Caramel Apple Cookies

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 - 10 minutes
  • Servings: 24
  • Course: Dessert

These delicious cookies are a great treat for a cold weather day.

Reynolds Kitchens tip

Line your counters with Reynolds® Parchment Paper for mess-free cookie decorating! When you’re done, simply pick up all four corners of the parchment and toss!

Ingredients

  • For the Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled, cored and coarsely shredded (1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
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  • For the Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon water 
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons warm water, if needed 
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, if desired
  • Reynolds® Parchment Paper

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with Reynolds® Parchment Paper.

Step 2

In a large bowl, beat shortening and the brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add egg; beat 1 minute. Add apple juice; beat at low speed until blended.

Step 3

Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Add to egg mixture, beating at low speed until combined.

Step 4

Fold in apple and raisins. Drop dough by slightly rounded spoonfuls 1 1/2 inches apart onto lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Step 5

Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire racks and cool.

Step 6

To make the frosting, mix butter, brown sugar and water in a medium pan over low heat, stirring until melted and just beginning to simmer. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. If needed, stir in warm water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, if needed to reach desired consistency for spreading.

Step 7

Spread a thin layer of frosting on cookies. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts, if desired.

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