Award-winning recipe creator Linda Arceo shares this delicious fall-inspired cookie. Serve up these Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Cookies all autumn long.

I had a craving for something seasonal. I enjoy all things fall. But, I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice overkill that happens this time of the year.

While at the produce market they had beautiful bags of apples available to purchase. I grabbed a large bag of golden-delicious apples with the idea that I would whip up something great. I have always been a fan of the peanut butter-apple combination and used that as the inspiration for these Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Cookies.

How to Make Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Cookies

To make these delicious cookies, I used a crisp peanut butter cookie as my base. The cookies were finished by topping them with warm spiced apples and a caramel drizzle.

This recipe starts with a super simple peanut butter cookie. Peanut butter cookies are a quick and easy cookie to bake and mimic that peanut butter and apple flavor combination that I love so much. I think a crisp oatmeal cookie would be great as well.

I then diced up three fresh golden-delicious apples and cooked them in coconut oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and pure vanilla extract. Once the apples were cooked and soft, I added them on top of the crisp, peanut butter cookie and finished with a warm caramel drizzle.

Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Cookies

Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Cookies

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12

Ingredients

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups flour

CARAMEL APPLE TOPPING

  • 3 golden delicious apples chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • caramel sauce for drizzle

Instructions

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30-45 seconds until butter is partially melted.
  • Add sugars and egg and stir well. Add peanut butter and vanilla and store until smooth.
  • Add baking soda and salt over the mixture and stir well.
  • Roll dough into large balls. This recipe is for 12 large cookies.
  • Place cookie dough balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-18 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before topping with apples.

CARAMEL APPLE TOPPING

  • Chop apples into evenly sized small chunks. Add to pan.
  • Add coconut oil to the pan and cook over medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract and cook until apples are soft and coated.
  • Once apples are soft, add lemon juice.
  • Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool.

COOKIE ASSEMBLY

  • Place peanut butter cookies on large serving tray.
  • Top eat cooking with 1-2 tablespoons of cooked apples
  • Drizzle caramel sauce over apples and cookie.
  • Serve slightly warm or warm slightly before serving

I hope you make this dessert and add it to your fall celebrations. It is such a pretty dessert for those cool fall nights and easily feeds a crowd. Enjoy!

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