Caramel Apple Cookies


A soft, deliciously spiced cookie that tastes just like a caramel apple? Yes please! If you like caramel apples then you will love these cookies! They are loaded with Granny Smith apples (the traditional apple of choice for the real deal) and I also tossed those apples with lemon to enhance the slight tartness (so it doesn’t just fade away entirely once baked into the cookies). They have the perfect amount of cinnamon and nutmeg, just enough to highlight the cookie without overpowering and they are laced with the delicious flavor of brown sugar (both in the frosting and the cookie) to mimic the rich, toffee-like flavor of caramel. And these are finished with pecans both to add a contrasting light crunch and because they are such a great topping choice on a real caramel apple.

Caramel Apple Cookies | Cooking Classy

It’s always fun to try new cookie recipes and you can never have enough, especially when it comes to one like this that is just pure deliciousness! Caramel apple + cookie, yes you really need them :). Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Cookies | Cooking Classy

Caramel Apple Cookies

5 from 1 vote

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup peeled and shredded Granny Smith apple (from about 2 small)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (scant - just remove 1 Tbsp) frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed but still cold


  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp apple juice concentrate
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Maldon salt for sprinkling (optional)


  1. For the cookies:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg for 20 seconds, set aside. In a separate bowl, toss shredded apple with lemon juice, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together butter and brown sugar until creamy (if not using a paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, then occasionally stop mixer throughout entire mixing process and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl). Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Mix in half of the flour mixture, then with mixer running on low speed, slowly add in apple juice concentrate, then mix in remaining half of the flour mixture. Fold in shredded apples (and the juices with apples). Scoop dough out with a medium 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For the frosting:
  5. In a small saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, apple juice concentrate and salt. Heat mixture over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over cookies (I recommend a fairly thin layer as this frosting is very sweet), and immediately sprinkle with pecans and Maldon (if using. The frosting will set quickly so don't wait to add toppings). As frosting cools it will thicken, so add 1/2 tsp warm water at a time to thin as needed for a more spreadable consistency. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
  6. Recipe Source: inspired by Midwest Living

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  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen: What’s not to love about caramel + apples?! These look so amazing! September 9, 2014 at 12:13pm Reply

  • Jana @ Tea Time Blog: Yum!!! Thanks for this great recipe!!!

    It would be awesome if you could share this recipe in my Tuesday Recipe Link up on my Blog:

    Have a lovely day!!! Jana September 9, 2014 at 12:57pm Reply

  • Leslie: From start to finish these look amazing! September 9, 2014 at 1:22pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: What a fantastic idea, Jaclyn! Love all those flavors and love cookies so these are perfect in my book. Can’t wait to try them! September 9, 2014 at 2:37pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I’m so impressed that you baked apples into the cookies because baking with fruit can be tricky because of the moisture content. These look fabulous and between these and your last caramel apple recipe, I’m ready for some caramel apples :) September 9, 2014 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts: I love caramel apples and I’m loving these cookies – yum! September 9, 2014 at 3:46pm Reply

  • Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker): Wow, these look wonderful. Great inspiration to combine the flavors of caramel apple and cookie! I love the combination of pecans and apples. Bookmarking this to try soon. September 9, 2014 at 6:11pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: These cookies are a perfect treat for this fall! Love the frosting! September 9, 2014 at 7:40pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love caramel apples, these cookies are just perfect! September 9, 2014 at 8:50pm Reply

  • Matt Robinson: Love these! Always a favorite flavor combo of mine since I was a kid. These look so good! September 9, 2014 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I have made so many caramel apple things. But never cookies. Need these cookies! September 10, 2014 at 6:43am Reply

  • Deborah: I love these Jaclyn – they look amazing!!! September 10, 2014 at 7:52am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Perfect fall cookies! Love the frosting! September 11, 2014 at 10:37am Reply

  • Medeja: These cookies look like little cakes! Delicious! September 12, 2014 at 4:56am Reply

  • Jan Baroni: Looks like another fantastic recipe!! Haven’t tried it yet but certainly will!! Also copied your Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars and look forward to making them very soon. I just started checking out Pinterest recipes and yours really stood out as delicious and fun! Thanks for sharing! September 14, 2014 at 3:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jan! September 29, 2014 at 2:26pm Reply

  • kita: These sound awesome! September 15, 2014 at 7:43pm Reply

  • Gina: Can you do these as bar cookies too? September 16, 2014 at 9:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would work just fine. September 16, 2014 at 10:54am Reply

  • Holly Smith: Jaclyn I made these wonderful cookies today. The only problem was the icing did harden very fast making difficult to ice with a thin layer and then have pecans to stick on top. After a few attempts I thinned the icing stiffer than a glaze. I then dunked the cookie top into the icing and then into the crushed pecans. It worked like a charm and the icing is thin so not too sweet. Great flavor combinations and very moist. Family loved them. September 17, 2014 at 5:34pm Reply

  • Pam: can these be frozen? September 18, 2014 at 1:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I prefer them fresh but they’d probably freeze okay. September 19, 2014 at 2:40pm Reply

  • maria leticia satt correa: i liked September 19, 2014 at 7:30am Reply

  • katie: Hiya,

    I was wondering what you mean by shredded apple?

    Thanks, the recipe looks delish :) September 25, 2014 at 12:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I should have been more specific, it’s shredded in the large holes of a box cheese grater. September 25, 2014 at 1:48pm Reply

  • Michelle: Are these supposed to be cake like? September 27, 2014 at 3:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes these are more of a soft and cake-like cookie instead of a chewy more dense cookie. September 28, 2014 at 12:41am Reply

  • Anu: Could I use apple cider instead of apple juice? That’s what I have in the fridge now. October 4, 2014 at 7:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would probably be fine as long as it’s a concentrate. October 4, 2014 at 10:59am Reply

  • Kristina: Like everyone else, I have an abundance of apples to utilize after our annual picking excursion. Can’t wait to try this delicious looking recipe! One question, must the apples be Granny Smith? I know they are great for baking, but since they’re going in shredded, perhaps texture is not such a huge concern? I’m wondering if Macintosh might also work. I have a LOT of them! October 7, 2014 at 2:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think any good baking apple should work just fine. I hope you love them! November 4, 2014 at 10:41pm Reply

  • JUDY CHRISTOPHERSON: Do you use 1/2 cup of frozen apple juice concentrate in the cookie batter or 1 tablespoon? October 12, 2014 at 10:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry for the confusion technically it would be 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp but I thought it’s easiest just to measure a scant 1/2 cup or in other words taking away 1 tbsp from the half cup. But that scant half cup will be what you put into the mixture. October 16, 2014 at 1:16am Reply

  • Danielle: I made these cookies today – they turned out great! The frosting does get hard quick, but adding a little water helped a lot. I will make these again for sure, as the batch went quick! Thanks for a great new recipe to add to my baking collection! October 15, 2014 at 9:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Danielle! Thanks for your feedback! October 15, 2014 at 10:26pm Reply

  • Ely: I liked these cookies but the cinnamon and nutmeg made it taste a little bit more like apple pie cookies rather than Apple caramel cookies. Thanks for the recipe!! December 21, 2014 at 12:27am Reply

  • Mr.Fabulous, the gardevoir: What an ever-so-lovely recipe, Jaclyn-dear! Could I please have thy permission to incorporate this little dish into my bakeshop’s menu? November 19, 2015 at 8:09pm Reply

  • Karen: I love the idea of this! How long will these last for in a container? I don’t think hubbie and I can eat 3 dozen at once. :) March 14, 2016 at 1:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should last probably 4 – 6 days refrigerated. Sorry I can’t say for sure since they didn’t last that long around here :). I hope you both love them! March 16, 2016 at 8:45pm Reply

  • Lisa: These are delicious! Hubby said they are one of the top cookies I’ve made! Thank you! September 21, 2017 at 5:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad! Thanks for such a great review Lisa! September 22, 2017 at 10:38am Reply

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