Caramel Apple Cookies


No one outgrows a love of gooey caramel apples. Bake the same apple flavor into chewy cookies and top with finger-licking-good caramel icing.

Caramel Apple Cookies
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
48 mins


  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup apple juice

  • 2 ¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled, cored, and coarsely shredded (1 cup)

  • ¾ cup golden raisins

  • 2 tablespoon margarine

  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • 1 ¾ cup sifted powdered sugar

  • Fat-free milk

  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat shortening and the 1 1/4 cups brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add egg; beat 1 minute. Add apple juice; beat at low speed until blended. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Add to egg mixture, beating at low speed until combined. Fold in apple and raisins.

  2. Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls 1-1/2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire racks and cool.

  3. Heat margarine, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and water over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in sifted powdered sugar. If frosting begins to harden, stir in small amount of fat-free milk to make of spreading consistency. Spread cookies with Caramel Frosting and sprinkle with walnuts. Makes about 72.

Make-Ahead Tip:

  1. Freeze unfrosted cookies up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
2g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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