{Recipe} Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies

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Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

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. 

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

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)…..

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

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…

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

Then beat in the vanilla, eggs, and egg yolk until the batter is creamy.

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

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…

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

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.)

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

And now for the chocolate-caramel yumminess… chop the chilled Milky Way® Simply Caramel Bars into small pieces until they look like this:

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

(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?!

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

Stir in the candy bars and chocolate chips. I dare you to resist tasting the batter. Personally, I found it to be impossible…

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with wax or parchment paper…

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

And in 10-13 minutes you should end up with a bunch of these to gobble up…

Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe




•    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… :)

*This is a modified version of caramel apple cookie recipes found at Picky Palette and Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. Thanks for the inspiration!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

21 responses to “{Recipe} Chocolate Caramel Apple Cookies”

  1. Greenderella says:

    Wow, these look dangerously good! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :-)

  2. What a great idea for a cookie! These look delish!

  3. JulieB says:

    Will definitely be trying this recipe! Jenn do you recommend a certain brand of caramels?

  4. Marki Williams says:

    Jenn – about how many cookies does this recipe make?

  5. Aimee says:

    That looks YUMMY! was it too sweet ?

  6. jenn s. says:

    We didn’t think the cookies were too sweet at all! Especially if you’re a fan of caramel :)

  7. Bridget says:

    I’m making these tomorrow for a school coffee, but could not find the Simply Caramel bars – hoping the Hershey’s Treasures in caramel will suffice!

  8. Monica says:

    I have been searching all over for the perfect little treat to bring to a Halloween party. Can’t wait to bake these!!!

  9. lindsey says:

    I tried making these lastnght and the batter as delicious! But the cookies wouldn’t come off the pan :-( I was so disappointed that I had to throw them away. I used wax paper, maybe I need parchament paper? i am determined to try them again! any suggestions?

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Lindsey –
      I think it would be a good idea to try the parchment paper. I usually opt for that, but I was out of parchment paper when I made these, and for whatever reason the wax paper did work okay for me. As long as the recipe was followed correctly then I can’t think what else the problem could be! Hope they work out better for you the next time – I do think they’re good enough to be worth attempting more than once :)

  10. Michelle Smith says:

    I am making a batch right now!! I can’t wait to taste.

  11. Donna says:

    I just made these this afternoon and they are delicious! Since these cookie spread out very flat it is best to keep them on the parchment or Silpat for a while before attempting to place them on the cooling rack. I left them on the pan for about 15 minutes and it worked well. Any cookie that scrunched up or tore was eaten quickly…by me.

  12. jill says:

    I can’t wait to make these for the hoildays.My grand-children are going to love these.

  13. Teddy Big says:

    Those chocolate chips and caramel are so delicious. I love this combination so much. My kids saw this and they want me to bake some for their afternoon snack tomorrow. Thanks for sharing it.

  14. Hilary says:

    My caramel cubes didn’t do so hot….they hardened up pretty fast and I had one big glob of caramel…???

  15. I took some friends out trick-or-treating and I told the oldest that if he would give me all his Milky Ways that I would give him cookies. I cannot wait to make these – they look so amazing!

  16. Melody says:

    My caramel cubes turned into a big glob the first time I tried! =( I tried again and microwaved them 15 seconds at a time. It worked much better. I also didn’t have Milky Way Simply Caramel on hand, so I used Snickers! Delicious!

  17. Sara says:

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Sara –
      It’s been over a year since I made this, but I believe it yielded about 2 dozen cookies – I always make the cookies on the larger side though ;)