For the Frosting
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, (packed)
- 3 T butter
- 3 T apple juice
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
For the Cookies
- In a large mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
- Add brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
- Beat in egg until well combined.
- Add 1/2 cup apple juice; beat on low speed until combined.
- Beat in as much of the flours as you can with the mixer; stir in any remaining flour.
- Fold in apple.
- Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
- Bake in 350F oven about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
- Let stand 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
For the Frosting
- In a small saucepan heat and stir 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons apple juice over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
- Whisk in powdered sugar. Spread frosting on cooled cookies and immediately sprinkle with pecans.
- If frosting begins to harden, stir in a small amount of apple juice to achieve spreading consistency.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 26gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g
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adapted from: Midwest Living
Don’t they look delicious? Adding fresh apple adds the perfect amount of moisture and apple flavor, and topping them off with pecans gives them the most perfect nutty crunch!
What are your favorite fall recipes you are itching to make once the seasons change? I’d love to hear! And be sure to come visit my sister and me as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at The Pretty Life Girls.
If you liked this recipe, I’d love for you to check out these other autumn food and drink recipes I think you’ll like: