These irresistible cookies are the exact replica of salted caramel apples in flavor. They are pillowy soft with shredded apples hiding inside. These babies melt in your mouth and they’re topped with an easy, delicious caramel frosting. These are FALL wrapped up in a few bites!
Oh my goodness, these salted caramel apple cookies are dangerously yummy. I’d describe them as cakey, pillowy, large and totally irresistible. They are SUPER easy to make, frosting included. They taste just like a caramel apple in cookie form.
HOW TO MAKE SALTED CARAMEL APPLE COOKIES
Enjoy making the perfect fall treat!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract and apple juice (make sure the apple juice is room temp or warmer or it will cause the butter not to mix well). Mix on medium speed until creamy.
Add the shredded apples pieces and stir until combined. In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice (or cinnamon). Mix well and gradually add the flour mixture to the prepared batter, stirring until combined.
Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 13 – 15 minutes. Let cookies cool on a wire rack, then prepare the frosting.
MAKE THE FROSTING: Combine the brown sugar, butter and apple juice in a medium saucepan. Cook over Medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar. Stir until creamy and immediately spoon the frosting over the cookies, topping with a sprinkling of sea salt.
Be SURE that the apple juice is at room temperature (or slightly warmer) so it doesn’t harden the butter.
Granny smith apples make a good choice in these cookies as the tartness is perfect with the delicious sweet sea salt caramel. But any of your favorite brands will work (see below for a list of options)!
If you are a lover of nuts, this could be a nice crunchy addition to the top of your cookie, as well. Buy pre-chopped pecans and sprinkle over the top of the frosting right after applying it.
For a chunkier batter and final cookie, finely chop apples as opposed to shredding them. Be sure to thoroughly pat them dry before adding them to the batter.
WHAT TYPES OF APPLES ARE GOOD FOR APPLE COOKIES?
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
ALL APPLES RECIPES
Apples aren’t just for picking from a tree – there’s so many great ways to enjoy a sweet apple treat, don’t limit yourself to just one recipe!
Appledoodles – These cookies are a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodles! Great way to use up apples in the fall!
Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce – A kid-worthy snack that is fun to prepare because it’s so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff!
Apple Pie Jam – this fall make this Amazing Apple Pie Jam! This jam tastes just like Apple Pie because it’s similar to pie filling. So get ready to be addicted. Put it on your English muffins, pancakes or with peanut butter! This is a great, DELICIOUS way to use up extra apples in the fall! Also a great gift idea!
Homemade Apple Cider – Make Homemade Apple Cider in your slow cooker! It’ll warm you from the inside out with amazing flavors and it’s so delicious. It’s a must have fall drink and tastes so much better when you make it yourself. Such a great way to use up apples in the fall. Best of all, your house will smell amazing!
Apple Coffee Cake – This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert!
Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples – Sprinkling of sea salt and a bit of chocolate turns Caramel Apples into an extravagant dessert.. Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples!
Apple Carrot Cake Muffins – Apples and carrots create the most delicious little muffin you could ever imagine. These babies are moist and yummy and will not last long in your kitchen. Great as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake – the only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.
Apple French Toast Bake – Transform classic French Toast into an appley indulgence! Prepare this easy Apple French Toast Bake recipe the night before so there’s no morning prep! It’s also wonderful as a make and bake option. Pour some maple syrup over it!
Salted Caramel Apple Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg egg at room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup apple juice at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. apple pie spice (substitution: 1 tsp cinnamon)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded apples (2 medium)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 3 tbsp. apple juice
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp. sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla and apple juice (make sure the apple juice is room temp or warmer or it will cause the butter not to mix well). Mix until creamy.
- Add the shredded apples and stir until combined. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice (or cinnamon). Mix well and gradually add to the batter, stirring until combined.
- Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes. Let cookies cool, then prepare the frosting.
- Combine the brown sugar, butter and apple juice in a medium saucepan. Cook over Medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar. Stir until creamy and immediately spoon the frosting over the cookies, topping with a sprinkling of sea salt.