It's caramel apple season again! Have you ever met a person who doesn't love a caramel covered apple? What could possibly be better than a caramel apple?! How about a Caramel Apple Cookie? Add a little white chocolate, and you've got perfection. The Caramel Apple White Chocolate Cookie captures the caramel apple we all love, the cookie and white chocolate all in one wonderful treat!
After weeks of working on this recipe, the process went something like this: oatmeal, no oatmeal, fresh chopped apples in the dough? too much moisture...cut out half of the apples, still too much moisture...Place apple slices on TOP of the cookie, add cinnamon for a bit more flavor, add a little more flour to stabilize the cookie so it can support the apple slices on top. The list goes on. Finally after a few dozen alterations, I came up with a cookie that is chewy, sweet, tart, gooey, sticky all in one bite of goodness.
I think you're going to love it even more than a plain old caramel apple.
Caramel Apple White Chocolate Cookies
A Bountiful Kitchen
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips*
1 apple, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, or other crisp/firm variety
Peter's Caramel or other soft caramel**
Prepare apple by washing and drying. Slice apple into 4 pieces, around the core of the apple. Discard the core. Thinly slice the apple and set aside. Cut the caramel into about 20-24 pieces and set aside on a plate or other clean surface such as a piece of wax paper or cutting board that is non -stick.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place rack in middle of oven. If you have a convection oven, use the convection setting.
Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until blended well on low speed. Scrape down sides of bowl once, mix again until all butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla are blended.
Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and white chocolate to bowl. Mix on low speed, just until the wet and dry ingredients are incorporated and the flour disappears.
Scoop dough onto cookie sheets, about 6-8 cookies per sheet. Flatten slightly with palm of hand.
Bake in preheated oven for about 7 minutes, until cookies flatten out a bit. Remove the pan from the oven and using a silicone spatula or other spatula, push the sides of the cookie in a bit to form a circle if the cookie has spread out unevenly. Top the cookie with one or two slices of apple and then top the apple with caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 2 minutes, or until caramel is melted a bit. Remove and let cool completely before serving.
-*( I used white dipping chocolate discs from Cavanaugh's Chocolate) but also like Guittard brand white chocolate chips.
-**The caramel I used is a large 5 lb block of Peter's Caramel purchased online here. If you live in the SLC area, you may purchase this caramel at Orson Gygi on 300 West at about 3300 South.
-The caramel stays on the pantry shelf for a long time. I had my last block for about a year, and it was still fresh tasting after a year's time. It's a great purchase to split with a friend. Store on a shelf in a Ziploc bag.
-I like Granny Smiths for this recipe, because the apples are quite tart. If you prefer a red apple, use a Honey Crisp or Fuji apple.
-These cookies are best when served within a day of baking.