Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Cookie Recipe #291 - Caramel Apple Cookies
This cookie resembles a caramel apple in looks, but is a spicy cookie dipped in caramel and nuts. Wrap individually in plastic, fasten with a fancy ribbon and share with your friends (or trick-or-treaters).
Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon apple pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup (2 sticks)butter, softened, 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, red and green food coloring, 24 green wooden craft sticks, 1 package (14 ounces) caramels, 3 tablespoons water, 1/3 cup chopped cashews.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla; gradually add in flour mixture.
Remove 1/3 cup of dough to a small mixing bowl; tint with green food coloring. Tint remaining dough with red food coloring; divide in half.
On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the red dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using an apple-shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into shapes; place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Place a craft stick under "stem" end of each cookie, pressing dough lightly.
Using your fingers, mold a small piece of green dough into a leaf shape and place on top of each apple cutout on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake until crisp, but not browned, 8-10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
In a small saucepan, heat caramels and water over low heat, stirring often, until smooth. Set a wire rack over a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Dip the cookies into melted caramel and then into chopped nuts. Let cookies stand until caramel is set, about an hour.
Makes about 24 cookies.
"Great American Cookie Collection", MM International Masters Publishers AB, Pittsburgh, PA.