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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


  • 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
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Green toothpicks
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 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.
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    • Alfonsa
      Feb 25, 2020

      I've followed this recipe exactly the caramel won't stay on the cookie I don't know what I'm doing wrong

    • Danielle
      Oct 19, 2018

      Hi. Can I make these without the nuts?

    • jeanne
      Nov 23, 2017

      yea didnt work!! as filling into dough, so i just dumped filling INTO dough and drop on sheet baking them now not sure if its gonna work too soft and spread out too much chilling rest of dough so we will see

    • marcibanes
      Nov 9, 2017

      We really liked these little bites. They are great for a fall treat. I made them more like a dumpling/cookie by making them bigger to hold more filling. So instead of making 36 I ended up making 18. Yummy

    • wilderman
      Oct 21, 2017

      Cookies are very dry

    • Sylvia
      Oct 20, 2017

      Yum!! ?? is all i got to say i didn't change a thing yummy...

    • kat21366
      Sep 21, 2017

      No comment left

    • gjackie
      Feb 23, 2014

      A great waste of time and money. I've read some of the reviews, so maybe the filling should have cooked longer to make it thicker, but there really was no guidance on the recipe. 1/3 cup of apple in a 1/4 teaspoon -- one tiny little piece, and it was almost impossible to re-form the ball with even that tad bit of filling inside. You would not even know there were apples in there. This is definitely not a keeper. Sorry. Looked great on paper and in photo, but very, very disappointed. P.S. - Way too many walnuts -- and I love walnuts.

    • nikkidowiak
      Nov 20, 2013

      These were a hit. I followed the recipe exactly and each step turned out as the recipe described. The cookie was the PERFECT consistency. The only change I will make next time is omitting the walnuts from the topping; unless I said it, no one knew there was apple.

    • oraclerogue
      Oct 22, 2013

      This was a homerun! I followed the directions exactly and they came out great. Not only did the people at my party love them, but I took them to work for a potluck and they didn't even make it to the end of the potluck before they were all devoured. I love that the cookie isn't too sweet. It's a perfect balance and a great caramel apple taste without losing your teeth to an apple.