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Apple Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting

by Laura

You don’t usually think of cookies when you think of apples. However, this recipe for Apple Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting definitely works.

If you have had a zucchini cookie before, this is what I would compare it to. But instead of shredded zucchini folded into the batter, you have shredded apple. The cookie itself also tends to be more cake like.

Then these cookies get topped off with a simple salted caramel frosting. Well, all know that apples and caramel go so well together, but it is taken up a notch with the salted caramel. These are a must make for Fall.

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Apple Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter ,softened
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup peeled and shredded apple (I used Granny Smith)
  • Salted Caramel Frosting:
  • 6 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup salted caramel ice cream topping (I used Smucker’s)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add in the brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Beat in until fully combined.
  3. Add the egg and beat together just until combined. Pour in the milk and beat slowly until fully combined.
  4. Slowly add in the the flour while mixing. Once combined, fold in the apple. The dough will be light and soft.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or sprayed with baking spray.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, until until the edges are a light golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then remove to continue cooling on a wire rack.
  8. While the cookies cool, prepare the frosting by beating the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  9. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and beat until fully combined. Add in the salted caramel topping and mix until fully combined.
  10. Spread frosting on top of cooled cookies. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
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Recipe adapted from House of Yumm.

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