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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

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Apples are everywhere right now. And, let me say, they are more delicious than ever!! A sure sign of Fall. What do you like to make with them? Maybe apple cinnamon rolls? (Yes, I do!!) Or maybe apple enchiladas? (Mmm… yummy…) What about warm apple pie? Come on, I know you love apple pie. That’s why I decided to make these little apple pie cookies!

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These cookies are drool-worthy. Seriously, how cute are they? I call them “cookies”, but they are like mini apple pies. Only made better with the addition of salted caramel!

These cuties have everything you love about homemade apple pie – from the tender, flaky, buttery crust to the delicious cinnamony apple filling. When these two are combined and drizzled with salted caramel, they become a truly decadent treat.

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I used the same dough which I did for these pumpkin empanadas. You can skip the step of making your own crust and buy a premade pie crust if you prefer, but the homemade one is more delicious, more fresh.

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I should warn you, some caramel will probably ooze out of the cookies during the baking process and make a mess, but that’s not a bad thing. The apples still will be soaked in caramel. When your cookies are done, drizzle the remaining caramel over the top of each mini pie… Of each INSANELY delicious mini pie.

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These cookies are more work than your average cookie recipe for sure, but the end result is out-of-this-world tasty. It’s a great (and delicious) way to bring a touch of fall to your home!

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies
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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , cold, cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs , whisked
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
For the caramel:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
  • 2 large apples , cored, peeled and small diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
For the egg wash:
  • 1 egg , whisked with 1 teaspoon water
  • sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
The dough:
  1. Make the dough following the directions given in this recipe. Form dough into 4 balls, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for around 30 minutes. A chilled dough is easier to handle.
The caramel:
  1. First, make sure you have all of the ingredients ready. Heat the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula (or wooden spoon). Once it starts melting, stir continuously as it cooks, until all clumps are melted down. Be careful not to burn. When the sugar is completely melted and reaches a deep amber color, immediately add all the butter. BE CAREFUL because the caramel will bubble rapidly when you do this! Stir until butter is completely melted. Immediately remove pan from heat, and carefully pour in the heavy cream. Stir until caramel is smooth. Stir in the salt. Let cool in saucepan for a couple of minutes before pouring into a mason jar. Let cool to room temperature (makes 1 cup).

The filling:
  1. Toss the diced apples and lemon juice in a medium bowl. In a separate, small bowl, stir together the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cornstarch. Pour this mixture over the apples and gently toss to combine. Set aside.

  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Assembling apple pie cookies:
  1. Work with one dough ball at a time (keep the others refrigerated till ready to use). On a floured surface roll out the dough into a thin sheet (about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick). Use a 2 1/2 to 3 inch round cookie cutter to cut as many rounds as possible from the dough. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet and repeat the process with the second dough ball. When the baking sheet is full, put it in the refrigerator. Repeat the process with the remaining dough balls. Refrigerate the dough scraps if they become too stretchy and soft. I usually place it in the freezer, so it chills faster.

  2. Place about a heaping teaspoon or so of the apple filling in the center of the circle. Add a dollop of salted caramel on top (don't add too much or it will leak out during baking). Layer a second round of dough on top and press the edges to seal. Repeat this process with the remaining circles and the filling. Refrigerate the cookies for about 30 minutes or until ready to bake.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. When all mini pies are chilled, crimp the edges of each pie with a fork. Lightly brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash, then sprinkle them with the sugar. Use a paring knife to cut slits in the top of each pie.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and golden brown (watch carefully as they can burn quickly). Remove from oven and let sit for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Microwave the remaining caramel until smooth and pourable, and drizzle over the top of each cookie. Enjoy!

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle
    September 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Oh my goodness Jovita! I have to try these, I think I might forgo my usual apple pie this year and make these little gems instead!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

      You should, Crystal! Trust me, they are REALLY yummy… 🙂

  • Reply
    Candace
    September 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    How many does this recipe make?

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 26, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Hi Candace! It makes about 20-24 cookies.

  • Reply
    Broma Bakery
    September 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Mini things are my faaavorite! These look amazingly delicious

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Totally agree with you, mini things are sooo cute!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    October 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    As much as I love homemade dough, I don’t have the patience for it. Can you rework a store bought pie crust into little sections for the cookies? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      October 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Sarah! I didn’t try a store bought pie crust, but it should work too. Just check the package directions in case there’s anything different than my instructions. If you try, let me know how it worked. 😉

  • Reply
    ami@naivecookcooks
    October 16, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Gosh girl! Fall dessert at its best!! These look super delicious!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      October 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Thank you so much, Ami!

  • Reply
    dina
    October 16, 2014 at 3:33 am

    i love the caramel. these are so cute!

  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    October 16, 2014 at 3:42 am

    What a delicious idea an apple pie cookie is! I have never made a recipe like this before – definitely need to try it out in my kitchen!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      October 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thank you Thalia, you’re so sweet!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    October 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    These sound amazing, but my boyfriend doesn’t like salted caramel. Should I just leave off the salt in the caramel?

    • Reply
      Jovita
      October 19, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Hi Sarah! Yes, just leave off the salt.

  • Reply
    Gail
    October 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    These sound absolutely wonderful!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and I can’t wait to try them! I’m sure they will be the new family favorite recipe!!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      November 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thank you, Gail! You’re so sweet!

  • Reply
    Liza
    October 27, 2014 at 12:57 am

    My brother and I made this recipe today and it was amazing!
    Everyone in the house was fighting to eat them. I don’t think they are going to last. They are so good! thank you!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      November 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

      You’re welcome, Liza! I’m so glad to hear you all loved them! 🙂

  • Reply
    TishaCM
    October 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I am soooo doing this! I’ve been on the hunt for an apple-something recipe. But this is the one that I am doing. I love empanadas, I have tons of apples from our apple-picking weekend and I love salted caramel! Bingo!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      November 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

      I saw on your website that you have tried these empanadas already. I’m so glad that you loved them! 🙂

  • Reply
    hally
    December 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Can I use any type of apples?

    • Reply
      Jovita
      December 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Hally, it’s the best to use crisp apples (like Granny Smith).

  • Reply
    Luke
    December 27, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    These were lovely! They’re so cute and tiny, and they only took me 4 hours to make! They look almost exactly like the picture, if I do say so myself http://cl.ly/Z71V

    • Reply
      Jovita
      December 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Luke, thank you so much for reporting back, I appreciate it! Yes, your cookies look exactly like mine and I’m so happy you loved them! 🙂

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