Green apple flavor and real chewy caramel goodness is what these cookies are all about!
As I was innocently shopping in JoAnn's craft store last week, I found the most amazing inspiration for a Halloween treat ever! I say I was innocently shopping because I was really looking for Christmas fabric for a gift when I what to my wondering eyes did appear..ok sorry just got carried away. There on the shelf was a Wilton "How To.." tablet with these cute caramel apple cookies on it. I took the picture and reinvented the process, changed their peanut butter/nut sprinkles dip that looks like caramel to the real thing, then sprinkled them with toffee bits. Then I also came up with a process to make the white chocolate (almond bark) have the flavor of honest to goodness Green Apples! Take all that and put a cookie inside and you have these:
Caramel Apple Cookies
First, you need to start with a cookie that can hold it's shape and taste good at the same time. You can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use this one. I tested 2 different recipes and found that one worked so much better than the other. It is from a super blog called Glorious Treats. These are the ingredients:
Rolled Sugar Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
You can find her procedure and explanations here. Please follow the directions and make sure to chill the dough both after mixing and after cutting it out to keep it from spreading when cooked. Here are some helps from me on how to cut the cookies out into apple shapes.
All you have to do is eliminate the stem part and now you have an upside down apple! Because the dough is quite thick you can insert a craft stick into the middle and push down about 2/3 of the way to the bottom. The stick may not be fully covered when you turn it over so you can patch it with a little flat piece of dough until none of the stick is showing.
When cookies are cool, melt white almond bark in the microwave. I broke the new bar in 1/2 using 6 squares. It is also nice to put them in a gallon ziplock bag before melting then you don't have to transfer it and wash another bowl. Melt in 30 second intervals until the bark is almost all melted. Take the bag out each time and press the lumps out as it becomes possible. Don't go past this point because you don't want it too hot or it will not coat the cookies and stay on them well. It also takes quite a while to cool down. When you have only a few soft chunks left, press them out and you are almost ready to "frost" the cookies!
Use Wilton Candy Colors - Green to color the bark to a light granny smith color. Add the color to the bag of bark and moosh it around until the color is uniform. Then add the magic ingredient that makes this taste like apples!
Kool Aid "new" Green Apple! Not all stores carry this, but I found mine at
Wal Mart. For each 6 square of Almond Bark I used 1/8 teaspoon of the powder. After tasting this on the completed apple, I think I might want to add a little bit more to make the taste stronger, so experiment until you get the taste you like. The powder is very strong so don't over do!
Now you are ready to frost! Cut off about 1/8 to 1/4 inch off the corner of the bag and drizzle the bark in swirls over the cookie.
Place the cookie on a cooling rack that is set inside a cookie sheet or over wax paper. Lightly hold the cookie in place and tap the rack on the counter. The bark will smooth out with each tap. If you don't see this happening, (You can see the cookie in the top corner is not smooth) check to make sure the bark is not too cold to smooth out and reheat for 10 to 15 seconds to warm it to the right consistency.Set these on wax paper to cool and become firm.
Now holding the cookie over the bowl of caramel, use a fork to dip out some caramel and run the caramel slowly over the bottom of the cookie.
This recipe was inspired by Wilton's
Caramel Apple Cookies
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