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Caramel Apple Cookies

Makes 3 dozen

Equipment

  • Makes 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter {1 stick} softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried apple slices chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 4.5 oz box soft caramels

For the coating:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple pie spice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and both sugars.
  • Add eggs, then vanilla and apple juice and mix on medium speed until well combined.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • With the mixer on slow speed, slowly add the dry flour mix to the wet mix until fully combined.
  • Turn off mixer and stir in chopped apples.
  • Add dough to the fridge for 10 minutes to make it not as sticky and easier to handle.
  • Unwrap the caramel candies and cut each candy in half.
  • In a small bowl mix together sugar and apple pie spice for the topping. Set aside.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop a small ball of dough then roll in your hands.
  • Make an indentation in the center and place a caramel piece in the center of the dough.
  • Mold the dough around the caramel and re-roll if needed.
  • Roll the cookie ball in the sugar topping then place on a lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly on the baking sheet then remove to a rack to cool.