Caramel Apple Cookies

Remember when it was okay for neighbors to make a tray of caramel apples for Halloween?  Remember when it was okay for us to accept one and eat it…right on the spot?  Remember that some neighbors used less than perfect apples to make their caramel apples?  What?  That never happened to you?  Well, maybe that was just our neighborhood.

These little apples are easy to make and just look so cute with all the other desserts at Thanksgiving.  The toothpick handle makes it easy to “swipe” one as they go by the counter.  What?  That never happens to you?  Well, maybe that’s just our neighborhood…

Look, all the ingredients have gathered for Thanksgiving.

Caramel Apple Cookies



  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Juice Concentrate
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Caramel Apple Handle

  • 36 Toothpicks

Caramel Apple topping

  • 30 Vanilla Caramels
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Juice Concentrate
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 3/4 cup Finely Chopped Walnuts
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees
  • Beat powdered sugar, butter and 1 Tbsp apple juice until light and fluffy
  • Stir in flour and salt until blended
  • The mixture will look a little like cornmeal. When you are shaping the balls, the dough will smooth out.
  • Shape dough into ¾” balls
  • Make sure the shaped balls have no cracks. The one on the left will fall apart when a toothpick is inserted. The one on the right will be perfect.
  • Place 1” apart on ungreased cookie sheet
  • Bake 12 – 17 minutes or until edges are light golden brown
  • Immediately insert toothpick in center of each and allow to cool completely.
  • While the cookies are cooling, combine caramels, 2 Tbsp of apple juice and 2 Tbsp water in heavy saucepan.
  • Cook until mixture is smooth, stirring constantly.
  • Spoon caramel mixture over whole cookie letting excess drip off.
  • Place walnuts on plate and press bottom of each cookie in walnuts.
  • Allow to set on sheet of waxed paper.
  • Note: If caramel gets too thick, stir in more water, ¼ tsp at a time.


“ swiping…” (Dora)

“Happy Thanksgiving” (Me)


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