Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

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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 - a brown sugar cookie cup filled with caramel and crisp cinnamon apples
Caramel Apple Cookie Cups - a brown sugar cookie cup filled with caramel and crisp cinnamon apples

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 - a brown sugar cookie cup filled with caramel and crisp cinnamon apples

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 - a brown sugar cookie cup filled with caramel and crisp cinnamon apples
Caramel Apple Cookie Cups - a brown sugar cookie cup filled with caramel and crisp cinnamon apples

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 - a brown sugar cookie cup filled with caramel and crisp cinnamon apples

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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

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

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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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