Apple Cookie Recipe – Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

caramel apple pie cookies

A delicious, crispy cookie with an apple topping and a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce



For the Filling

  • 2 cups apple, peeled, cored and small dice (about 2 medium)
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 4 TBS melted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS cinnamon

For the Cookies

  • 1 cup of butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 TBS cold butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

coarse sea salt if desired for topping


Make the Caramel Sauce:

  • Add the sugar to a non reactive, high sided sauce pan over medium high heat.
  • Stir until the sugar melts. It will start to look like sand, then small pebbles. Don’t worry, just keep stirring until the sugar melts.
  • When the melted sugar turns a light amber in color add the cold butter. Be careful as the mixture will bubble up.
  • Keep stirring until the butter melts and is incorporated into the sugar.
  • Remove from heat and add the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up again. Just keep stirring until it stops bubbling and is smooth and shiny.
  • Let cool slightly in the pot and then remove to a container like a mason jar to cool completely.

Make the Filling

  • Cut the apples into small dice and add to a medium bowl.
  • Add in the lemon juice, melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt.
  • Stir to combine and set aside

Make the Cookie Dough

  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attached mix the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
  • Add to the butter mixture in thirds, mixing just until combined.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop or measure out 1 1/2 TBS of dough and roll into balls. Place the balls 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Press down in the center to create a well for the apple filling. Be sure there are no cracks or holes in the bottom or sides.
  • Add about 1 tsp of filling to each well
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes until the cookies are baked in the center and slightly browned on the edges.
  • Remove to a wire rack to let cool

Assemble the Cookies

  • Drizzle a little of the caramel sauce over top of the cooled cookies.
  • If desired sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt


I found that the full 12 minutes were necessary in my oven.

I found that cooking one tray at a time worked best

If you don’t want to make the caramel sauce you can use store bought

I had apple filling leftover. It’s tasty on waffles or pancakes

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