Salted Caramel Apple Cookies

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Now onto the elephant in the room, er...the giant, mouth-watering cookie on your screen. Oh my goodness, these were dangerously yummy. I'd describe them as cakey, pillowy, large and totally irresistible.

Sometimes I shy away from baking because it can be time-consuming. These cookies are super easy, even with the frosting.

Be SURE that the apple juice is at room temperature (or slightly warmer) so it doesn't harden the butter.

And as you can see, it helps to have a super-cute little helper. Makes a world of difference. :)

Salivating yet? Grab a couple apples and turn on your oven! Have a great Wednesday, wonderful readers.

Salted Caramel Apple Cookies

Adapted from this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Sep 30, 2015

Serves: 20

Total time: 50 min

Salted

Ingredients:

  • COOKIES
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice (substitution: 1 tsp cinnamon)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded apples (~2 medium)
  • FROSTING
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
Instructions:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.