Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

These Caramel Apple Cookie Cups are fall in a dessert. A brown sugar cookie cup is filled with caramel, then topped with cinnamon apples! It’s a delicious apple pie in cookie form!

For another yummy caramel apple dessert, try my heavenly Caramel Apple Trifles!

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups with a bite out of one

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups on a white plate

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups Recipe

The hubs went nuts over these cookie cups and has officially named them the best thing I’ve ever made – with some serious enthusiasm. 🙂

I have kind of fallen in love with cookie cups lately. There will be more to come. I love that they are a fun way to add more texture, layers and flavors to a cookie. The possibilities are endless when you have that little cup to fill with goodies.

Since apples and caramel are the perfect pair, and I could just eat caramel with a spoon, I filled these cookie cups with it. Topped with cinnamon apples, these are some seriously dressed up cookies.

Eaten warm, they are dangerous, addictive and taste just like fall.

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups on a white cake stand

How to Make Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

Making them is pretty simple, but there are a few parts. The cookie, the caramel and the apples.

The cookies are pretty straight forward, and bake right in a cupcake pan. They are moist and delicious even on their own.

We talked about this Easy Caramel Sauce last week, and now we are using it in these cookie cups, so I hope you went ahead and got it ready. 😉

Once it’s made, it should cool off for just a few minutes and then you pour it right into the cooled cookie cups. I filled them almost all the way, leaving a little space on top for the apples.

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups on a napkin
Caramel Apple Cookie Cups on a white plate

This caramel sauce is still somewhat soft even when cooled at room temperature. However it’s very firm when cold. Whether or not you want to chill the cookie cups with the caramel in them is your call, depending on how you’d rather have the caramel, but I left mine at room temperature.

While the caramel cools in the cookie cups, make the cinnamon apples. Just toss everything in a pan to coat and cook them until you are happy with the softness of them. I like a bit of crunch still in my apples, so that’s the time included in the directions. I also used Red Delicious apples because I think they have a nice crunch and fresh flavor to them. They’re my fave. But you can switch it up, if you like.

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups on a napkin

Spoon the apples onto the caramel when they’re ready and you have a super tasty treat. The best ever, according to the hubs.

I recommend eating them warm, preferably just after they’re made. But if you refrigerate them and eat them later, you can microwave them for 5-10 seconds to heat them back up. Seriously amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the hubs say “wow” over and over more than when he ate these. And they were overall a big hit with my taste testers. Looks like we are officially ready for fall! 🙂

Other Delicious Apple Recipes

Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Caramel Apple Trifles
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cheesecake Cookie Bars
Caramel Apple Puppy Chow
Apple Pie Lasagna

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Recipe

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16-18 Cookie Cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Caramel Apple Cookie Cups are fall in a dessert. A brown sugar cookie cup is filled with caramel, then topped with cinnamon apples! It’s a delicious apple pie in cookie form!


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Ingredients

COOKIE CUPS

  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 recipe of Caramel sauce

CINNAMON APPLES

  • 2 apples, chopped
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

1. Coat cupcake pan with non stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugars together for 5-7 minutes, until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
5. Makes balls of about 2 tbsp of dough. Press cookie dough in bottom and about 1/3-1/2 way up the sides of each cupcake cup, forming a cup shape.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. If the centers aren’t cupped enough to add filling, use the end of a wooden spoon or the bottom of a tablespoon to press the center down a bit.
8. Make caramel sauce according to instructions. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then pour into cookie cups, leaving enough space to add apples on top. I poured it into a measuring cup with a spout to make pouring easier.
9. Set cookie cups aside to allow caramel to cool while you make the cinnamon apples.
10. Combine apples, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium pan and toss to coat.
11. Add butter and cook apples for about 10-15 minutes, or until at preferred softness.
12. Top cookie cups with apples.

Notes

Cookie cups can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature for 2-3 days. Best served warm. After they’ve cooled, they can be warmed up in microwave for 5-10 seconds.

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84 Comments
  1. Lola

    I have a question, is a cupcake pan the same size as a regular muffin pan? I’m thinking about making these for our Canadian Thanksgiving! They look delicious!

  2. Kasia

    These made me popular. I’ve been baking like crazy being off work and I think this is my favorite so far. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this recipe! Thank you so much!

  3. Kerri

    THESE ARE AWESOME!!!! Made them this weekend and everyone RAVED about them! I actually made them with King Arthur’s measure for measure gluten free flour, so I could enjoy them, too! They were so good, only I knew they were GF! Thanks for sharing this and all your other amazing recipes. I can’t wait to work through them over the next 3 months!!!

  4. Gabrielle

    SO. GOOD. I made these last night (and may have just secretly had one for breakfast) and they are AMAZING. The cookie cup has an amazing texture and everything inside pairs so well with it. My cookies puffed up a lot while baking so there was so well in the center. I pushed the bottom of a shot glass into the cookies while still in the cupcake pan and it worked really well! 
    Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe. 

  5. Joann

    Hi Lindsay, I am new to your site, but so far everything I’ve seen I want to try :). I do have a question though. On the Apple Recipes, What kind of Apples do you use or suggest? Thanks for any help you can give me. I got a new daughter-in-law so her and I are going to try a lot of these  recipes (ALL) lol. 
    Have a wonderful week. 

    1. Lindsay

      It honestly depends on the recipe. For this one I believe I used Red Delicious. I have used Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp apples in other recipes. I hope that is helpful!

  6. sam

    Hey there lindsay! 
    Im not a huge fan of cinnamon and apples what filling would you recommend for these ccookie cups rather than ccinnamon apple ffilling ,? 

      thankyou!

  7. HR

    I’ve made these twice in the last week (using a different caramel recipe simply because I already had it on hand) and oh my gosh. These are amazing. I bake A LOT and several members of my family have said these are the best thing I’ve EVER made. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!! Next time I’m going to top them with fresh whipped cream and an extra caramel drizzle. 

  8. reema

    hi this was so amazing. .super tasty .kids loved it .tks a lot ..where do u get this cute cake stand n dish ..

  9. Ann

    They look so sweet. My darling tells me this is the best caramel apple cookie cups he ‘s ever eaten. He luvs this cookie very muchhh!!!

  10. Nickie

    I made these tonight for my husbands birthday (per his request from looking at the website). They turned out amazing. I loved them, he loved them and my picky kids loved them. No leftovers!!!

  11. Jasmine

    DO NOT TRY THIS RECIPE!! it came out horrible!! the dough for the cups has way too much butter. it’s an impossible pain to get it formed in the pan without having to constantly put it back in the fridge and chill it, and then because there is so much butter in it, it didn’t stay in cup shape when it baked. it melted into nothingness. this recipe sucks.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m not sure where the error was, but it sounds like too much butter was added. I promise you the amount listed is correct and should actually yield a pretty thick cookie dough. I’ve made them several times and have not had that problem.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Creaming the butter and sugars means beating them with a mixer for about 3 minutes. You’ll actually notice a change in the texture and color of the mixture. It’ll go from a little smoother to quite fluffy and get lighter in color. This adds air to the mixture and makes a nice cookie dough.

  12. Danielle

    I’ve made these twice in the last week!! These are now my favourite cookies of all time. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Betsy Wood

    My first thought was that these were made in mini muffin pans, but I believe I was wrong! Have you tried that or is there just too much going into the cookie to make that work?

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Mini ones would probably be fine, you just wouldn’t use as much caramel and apples per cookie

  14. Donna Zell

    Those caramel apple cookie cups look and sound amazingly delicious! Will definitely give them a try. Just shared the recipe on our Let’s Do Cake! facebook page!

    Thank you.
    Donna

  15. Amanda

    Looks yummy… Have one question. Can I use cornflour instead of cornstarch? Are they same? Because I have never seen cornstarch is available here. Is there any alternative or else can I ignore adding cornstarch? Please advice.
    Thanks.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m not sure where you live? I googled and it looks like cornstarch is called cornflour in some parts of the world, but here in the U.S. they are two different things.

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  17. melodie

    Hello I’m going to make these tomorrow but luv wanted to check the oven temp. It says 350degrees, is that F or C?

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  19. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Aren’t these just the cutest little apple cups ever! I love the idea and have never made a treat like this before, thanks for the idea.. it’s one that I have to make. Pinned!

  20. Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory

    I am totally obsessed with cookie cups lately too. And how cute are these?? Perfect for the upcoming fall weather. And who doesn’t love the caramel + apple combo? Genius!

  21. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron

    These are SO pretty Lindsay! All that drippy caramel – yum! And what a fun recipe. I love cookie cups and this is such a unique and fun way to fill them up! Pinned 🙂

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m not sure how they’d freeze when all put together. The cookies should freeze fine, I’m just not sure how it’d be with the caramel and apples all together.

  22. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    What an awesome Autumn recipe, Lindsay! I love cookie cups, they are just perfect for holding delicious fillings like this caramel apple one! 😀 Double thumbs up on this one!

  23. Luca Marchiori

    I love the idea of the cookie cups. Very innovative. Would be amazing with a whole host of other fruit. Hmm 🙂

  24. Miss Kim @ behgopa

    These are adorable and look so yummy. I can imagine how amazing they taste right when you spoon on that filling while the cookies are at its crispiest. Pinned too!

  25. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Holy moly. I want one of these right now!!! The cookie, the dripping caramel, the spiced apples! It’s all too much to take! Such a great idea! Pinned!

  26. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

    I think these adorable little cookie cups will be the first thing I bake this fall – they look phenomenal!!

  27. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    I can see my husband being impressed with these too! I don’t like apple pie very much because of the crust, but these cookie cups with brown sugar and cinnamon are definitely something I’d eat with reckless abandon…

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Oh yea, if you aren’t into pie crust, the cookie would solve that! 🙂 Thanks Heather!

  28. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    How adorable are these?! I can’t think of a more perfect way to kickoff fall baking ;). I so wish I could sink my teeth into one of them right about now. Caramel apples are the best, especially on top of cookie cups!! Pinned!

  29. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I can’t see why he called them the best thing that you have made! These cookie cups look incredible!

  30. Beth @ bethcakes

    These cookie cups are so cute! I love the idea of apple pie in these cups instead of pie crust. Such a fun twist on apple pie! 🙂

  31. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Yes! Cookie cups are the best! I love love love apple pie filling. I went through a Costco sized bag of apples this past weekend!

  32. Mir

    Your husband is understandably wowed by these. Such a creative idea for cookie cups! They’re like little cookie pies full of autumn goodness. Must try!

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