Homemade caramel apples drizzled in chocolate are always a popular fall treat, but if you want another way to enjoy the yummy combo of chocolate-caramel-apple flavor, how about baking up a batch of Chocolate Caramel Apple COOKIES?!
This is similar to a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, but with the addition of melted caramel and diced apples to the batter, and chopped chocolate-and-caramel candy bars (I used Milky Way® Simply Caramel in Fun Size) swapped out for most of the chocolate chips. I made a batch of these on Friday and they are seriously soooo good! I’m not sure if it’s the caramel or the diced apples in the batter, but they seemed to turn out even softer & doughier than traditional chocolate chip cookies.
Read on for the pictorial & full recipe…
Here’s what you’ll need (+ 1 tablespoon of milk, which I realized was missing after I took the picture)…..
Start by mixing the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside for later. Next, cream together the butter and sugars…
Then beat in the vanilla, eggs, and egg yolk until the batter is creamy.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt your caramels and milk on high, mixing once after 1 minute (to make sure the caramel doesn’t burn), then in 30 second intervals until the caramel is smooth. 1.5 minutes was all I needed for these…
Once the caramel is melted, let it cool for about 10 minutes, then add it to your wet ingredients and stir until combined. Next, add the dry ingredients…
Fold the diced apples into the batter. (To make the best use of your time, you can dice the apples while your caramel is cooling.)
And now for the chocolate-caramel yumminess… chop the chilled Milky Way® Simply Caramel Bars into small pieces until they look like this:
(Chilling the bars in the fridge for a few hours first will make them much easier to chop. If you can’t find the Fun Size bars when you’re making these, you can use 2 regular size bars instead.)
Add the chopped candy bars + 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips to the batter. This is looking pretty yummy already, right?!
Stir in the candy bars and chocolate chips. I dare you to resist tasting the batter. Personally, I found it to be impossible…
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with wax or parchment paper…
And in 10-13 minutes you should end up with a bunch of these to gobble up…
CHOCOLATE CARAMEL APPLE COOKIES
• 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 1 egg yolk
• 10 caramels, unwrapped
• 1 tbsp milk
• 1 large apple OR 2 small apples, peeled & diced
• 6 Fun Size MILKY WAY® Simply Caramel Bars, chilled & chopped
• 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside. In a large bowl, beat melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla extract, then beat in the egg and egg yolk until the mixture is well blended.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat unwrapped caramels & milk until smooth and creamy, starting with 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring once. If necessary, continue microwaving the caramel in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until completely smooth. Allow the melted caramel to cool for about 10 minutes, then pour it into the wet ingredients.
Fold in the diced apples, followed by the dry ingredients. Add chopped candy bars and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoon onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
P.S. I think it would be really cute to turn little stacks of these into edible gifts for Halloween or fall parties and package them up in little kraft boxes or brown bags embellished with a small twig “stem” & leaf on top to simulate the look of an apple. More on this idea soon… :)