Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies

Dec 25, 2005 by Wench | 8 Comments| Share it:   



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Caramel apple cookies - two great tastes that go great together, right?

Wrong, apparently. There was not a single recipe for true cookies out there - oh sure, there were a few apple bars that you poured caramel on top of, but I felt that they were not expressive of the true intent and spirit of the cookie.

So I said the heck with it, and made up my own recipe.

Without further ado, I present… Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies.


  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 24

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  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1tsp. salt
  • 1 cup packed dried apple rings
  • 30 caramel candies

Step 1

First things first - you need to unwrap the caramels, because no one likes eating plastic.


Step 2

Next, you need to quarter all of the caramels, like so:


Step 3

Once you're done with those, take your dried apple rings. It's important not to get the ones with cinnamon on them. To measure, take a 1 cup dry measure, and cram as many apple rings as you can fit in there. Then, chop them up into leetle chunks, like so:


Step 4

You should end up with two piles of dried apples and caramels, looking like this:


Step 5

Now that the prep work is done, it's time to get cooking. Preheat your oven to 350 F, and get out a mixing bowl. In it, you should toss your butter, and both sugars.


Step 6

Cream these until smooth.


Step 7

Next, add your eggs one at a time, and beat until smooth. After your eggs, add the cider. And yes, you read correctly, that is three tablespoons of cider.


Step 8

Next, mix your dry ingredients together - the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda.


Step 9

Gradually add them to your (fairly wet) dough, mixing well.


Step 10

Step 11

Finally, add your caramel bits and apple chunks, and blend until uniformly distributed through the dough.


Step 12



Step 13

Drop the dough by the rounded tablespoon onto a non-stick cookie sheet. If you don't have a non-stick cookie sheet, line one of your others with foil and grease it. Leave at least an inch between dough balls. Bake at 350 F for fifteen minutes, or until the edges just start to brown.


Step 14

As they cook they do spread out - and the caramel does melt, which is why the non-stick properties of the cookie sheet are important. Cool the cookies on the sheet for five minutes. After this, transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. And finally, enjoy! The chewy caramel apple cookies go great with a glass of cider or milk. This recipe makes approximately 2.5 dozen cookies. They lasted approximately 4.5 minutes in my house.

Now that you have learned how to make chewy caramel apple cookies, please be sure to view these other cookies recipes. Also, you will love these American recipes.


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user does not have an avatar pharmgirl

Jan 31, 2007

I had a cookie like this in a restaurant, so I wanted to make them, too!  I followed your recipe, but found that mine spread out too much and stuck to the pan BADLY, so for the next round, I added a bit more oatmeal, flour and a little wheat germ, and used waxed paper.  It’s a thicker,smaller cookie that didn’t stick too badly.

user does not have an avatar Crystal

Oct 14, 2010

I wish you had specified what kind of “packed dried apple rings” cause there are so many. I have found crispy apple chips, dried apple rings (which are spongy) and my friend uses a dehydrator which dries them out and they’re kinda in-between the crispy and the dried version, Not spongy but also not crispy. Sooo I have no idea what kind to use. I wish you’d taken a picture of the apples in the original packaging just so I’d have a better idea of which to buy.

user does not have an avatar Carolyn

Oct 24, 2010

Can real apple chunks be used in this receipe instead of the apple rings?

user does not have an avatar Michelle

Nov 15, 2010

These cookies are really delicious but did stick to the pan so horribly that they came apart in pieces.  The next batch that I made I used parchment paper- worked great, did not stick at all!

user does not have an avatar Kerrie

Nov 22, 2010

These were amazing! I have to be honest…the first time I tried Caramel Apple Cookies was from ordering them threw a friend of mines daughters fundraising packet. After I tried them I was hooked. So I came online looking for a recipe and I found yours (which in the end after making them, eating them, and looking at them) came out looking like the $20 box of cookies I paid for!

user does not have an avatar Connie Backman

Jun 20, 2011

I like this recipe but changed a couple of things. I omitted the salt. I used 1 cup carmel chips instead of quartering the carmels and I found if you let the cookies cool between 5 and 10 minutes on the pan the come off fine.

user does not have an avatar Emily

Aug 15, 2011

I love the recipe but I will try it with butterscotch chips instead of caramel.

user does not have an avatar Brian

Sep 21, 2011

I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the recipe, and the cookies turned out marvelous.

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