I was searching for a final cookie recipe to round out National Cookie Month when I stumbled across one that looked like caramel apples. They were so cute and seemed like the perfect Halloween treat, so I headed to the store and grabbed a bag of caramels. The cookies themselves are pretty simple to make; they're basically a dyed sugar cookie dipped in caramel and put on a stick! To get the recipe and start bobbing for your own "apples,"
Note: I couldn't find any popsicle sticks at my local grocery store; you may need to try a specialty craft or cooking store. I only had 10 sticks available — free with the caramels — and used the rest of the dough to make small cookies.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
red food coloring (optional)
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
About 24 wooden popsicle sticks
Caramel Glaze (see below)
- Heat oven to 400F.
- Mix sugar, margarine and shortening in large bowl.
- Stir in vanilla and eggs.
- Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add in food coloring if desired. Add enough to obtain desired color, I used five drops and ended up with a pale pink.
- If possible, wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in freezer for an hour, or in refrigerator overnight.
- Roll dough 1/4 –inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered surface.
- Cut with 3-inch round or apple-shaped cookie cutter.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Insert wooden stick horizontally into each cookie.
- Bake 8 or 9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool about 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely.
- While cookies are cooling, make caramel glaze (see below).
- Spread top third of each cookie (opposite wooden stick) with Caramel Glaze. Hold cookie upright; allow glaze to drizzle down cookie.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
1 package (14 ounces) vanilla caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup water [I used apple juice]
- Heat caramels and water over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth.
- If glaze becomes too stiff, heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until softened.