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

Shop the recipe

clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon
Caramel Apple Cookie Cups with bite out

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

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


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!



  • 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


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


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.


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.

Keywords: caramel apple recipe, caramel apple cookies, apple dessert, apple pie cookies, recipe for apple cookies, caramel in cookies, best apple dessert


This post may contain affiliate sales links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Share a Comment

Have a question? Use the form below to submit your question or comment. I love hearing from you and seeing what you made!

Recipe rating

  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 ,? 


  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!!!

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

Scripture I’m Loving

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12