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Caramel Apple Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Red and green food coloring pastes
  • 24 green wooden craft sticks
  • 1 (14 ounce) package caramels
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup chopped cashews

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, apple pie spice, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using a mixer set on high, beat butter and both sugars until fluffy. With mixer on low, beat in eggs and vanilla extract; beat in flour mixture.
  4. Remove 1/3 cup of dough to a small mixing bowl; tint green. Tint remaining dough red; divide in half.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the red dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using an apple-shaped template or cookie cutter, cut dough into shapes; place 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place a craft stick under "stem" end of each cookie, pressing dough lightly. Using your fingers, mold a small piece of green dough into a leaf shape and place on top of each apple cutout on baking sheet. Repeat rolling and cutting process with remaining dough.
  6. Bake until crisp but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. In a small saucepan, heat caramels and water over low heat, stirring often, until smooth. Set a wire rack over a wax papered baking sheet. Dip the cookie bottoms into melted caramel and then into chopped nuts. Let cookies stand until caramel is set, about 1 hour.
  9. To store cookies, be sure the caramel is completely set and wrap each cookie individually in waxed paper. Do not try to stack the cookies before the caramel has hardened.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Tip: For a favorite teacher, attach halved spearmint leaf candies and pipe a stem and message on the apple with melted chocolate.

Posted by Tiffany at Recipe Goldmine 4:11:55pm 9/16/03


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