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Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups

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School starts tomorrow and Fall is starting to make an appearance here in the North. One of my favorite family activities for the Fall is heading to a local orchard and picking apples. I’m still trying to unpack the bazillion boxes from the move and we didn’t get to an apple orchard this weekend, but that didn’t stop me from making these amazing Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups.

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There are more boxes to go through, but my kitchen is somewhat unpacked. It was definitely time for Miss Ruby, my fabulous RED KitchenAid stand mixer to make an appearance to bake up some sweet treats. My KitchenAid stand mixer is one of the most used small appliances in my kitchen. I can count on Miss Ruby to mix up a yummy bundt batter, knead homemade pizza dough, or quickly whip up some homemade whipped cream with a raise of the bowl and a slide of the speed adjustment.

Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups | In The Kitchen With KP | Apple Cookie Dessert Recipe

Since I knew we would be busy prepping for tomorrow’s first day of school, I took a few short cuts for this recipe. I used a prepared oatmeal cookie mix and was to scooping the dough into the mini muffin tin in a few short minutes. That left more time for dicing the fresh apples.

Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups | In The Kitchen With KP | Apple Cookie Dessert Recipe

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My kitchen was definitely filled with the spicy scents of Fall. Chewy oatmeal cookies have always been one of my favorites to bake when the weather turns cool.

Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups | In The Kitchen With KP | Apple Cookie Dessert Recipe

I wish there was a scratch and sniff computer so you could smell how heavenly the apples smelled while they slowly cooked and caramelized.

Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups | In The Kitchen With KP | Apple Cookie Dessert Recipe

I also cheated a bit more using a store bought salted caramel sauce. Sorry, but I’m not sorry for using store bought sauce. The one I buy is delicious and a simple drizzle takes these apple filled cookie cups over the top.

Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups | In The Kitchen With KP | Apple Cookie Dessert Recipe

What are you waiting for? Tie on your apron, start cooking and share a recipe with your unique spin on the apple. Big prizes, Food Network and Geoffrey Zakarian are waiting for you.

Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups | In The Kitchen With KP | Apple Cookie Dessert Recipe

 

Apple and Salted Caramel Cookie Cups
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 large apples diced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ c turbinado sugar
  • 1 package of oatmeal cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ Cup butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine cookie mix, butter, water and egg in KitchenAid stand mixer bowl. Mix well to combine thoroughly.
  3. Using small cookie scoop, place about a tablespoon of cookie dough in lined mini muffin tin sections.
  4. Bake cookies in oven 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove cookies from oven, and using the rounded handle of a wooden spoon push down the cookie to form a well. Occasionally dip the end of the wooden spoon in turbinado sugar to prevent the baked cookie dough from sticking to the spoon. Set cookie cups aside to cool.
  6. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
  7. Add diced apples and turbinado sugar to melted butter and stir to coat.
  8. Simmer apples on medium heat to cook and allow sugar to caramelize, about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not overcook apples and sugar.
  9. Remove cookie cups from mini muffin tins and set on parchment paper or on cookie rack.
  10. Remove apple mixture from heat, cool slightly, and carefully spoon about 1½ teaspoons into each cookie cup.
  11. Drizzle each apple filled cookie cup with your favorite salted caramel sauce and serve.

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. The opinions and text are all mine.