i should be mopping the floor: Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies

Monday, September 28, 2015

Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies

These Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies are a mouthful of autumn!
Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies with Two Icing Options | The perfect fall cookie...either with a praline-like glaze or a cake-like frosting! Delicious.
I'm a big fan of cookies. I'm a big fan of apples, too. But more importantly...cookies. When I set out a couple of weeks ago to make some fallish cookies, it occurred to me that I didn't want to go on pumpkin overload this year (honestly, I have an obsessive personality and can go on overload anything if I'm given carte blanche...pumpkin especially). I mean, I definitely love pumpkin, but I also want to bring in a few more fall flavors into my baking this year. 
But, y'all...I make these pumpkin cookies that I found over on Heather Bullard's blog years ago (although, I think she has removed the link, because I absolutely can't find it anywhere...sniff, sniff) and I really love not only the taste...but also the texture. They're a big fluffy cookie with a luscious frosting that kind of makes my heart skip a beat. And of course...they are all pumpkin-y inside. I wanted to find another fall cookie with that type of texture, but an entirely different flavor. And these Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies are all of that...and more! Check out the recipe below.

Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies with Two Icing Options | The perfect fall cookie...either with a praline-like glaze or a cake-like frosting! Delicious.
This is a bit of an ongoing story from last week's Pumpkin Pull Apart Rolls (click here for those)...but a while back at the home improvement store, I found myself reading this awesomesauce Fall Baking magazine while standing in the longest checkout line, ever. Those magazines are well-placed for people like me to gawk at them for just enough time that they end up going home with me (of course, they do). One of the recipes was for Caramel Apple Cookies. While I definitely deviated from the original recipe in the magazine (I'm from Texas, we put pecans in the cookie...not on it, y'all), the flavors are all still there. And they're very similar to the pumpkin cookies I talked about above...nice and fluffy!
I ended up making the cookies three times...because I wanted to get the taste just to my liking. The only problem with that is the icing...everyone who tried it loved a different one. I prefer the softer-cake-like icing that I whipped up for a second batch. My husband (and some of his coworkers) love the harder glaze-like one that the magazine recommended. So, I ended up including both of those recipes below for you. The glaze is definitely yummy...more of a praline-like consistency, if you ask me. But I was drawn to a softer frosting to make them more like the pumpkin cookies I adore so much. 
Another change I made was the size of the cookies...the original recipe called for 1/4 cup of dough. Oh, holy, y'all...that's a big ol' cookie. I scaled back to a heaping tablespoon of dough, which still provides a very large cookie. I also refrigerate my dough so it firms up a bit and doesn't spread as much when baked. This helps keep that nice, puffy, air-like texture in the cookie.

Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies with Two Icing Options | The perfect fall cookie...either with a praline-like glaze or a cake-like frosting! Delicious.
Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies 

adapted from BHG's Fall Baking magazine

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. apple pie spice (I like this one here, affiliate)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, shredded (I use a food processor to shred mine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans 
Cookie Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
Cream butter on medium speed with a mixer in a large bowl. Add brown sugar, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt and continue to mix for two minutes, scraping bowl intermittently. Add in beaten egg and apple juice and beat until just combined. Beat in flour, but don't over-mix. Fold in apple and pecans.
Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
Drop by heaping tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet, 2 inches a part. Bake for 13-15 minutes, checking to make sure they're not over-baked.
Cool on cookie sheet and then transfer to wire racks after two minutes. 

Frosting Option #1 (harder, praline-like glaze):
Combine 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, 4 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons apple juice in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Gradually, stir in 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar. Immediately spoon over cookies. Work quickly as it hardens fast.

Frosting Option #2 (softer, cake-like frosting):
Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup sifted powdered sugar. Cool frosting slightly and add additional powdered sugar to bring frosting to the consistency you prefer. Spread over cooled cookies.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.



Glazed Caramel Apple Cookies with Two Icing Options | The perfect fall cookie...either with a praline-like glaze or a cake-like frosting! Delicious.
What is your favorite flavor to bake with in the fall?





32 comments:

  1. Those cookies look soooooo delicious. I can already feel the caramel aroma in my mouth. Can't wait to make a panful of them. I'm pretty sure they are going to be highly praised at home. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You are too sweet, Tina! Thank you! They are a crowd pleaser for sure!

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  2. This is such a great idea. I never thought about using apples in my cookies before.

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    1. I'm glad I could share something new with with you, Harriet! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  3. Oh those are just simply divine. I can not wait to make these for my kids.

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  4. Those look so good! What a unique way to enjoy caramel apples.

    Michelle F.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! These are like the yummy, grow- up version of the caramel apple, lol!

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  5. I can go on pumpkin overload myself, but apples are one of my favorite favorite favorite fall treats. Can't wait to make oodles of these yummy co

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    1. Haha! The struggle is real! ;) Thank you bunches for stopping by, Melanie! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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  6. Oh wow. These look so good. I will definitely be making a batch of these soon!

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  7. Pinned! Adding this recipe to my bake sale list!

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    1. Thanks for the pin, Jamie! I hope these cookies are a hit!

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  8. This looks like a great recipe! I love caramel apples so I'll have to try these cookies.

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  9. My favorite scent in Fall is clove. I haven't used it for baking though.. how silly of me!

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    1. Lol! It is a fantastic scent--and so indicative for fall! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  10. Mmmmm I'm a sucker for apple anything this time of year!

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    1. Haha! Me too! I hope you enjoy the recipe! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  11. These sound really, really good and easy. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. They are! Thank you bunches for stopping by, AnnMarie!

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  12. Yum! These sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing on "Best of the Weekend" so that I discovered this recipe. Pinning!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet words--and for the pin, Paula!

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  13. Oh my goodness, i love caramel, i would love this I though.

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    1. They are super yummy! I'm sure you would enjoy them! Thank you for stopping by, Nicole!

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  14. Looks so delicious!! Perfect fall cookie...or anytime :)

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    1. Haha! Yes! I have a feeling I will be making these many times throughout the year! Thank you for stopping by, Crystal!

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  15. That glaze is killing me - I need these cookies!

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  16. Yummy!! I love those kind of cookies!! I would like to invite you to my DIY Crush Craft Party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday. I'll pin every post!! ;)

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  17. This looks absolutely amazing! Pinned and tweeted. You always bring the most amazing creations to our party. Thank you! I hope to see you again, this Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn't be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

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