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Caramel Apple Bites

Kids can help make these perfect fall bites by dipping the baked cookies in caramel and nuts. It's a fun food craft for all of us. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped unpeeled apple
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • DOUGH:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Green toothpicks
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened; set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Flatten and place 1/4 teaspoon filling in center of each. Fold dough over filling and reshape into balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, heat caramels and evaporated milk until caramels are melted; stir until smooth. Insert a toothpick into each cookie and dip into caramel until completely coated; allow excess to drip off. Dip bottoms into nuts. Place on wire racks to set.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Party planning tip: The apple-filled cookies can be made ahead and frozen with toothpicks inserted. Then, the day before your event, just dip in caramel and nuts!
  • The tartness of a Granny Smith apple goes perfectly with the sweetness of these bites.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 292 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 157 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.