Do most women want to cook Christmas cookies more once they have kids? It’s crazy that my excitement for Christmas baking could have somehow increased, but it did. Especially with our new house and my awesome oven . . . Jack is not great at helping. To be honest I only let him help with the Christmas baking once, and then the rest happened during nap time. But he still enjoys it when he wakes up! That’s the fun part anyway, right! My favorite new cookie this year is this one – Caramel Apple Cookies. I didn’t say it below, but I love to add a little sea salt. The last time I made them I even added a chocolate drizzle. They remind me of the cookie version of the publix dark chocolate salted caramel bites.
- 1 c all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp cornstarch
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted & cooled slightly
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ c light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp dried apple, diced
- 3 caramel squares, diced (such as Kraft)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the brown sugar, smearing out any clumps along the side of the bowl. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Reserve about 1/3 of the diced apples and caramels, and fold the rest into the cookie dough.
- Drop the cookie dough into 12 rounded scoops onto the prepared baking sheet. Press the reserved diced apples and caramels into the tops, and flatten slightly. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack.