Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

I'll admit that I'm not crazy about caramel apples in general. All that super sticky caramel makes me worry that my fillings are going to pop out, and I would NOT like that to happen.

But, that doesn't mean that I don't still like the flavor of a caramel apple. This got me to thinking about creating a Caramel Apple Cookie Cup, especially when I saw some dried apples at the grocery store. I'm sure all food bloggers are the same way - you see some sort of foodstuff at the store and instead of thinking, "I want to eat some of that," you think, "What can I make with that?" Isn't that true?

Anyway, back to the cookie cups. I added the chopped apples to a lightly cinnamon spiced cookie base and filled them with a caramel buttercream. And, because you can never have too much caramel, I drizzled them with a little more. The warm flavors came together so wonderfully. One bite and you'll be in autumn-y ecstasy. And, I promise that when you eat these, your fillings (if you have any) will stay put.

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups (created by Sweet as Sugar Cookies)

1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
dash allspice
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. chopped dried apples

Caramel Buttercream Frosting:

8 Tbsp. butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. caramel ice cream topping

For the cookie cups:

Cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the vanilla and egg and beat well. Combine the dry ingredients and add, mixing well. Stir in the chopped dried apples.

Grease mini muffin tins. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full with the dough. Bake at 350F for 10-12 min. until a toothpick comes out clean. While still warm, make a well in the center of each cup with a small spoon or your finger. Chill the tins in the fridge for at least 30-60 min. before removing the cookies.

For the buttercream frosting:

Cream the butter with the powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the caramel ice cream topping. You can add more caramel if you want a stronger flavor.

For the assembly:

After the cookie cups have chilled, remove them from the tins. Fill them with the frosting and drizzle with more caramel, if desired.

Makes approximately 40 cookie cups


  1. Yum, yum, yum!!!! Pinned! Now to go find some dried apple chips or maybe just make my own!

  2. These look like the best yet! Wow!

  3. These look amazing! I am going to try them!

  4. I love these! I totally am saving them to make them!

  5. Original, cute and mouth-watering recipe! They look so good!...and happens the same to me when I'm doing my grocery shopping, when I see some nice big strawberries I rapidly start thinking "hmm...I could make a yummy cheesecake with them!". ;-)

  6. Another wonderful recipe!
    I'm pinning this

  7. Those look so yummy. I am making these very soon! My family will love this one for sure.

  8. I love a taste of Autumn and would love a dozen of these! Terrific recipe!

  9. this makes me think of fall flavors, but i wouldn't let that stop me

  10. i made these today...even though i somehow managed to forget the baking soda i had sitting on the counter, they still came out very good! next time i'll try putting a packet or 2 of dried apple cider drink mix to make the apple flavor a little stronger. thanks for the great recipe!

  11. i made these today and they came out really good even though i somehow managed to forget the baking soda i had sitting on the counter! next time i'll also try adding a packet or 2 of dry apple cider drink mix to add a little more apple flavor. thanks for the recipe!