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caramel apple cookies on a stick. with no caramel or apples.

These dandy cookies give you the impression they are caramel-y and apple-y, but there are no actual caramel or apple flavors here. Though hmmm. That would’ve made for a yummy cookie flavor. Alas, next time.

I’ll also note that I realize the leaf is usually removed for caramel apples, but it was so dang cute, I left it. But if you want to omit the leaf, that would save you some supplies and a step.

how to make caramel apple cookies
you will need*

dough
icing
apple cookie cutter

lollipop sticks

frosting color (red, brown and green)

disposable decorating bags
couplers

decorating tips (sizes “3” and “4”)

rubberbands
toot
hpick
pretzel sticks

fondant
small leaf fondant cutter

gold sanding sugar

*Find the cutter, lollipop sticks, decorating bags, couplers, tips, fondant and the fondant cutter in the craft store. You may find the sanding sugar there, too, but you can use white as an alternative. For frosting colors, I use Americolor soft gel pastes (Red, Chocolate Brown and Lime Green). Click HERE for tips on finding supplies.


step one: bake your cookies

Roll out chilled cookie dough, according to recipe, thick enough to accommodate lollipop sticks, about 1/4 inch. Insert lollipop sticks into the top of the apple (like real caramel apples). Bake according to recipe and let cool completely.
step two: prepare your frosting

Prepare frosting according to recipe. I usually work with about one cup of frosting per color, but adjust as necessary. Tint some frosting light brown with a few drops of brown food coloring, and tint some red. Prepare two frosting bags with couplers and decorating tips. Fill one bag (fitted with a size “4” decorating tip) with light brown frosting and tie closed with a rubber band. Fill the other bag (fitted with a size “3” decorating tip) with about half of your red frosting and tie closed with a rubber band. Cover remaining red frosting.
step three: prepare your leaves
Knead a few drops of green food coloring into a piece of fondant very well. If fondant gets too sticky, let sit uncovered at room temperature for 15 minutes or until easily pliable. Roll fondant out on a surface dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Cut out leaf shapes and set aside.step four: decorate your cookies
Pipe a caramel outline on the bottom of the apple with the brown frosting. Let set 15 minutes. Pipe back and forth to fill the caramel completely and immediately coat with sanding sugar. Turn over to remove excess. Pipe an outline on the remainder of the apple with red. Let set 15 minutes. Thin reserved red frosting with a few drops of water until the consistency of thick glue. Fill an empty frosting bag with the thinned frosting, tie closed with a rubberband, and snip about 1/8 inch from the corner. Loosely pipe to fill the apple, encouraging the frosting to the edges with a toothpick as needed. Adhere the leaf and a piece of pretzel stick with small dabs of frosting.

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30 Comments

  1. SprinkleBakes
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    So cute! Love the pretzel stick stem. :)

  2. Sue
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I love Fall and I loves these cookies! CUTE!

  3. Paula
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    These are adorable. Great *Fall Themed* cookie.

  4. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    So cute!!! What a fun fall treat!

  5. Glory/ Glorious Treats
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    SOO cute!! I like the leaf! Oh boy… now I really want a caramel apple!

  6. Elizabeth
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    So very fun and autumn-y! I love these.

  7. Meghan @ Domestic Sugar
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Super cute! What a great idea!

  8. Kate H.
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    Those are super cute! I love fall!!!

  9. GarEli
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    Felicidades…….. está hermoso!!!

  10. Lora
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    these are wonderful. so creative. love them.

  11. cookies and cups
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    very cute!! I am all about the apples right now :)

  12. ~k
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    These look so cute, yummy, and perfect!

  13. www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Perfect for fall! So cute

  14. www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Perfect for fall! So cute

  15. oneordinaryday
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    These are adorable.

  16. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    ACK!!! That is all, just ACK from the cuteness overload!!! :)

    {and, I stumbled them.}

  17. I run for cake!
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Adorable. What a creative treat for the fall…I love caramel apples!

  18. Emily Z
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    These cookies are so much fun! I like the illustrations, how thorough of you! The pretzels for stems are adorable as well! Great job, and congrats on making the Top 9!

  19. Kim (Liv Life)
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    So perfect for back to school!! Nicely done… Congrats on the Top 9!

  20. Judy@cutest-little-things
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Very clever and cute!

    Judy@cutest-little-things

  21. Adelina
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    How adorable. I love your illustrations too!

  22. Priscilla - She's Cookin'
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute! What a brilliant idea – perfect for fall. Congrats on the Top 9!

  23. Joanne
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on Top 9!
    Of course those cookies have a place in my heart :)

  24. kelsey{itsybitsyfoodies}
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    These cookies are so cute! Congrats on making Top 9!

  25. Chic Cookies
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Thank you everyone! Shocked to see myself on the Foodbuzz Top 9 today! Yay!

  26. Joy
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Those are so cool. Yours looks perfect. Thanks for the tips.

  27. Megan
    Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Great idea! I love all the apple crafts this time of year but yours takes the cake because it's delicious, too!

  28. Amanda
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I made these for a Halloween party this year. They were a big hit. Thanks for the idea!
    http://ten-minas.blogspot.com/

  29. Maryann
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Love your cookie designs. I’m hoping to develop some skills by looking at your pics and hopefully pick up your book too. You are an inspiration!

  30. Elizabeth
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I will be entering country fair theme decorated cookies for our well, small county fair! I like the carmel apple idea, but I may just make them candy apples. I am thinking for shapes- ribbons, oxen, pies, balloons, maybe sheep. Ferris wheel would be great but complicated. Hmmmmm.

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