Caramel Apple N’ Chocolate Chip Cookies…

So who else is sloshing in the rain? It has been crazy weather here in the OC! Guess it’s better than the snow, but I miss the sunshine.

So, hope you don’t mind me taking this short break from my healthy dinner recipes  for an ultra rich and dreamy not so bad for you cookie 🙂  I am also practicing with my digital SLR camera that has been tucked away in my closet because I’ve been too afraid to figure it out. You’ll see me playing around with my camera in this post as I snapped pictures of almost each step. I do know you guys know how to make cookies!!

I thought it would be fun to experiment with a “Caramel Apple” cookie. Yes, the experiment was a success! Soft, chewy and caramel apple delish. Can’t wait to hear what ya’ll think about them. We’ve been snacking on these the last couple days and have them nearly gone! I used a white whole wheat flour from King Arthur brand Flour. It is probably my most favorite flour ever. It’s got all the healthiness of whole wheat flour but is lighter in texture and color. Pick up a bag next time you need one. I added a little flax seed meal which worked nicely in this cookie, you don’t even know it’s there. If you wish to leave it out, just add flour in it’s place. I highly recommend it though. I also used coconut oil for half the butter, which I LOVE in cookies, you must try it!! Sheesh with all these “good for you ingredients” in here, we should eat these darn cookies everyday!

Hope you all enjoy, come back soon 🙂

Break out the kitchenAid folks!

playing with my camera……sugar 🙂

Here is the coconut oil I used, I believe I bought it at Sprouts. Any healthy type grocery store will carry it.

Dice your apples nice and small, but not too small. About 1/4 inch was perfect.

Unwrap 10 Kraft caramels, add 1 Tablespoon of milk, then melt in microwave until soft enough to stir smooth

tada!

I added the caramel right after the eggs and vanilla, slowly.

Caramel Apple N’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 Cup coconut oil

1 stick softened butter (if you want to use all butter and no coconut oil, use 2 sticks of butter)

3/4 Cup granulated sugar

3/4 Cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 Gala apple, peeled and diced

10 Kraft caramels unwrapped

1 Tablespoon milk

2  Cups King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour (if you are going using white all purpose flour instead, make it 2 1/4 Cups)

1/2 Cup flax seed meal

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 Cups chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream coconut oil, and butter until well combined. Add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla until well combined.

2. Place caramels and milk into a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 60 seconds or until caramels start to bubble and can be stirred smooth. Slowly add to the wet ingredients on low speed following the diced apples.

3. Place flour, flax seed meal, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Add to wet ingredients following chocolate chips until just combined on low speed.

4. Scoop dough onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet with a medium cookie scoop about 1 inch apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges just  begin to brown. Remove and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

makes about 3 dozen cookies

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Have a wonderful weekend 🙂  We’ll be swimming in this rain!

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41 Responses
  1. Looks so good Jenny! I like to use the King Arthur White Whole Wheat too. Easy way to make healthy without complaints from the peanut gallery!

  2. Too funny, Jenny. Amidst all the healthy food lately, I posted pound cake today. Great minds think alike, huh? The photos look great! Have a great day.

  3. These cookies look awesome! I love caramel apples, so putting those ingredients into a chocolate chip cookie is bound to be delicious. I love your step by step pictures! I would be intimidated by one of those fancy cameras too but it looks like you’ve got it down 🙂

  4. These look wonderful! I think with all the healthy ingredients you can definitely eat more without feeling so guilty. Plus rainy weather always makes me want to sanck more! Stay safe out of the crazy weather!

    1. Lol! you’ll have to let me know if you make them for him. My family really enjoyed them even with all the healthy ingredients 🙂

      I’ve been reading your photography tips Amanda! Printed them out, they are really helpful. Can’t wait to get some cool lens’ soon! Gave a great day 🙂

  5. Jenny, you are seriously brilliant! LOVE this recipe and can’t wait to try it! I too am sloshing around in the rain and need something sweet and fast! Thanks for this recipe!

  6. The name itself caught my eye. I don’t think i’ve ever had cookies with apple bits in them. Unique, will have to try.

    Not only has it been raining all week (i live in the OC too- HB to be exact, so hiiii), but whats up with the tornado warning we got earlier this week?!

    1. Yi Yen,
      I know, I was so nervous about those tornado warnings I took my boys out of school a little early!! Hope you keep dry, this is horrible!!

  7. Suzanne

    Sweet! I just bought a bag of caramels on clearance at Target today and wasn’t quite sure what I would use them for. Now I know…

  8. Marisa

    My boys and I are eating the cookies right now. Yummy, but for some reason my cookies are falling apart. Anyone else have this problem? Maybe I should add a little more flour next time.

    1. Hmmm, just made a third batch tonight and no falling apart. I’m trying to think what may have caused that for you? Did you use the exact recipe I have printed?

      1. Marisa

        I didn’t have coconut oil so I used 2 sticks of butter but everything else is the same. Despite falling apart they are yummy! My 4 yo keeps asking for more. The only thing I can think of was that I bought jumbo eggs by mistake so maybe with the larger eggs I should have used a little more flour.

    1. Sara

      That one post where you breifly mentioned your cool new cake stand you got from Marshall’s…I had just gone to Marshall’s a week or so before that, and saw that same one!

      1. Oh good! So glad you found one. I saw some really cute ones at TJ Maxx Home Goods last weekend too. Picked up a cute red one I’ll be using soon 🙂

  9. Michelle

    Totally not the point of this post, but I love that you have chipped nail polish on your thumb nail! LOL I feel like you’re a friend& not a hoity-toity, intangible food blogger! (I’m a mom of 4 little ones under 6 so I’m right there with you – no time for mommy to *always* be prim & proper! LOL)

    1. LOL Michelle! Funny, I meant to write “don’t mind my crappy nail polish” in my write up, but totally forgot! Yes, wish I had more time for manicures, but doesn’t always happen!!! Sad that’s my nail polish from Christmas!

  10. Danielle

    Jenny,
    Thanks for this yummy healthy cookie recipe. I am on a healthy path this year and at times I still need some sweet. My husband is salivating next to me. I better get to the store. Don’t float away this weekend, hopefully that rain will let up.

  11. I LOVE carmel apples and cookies so I may have to make these. We are trying to stay dry. Also in the OC. It was getting nasty out there wasn’t it. It’s OK for now…
    And my thumb looks like yours. LOL I should just grab some nail polish remover but I keep forgetting, until I take pics. LOL

  12. Christel

    We’ve been getting some serious rain in the Vegas valley too! Tea and blankets won’t do; I need sugary hot cocoa on days like these!

    Anyways, cookies look delish! Have fun with your camera – I want a DSLR badly!

  13. To make it even healthier – but still yummy, you can substitute honey or agave nectar for both the white and brown sugars. You should also use the highest percent of cocao dark chocolate chips – usually ghiradeli brand. Every little bit helps!

  14. Just made them today…they turned out different, probably cuase I am missing all the healthy stuff (shamful I know) BUT I can’t even taste the flax seed. I also added 1/4 of a carmel cube for kicks.

    Fill me in…whats the point of flax seed? what does it do for us?

  15. Absolutely love your site. Look forward to new postings. Your photos and recipes are incredible. I took the mummy hotdogs to a Halloween party and everyone LOVED them. Great ideas.

  16. Joyce in Fountain Valley

    Hi Jenny… I agree… all this rain makes me want to BAKE COOKIES! Alas, I had to slog through it to get to work. At least I work in FV near where I live. Thanks for this great recipe. I just found your blog and really am enjoying it!

  17. Nicole

    Just made this evening, and everyone loved them. My 11 year old son just told me that besides no-bake cookies, these are his fave!! Mine were falling apart too, like Marisa I didn’t have the coconut oil so I used two sticks of butter, maybe that’s it? It didn’t matter, these were so good we ate them and they were great!!

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