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Autumn in a Bite.

Autumn has officially arrived. There was resistance at first. You better believe it.

I didn't want to relinquish my iron grip on Summer with it's melting popsicles, hot breezes and sunny afternoons. I'd have to say goodbye to sun tanning, BBQs and picnics. Don't even mention all the flowers, beaches and campfires I'd be missing.

Then the leaves started changing and I realized I could wear jeans without roasting to death. I do love pretty colours. I'm also pretty fond of my jeans.

So you won me over Autumn. You hear that? You just might be my favourite season, ok? Are you happy now?

So I made cookies for Autumn to smooth over our awkward new relationship. They have apple. They have cinnamon. They have caramel. They're pretty much Autumn in a bite.

Caramel Apple Surprise Cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Source: My imagination.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup apple, skinned and chopped
3 dozen caramels, flattened slightly

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla then blend it in. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt then stir it into the butter mixture. Gently mix in the chopped apples. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to stiffen it up.

Scoop a heaping tbsp of dough for each cookie then roll it into a ball and flatten it into a disc between your palms. Place the slightly smushed caramel into the center and fold the edges of dough to cover it well, making sure to pinch any edges that meet. Form it back into a ball and place it onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake them for 10 – 11 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Transfer them to a cooling rack and enjoy!

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  1. These look so great!! Love them!!

  2. Nice combination of ingredients! I am not sure if we’re ready for Autumn though in LA. I love your apple tower.

  3. Mind blown!
    Caramel and apple might be the best flavour combination since PB&J!

    Can you tell me how you take such beautiful pictures?! You must have a lightbox. If so.. can you tell me where you got it and (if you don’t mind me asking) how much it set you back? I need one!


    • Thank you so much, Rachèle!

      I actually don’t use a lightbox. I take all my photos in indirect natural light next to a window in my kitchen with a clean white backdrop. I had considered making my own lightbox, but this method works for me most days when the sun is out anyways.

  4. The caramel is definitely a pleasant surprise to this cookie

  5. These cookies definitely have autumn written all over them. What a wonderful surprise center with the caramel! Maybe rolos next time? :)

  6. I love that you placed the caramel inside the cookie for a little surprise! I just bought some of those caramels so I may be trying this recipe soon :) Welcome to the Fall lover club!

  7. Great recipe. I may try this fairly soon.

  8. I haven’t had those caramels in forever! These cookies look really delicious. I actually said mmm outloud after I saw the surprise. Put these on a stick!

  9. Welcoming it with open arms! Wish I had some of these to do so.

  10. You have me sold! I wanted to make cookies this afternoon, and I don’t know if anything could sound better than an apple cookie with a melted caramel candy nestled inside. Thanks for sharing this with me. I’m hungry now!

  11. These cookies sound delicious, I’ll have to give them a try.

  12. these are so creative and look so yummy!

  13. I really love your photos! Thank you PFB for making the food blogging community seem a little smaller :)

  14. These look so, so good! I’ve had a never-ending summer here in Phoenix and am more than ready to get rid of it!

  15. I love cookies, but I am not a chocolate chip lover. But caramel… Love this recipe and lovely pics!

  16. Man, you do just have the cutest blog on the planet. I love these photos!

  17. Oooh, these look delicious! I’ve never heard of a caramel apple cookie. Definitely want to give these a try!

  18. What a delicious surprise to find in a cookie. I know I’d enjoy biting into those any day.

  19. Congrats on making food buzz top nine! Great post!

  20. Oh these are genius! Loving the idea of a caramel filling! Wow!

  21. I will try these when (within a couple of weeks) my apple tree FINALLY is ready to pick. Thanks for the lovely photos.

  22. Your pictures are adorable! So cute. You caramel filling makes we want to wish that I was autumn all year around

  23. Congrats on making the Top 9 on FoodBuzz! Again :) Creative recipe and the pics are so beautiful I could eat the leaves ;)

  24. I was just making these and i noticed that you have nutmeg listed in the recipe but nutmeg is not mentioned on your list of ingredients, is nutmeg included or added by mistake?

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