This girl is a sucker for a yummy caramel apple! However, I don't eat them very often because they can be kind of messy. So since I love cookies with yummy frosting this time of year, I decided why not try a Caramel Apple Cookie! Maybe throw in some of my beloved Honeycrisp. Add a little apple butter for the moist factor. The result is a cookie that to me rivals or is almost better than the Pumpkin Drop Cookies I shared HERE.

I have fond memories of unwrapping Carmel after Kraft caramel to melt and dip apples in with my mom! Fall harvest parties just meant you absolutely had to have caramel apples back in the day. Our sons are crazy about the caramel apple suckers but now I am over the moon for these Caramel Apple cookies! Mr. Nine thought so too, I heard "these cookies are great several times." Those Pumpkin drop are usually my favorite of my fall cookie repertoire, but these might've taken the lead.

If you try no cookie recipe this fall, trust me when I say try this one, especially if you like Apples and caramel! The Apple flavor is very mild and the caramel frosting signs on these moist cookies.
What you'll need

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 peeled and shredded honey crisp apple 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Apple Butter
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Juice
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp apple juice 
  • 1 Tbsp whipping cream or half and half
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Nuts..optional

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg for 20 seconds, set aside. In a separate bowl, toss shredded apple with lemon juice, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter and brown sugar until creamy. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Mix in half of the flour mixture and mix on low speed, slowly add in apple juice, then mix in remaining half of the flour mixture. Fold in shredded apples that have been mixed with the lemon juice. Scoop dough out with a spoon (about 2 inch wide dough mounds) and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets spacing cookies 2-inches apart or a baking stone. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the frosting: In a small saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, apple juice, cream and salt. Heat mixture over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over cookies in a thin layer. The frosting will set quickly so. Add the optional nuts now if desired. As frosting cools it will thicken, so add 1/2 tsp warm water at a time to thin as needed for a more spreadable consistency. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

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  1. Yum! I always loved melting caramel over apples in the fall for a treat! These look so tasty!

    Doused In Pink

  2. Caramel apples are soooo good, but you are right about them being hard to eat. These cookies look absolutely perfect. I am pinning them all over and definitely want to make them soon!

  3. These look amazing! Much easier to eat than the apples too. :-) Thank you for sharing and I hope that your week is off to a great start! :-)

  4. Yum! I am planning to make caramel apples this weekend, but I love the idea of making them into a cookie! I bet they are so soft and delicious. And that frosting! I would probably just eat it by itself haha!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  5. My hubby loves apple desserts..may have to try these. So yummy.

  6. This takes all the mess out of caramel apples! LOVE! So smart, doll!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. MMM this looks so delicious! Pinning and making! I miss unwrapping caramels for any reason, I wish they still made them. Or maybe they do and I just don't see them anymore?

  8. Ahhhh these cookies look so yummy!!!! I love apple anything so I know I would love these!

  9. I saw that icing on top & instantly said YEP!!! out loud :)

  10. I like caramel apples too but that messy part keeps me away from them. This could be a nice alternative! And cookies, well they happen to be a weakness of mine :) Beautifully Candid

  11. These sound absolutely perfect for fall!! We made some last year, but they were from a box mix from Target, so I'm sure these are a hundred times better than those since they're from scratch! Oh man, you're making me hungry!

  12. My oldest is such an apple and cinnamon lover - I bet he would think these were the best! I'm might just try them!!!

  13. Again..... these look super good ! Thanks for sharing the recipe :) This weekend I plan on baking these ~!

  14. These look great-- perfect for this time of year!

  15. Oh my goodness YUM!!!! These look incredible! I sometimes think apples get the shaft in the fall, but you are bringing them back! I need to make these ASAP!

  16. Bet that icing can get addictive. Apples are so good in so many things. Come share at Family Joy Blog Linkup at If you cant make it this week it starts again Sunday-Wednesday next week.

  17. Those cookies look so good!!!! Mouthwatering, yum!

  18. These sound delicious especially the frosting! I would eat that by the spoon if life was fair and it had no calories. Since the weather is showing signs of Fall here, I'm finally thinking about all the Fall and pumpkin recipes.

  19. Oh my goodness! I remember opening all those little Kraft caramels, too!! These cookies look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Yum! I love this, thanks for sharing! :)

  21. I love how your favorite fall dessert inspired a new cookie recipe for you! I love that you add apple to the dough! That means it's healthy right?

  22. These look sooooooo good. The caramel apple suckers are a favorite of mine, even if they hurt my teeth sometimes.

  23. Yummy! I made sugar cookie with butterfinger yesterday...yeah that was nice LOL!

  24. Delicious! Apple and cinnamon makes me think about Christmas! Love it!

  25. So perfect for this time of year! :)

  26. These caramel apple cookies look heavenly. Great for fall.

  27. Yummy!
    These look fantastic!

  28. Yum! Can I just come to your house and hang out?

  29. Looks like the perfect fall cookie!

  30. These look soooo good and I pinned to view later. Thanks...
    here from Poofing....

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