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Caramel Apple Cookies

  •  4.4 stars stars based on 16 reviews
  •   85% would make this again
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For the cookies:
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1-1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 apple juice, divided
2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup apples, peeled and shredded

For the Caramel Frosting:
2 to 3 tablespoons margarine, softened
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons milk
5 tablespoons finely crushed walnuts

To make the cookies:
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease baking sheet(s). In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and brown sugar in medium bowl until blended; beat in egg and apple juice. In another mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup apple juice and the apples. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake a 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

To make the Caramel Frosting:
Heat margarine, brown sugar, and water over medium high heat in saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; beat in powdered sugar and enough milk to make spreadable consistency; use immediately. If frosting begins to harden, return to low heat and stir in more milk.

Spread frosting on each cookie and sprinkle with crushed walnuts.

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Reviews of Caramel Apple Cookies:

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  A cookie baker  Dec 18, 2011
Would make this again.
Very good cookie, will definitely cook again. Everyone loved it. Very soft cookie. Watch with the recipe when it first calls to add Apple Juice only add 1/4 cup, it doesn't specify now but later in the recipe it says to add remaining 1/4 cup of Apple Juice. 5 stars

  Peggy in Palatine, IL  Dec 7, 2010
Would make this again.
I had read some of the comments prior to making these and added about an extra cup or so of flour. The cookies were still very soft and "cakey". They smelled and tasted GREAT! Also, the glaze took a very long time to thicken and it made way too much for the amount of cookies. I was asked for the recipe from most of those that tried them and I would definitely make these again! 4 stars

  A cookie baker in g.a  Dec 4, 2010
Would make this again.
best cookie ever 5 stars

  Cathy in Chicago  Jan 18, 2010
Would make this again.
The flavor of the cookie was good but did not taste like apple. Perhaps instead of using ground cloves or cinnamon the recipe should call for apple pie spice? The consistency of the cookie came out like a muffin as someone else stated in their comment. I would not make this cookie again. 1/2 c apple juice would have been WAY too much; I only used 1/4 c and the dough was still too moist. 5 stars

  Judy in Grosse Ile, Michigan  Dec 14, 2009
Would not make this again.
These have tremendous possibilities but I think there's an error in the recipe. The cookies puffed up nicely while baking but fell to 1/8th inch while cooling. This is more of a cake or muffin batter with all the liquid involved. Should have more baking soda and flour. I had to discard before glazing. The flavor was very good! Maybe the submitter could recheck the recipe ingredients. 1 star

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