My fellow chef cut these apples into perfect “dime-sized” apple slices but I’d imagine that chopping them into small bits and pieces would yield equally delicious results. We also played with varying amounts of caramel to yield a variety of cookies with just a bit of a caramel center to absolutely brimming with oozy caramel.
Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from beyondfrosting
For the apples
1 1/2 cups chopped apples (about 2-3 apples)
1/4 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
For the cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 package instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz)
1 1/2 cups quick cook oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 package caramel squares
Preheat your oven to 350F degrees
Prepare your apples by peeling and cutting them into thin dime-size pieces as we did, or simply chop into small cubes. Toss the apples in sugar and flour until well coated and set aside.
Cream your butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined. Add your eggs in one at a time followed by vanilla and maple syrup.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, vanilla pudding mix, oats, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Slowly add this mixture to your butter and sugar mix until well combined. Once the two mixtures are well incorporated add your apples!
Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Taking about 2 tablespoons of your dough, place a caramel in the middle and roll your dough around the caramel until completely covered (hands work best!). Place your cookie (with caramel surprise!) on your cookie sheet. Make sure to keep your cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart. They spread!
Bake for 12-15 minutes and let cool for a few minutes before moving. These are best served warm with gooey caramel so you can always pop them in the microwave for a few minutes before serving to re-melt the caramel.
Tip: If you don’t want as much caramel, you can cut the caramel in half. Also, you can flatten the caramel to a disc shape and shape your dough around this – enabling you to start with an already flattened dough instead of a round mound of dough. Either way, it will be delicious.