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Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe

I love Fall.  I love jeans and hoodies and piles of brown, crunchy leaves and warm apple cider and pumpkin carving…

And caramel.

I really love caramel.

I’ve recently become addicted to anything and everything salted caramel from Starbucks – hot chocolates, mochas, Frappuccinos, cake pops…it’s all amazing. And then, at the grocery store, I saw Kraft’s Caramel Bits.  AKA – I can use little bits of caramel in a recipe without unwrapping a million individual pieces.  Love.

Combine bits of caramel with dried apple chunks, throw them in a cookie, and you have warm, gooey, sweet bites of Fall (like most cookies, they’re fantastic fresh out of the oven!).

Be warned – the caramel bits can stick to the pan a little.  It helped when I let the cookies cool on the pan for a few more minutes than normal so that the cookies didn’t fall apart when the spatula caught on the caramel.  Or just use a Silpat. They were well worth it!


Caramel Apple Cookies

  • Yield: 2


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (11 oz) package caramel bits
  • 1 cup dried apples, chopped


  1. Cream butter and both sugars.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt with a fork or whisk.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet butter mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Fold in caramel bits and dried apples.
  6. Drop dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet in tablespoon sized pieces.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
This Post Has 7 Comments
  1. These look amazing!! Next to candy corn I love caramel..I'm going to attempt caramel apples this year. Maybe you should first and show me how;) wish you were here and we could cook together!
  2. Hi Becky!
    We made these today - they're fab!!
    My 15yod said they are THE BEST cookies she's had in her whole life, LOL
    (she's had a lot of cookies!)
    The dried apples were a pain to chop/dice (sticky sponges, LOL)
    I used my BIG knife and dusted them with flour from the recipe -
    made it a lot easier.
    We use parchment paper on our trays and YES, we had to let them SIT an the caramel come back to room temp to get them off in one piece.
    Mailing these out in Fall Care packages today!!
    These will be a family favorite!!
    Thank you, Becky!!
  3. That's such high praise! Thank you for coming back and letting me know how they went over! I agree that dicing dried apples can be sticky, but I love your flour tip! And I'm glad you let them sit to keep them intact! So flattered that you like these enough to send them into Fall care packages! And I LOVE the idea of sending those - what a thoughtful thing to do!

    P.S. See?! I promise, I try to show how much a recipe yields! ;-)
  4. Thanks, friend! Caramel apples can be so messy and mine never seem to come out looking as nice as I like them to!

    I wish I was there, know I'd love to cook with you any day! We've both come a long way since our days of frozen pizzas and Kraft mac & cheese! ;-)
  5. A bakery in my town used to sell these and last year, to my disappointment, I found out that they bought them from another bakery and couldn't get them anymore. So I have been searching for this recipe for a year now and wow, these were fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!

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