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Cinnamon Apple Caramel Bites
September 24, 2012 • Posted by Katie Marber

As we’ve all heard many times before, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Take advantage of the quintessential fruit of the season while making use of what’s stored away in the pantry. Try this fun twist on an autumn favorite, Cinnamon Apple Caramel Bites, that the family will love creating as much as they will love eating them!

This delicious recipe calls for unpeeled apples, which helps ensure that your family gets a decent intake of fiber. Not only do the apples add a sweet and tangy kick to the cookies, but they also act as a good source of antioxidants.

Yielding about three-dozen, family and friends will all enjoy this seasonal snack. Better yet, your whole family can gather around and participate in dipping the cookie pops into the warm and luscious caramel topping!

Apple Caramel Cookie Bites
Serves 36

For Cookie Dough:
½ cup butter, room temperature
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour

For Filling:
1/3 cup finely chopped apple, with skins
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For Topping:
14 ounces caramels
2/3 cup evaporated milk

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. For filling, combine the chopped apple, evaporated milk and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once thickened, let cool. Cream butter and sugars in a large bowl. When light and soft, beat the egg in, and then the vanilla. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt, and then gradually mix into the creamed mixture. With the dough, form 1-inch balls. Insert ¼ teaspoon of filling in the center of each ball by flattening the dough and then reshaping the dough over the filling. On greased baking sheets, place balls about an inch apart. Bake for about 15 minutes or until light brown. Set aside to cool. For the topping, over low heat melt the caramels with evaporated milk in a small saucepan. Stick a toothpick into each cookie and fully coat with caramel. Allow a few minutes for drying, and enjoy!

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