Few treats are more closely connected to fall than caramel apples! These Caramel Apple Decorated Cookies are a fun twist on the classic. These delicious sugar cookies don’t taste anything like an actual caramel apple… but they wont rip off your dental work either, so I guess there is a trade off! =)
If you are looking to make “real” caramel apples, I have a full post on How to Make Gourmet Caramel Apples.
I’ve seen quite a few variations on this cute cookie concept, including this post from The Decorated Cookie (who can make almost any food into a cute cookie!).
For these cookies you’ll need…
Sprinkles (of your choice)
How to decorate Caramel Apple Cookies…
Prepare red, “apple” green and “caramel” brown royal icing and thin to a medium/flood consistency (about the consistency of shampoo). Reserve some of the green icing before thinning, and add the thick icing to a piping bag fitted with a leaf tip (such as a Wilton #68).
1.) As pictured above, outline then flood (with the same icing) the portion of the cookie that looks like exposed apple. Allow this portion to set (about 1 hour).
2.) Fill in the bottom ”caramel” portion of the apple with brown icing. While the “caramel” is still wet, sprinkle some seasonal sprinkles on the ”caramel”. If the top portion of the cookie (the red or green) is still wet, be sure to not get sprinkles on that area.
3.) When the red or green “apple” portion of the cookie is dry or set, add the green leaf with thick icing and a leaf tip (as noted above).
4.) Add the apple stem either before or after the rest of the cookie is decorated.
Optional- Certainly this cookie design would look cute with a wooden popsicle stick added. You can add the stick to the cookies before baking (insert into the dough), or simply “glue” the stick on the backs of the finished cookies with a bit of royal icing.
Here are the fun caramel apple decorated cookies, along with some simple pumpkins. If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should!) you’ll recognize these as the cookies I took to a party this weekend.
Below is a cute little set of cookies I made a few weeks ago for the winner of a recent blog giveaway…
Happy candy corn cookies from a couple years ago…
And one of my favorite cookie creations, 3D Pumpkin Cookies…
Happy fall cookie decorating!
Last month, when I share my favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe I knew I wanted to “play” with the recipe and see how it would work as a base for lots of other yummy cookies. I’m happy to report that by simply swapping out the chocolate chips I was able to make delicious White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies! The dough is rich and flavorful and has just the right balance of textures (slightly crisp edges, chewy center). It worked perfectly with the classic combo of white chocolate and macadamia nuts! I was tempted to add some dried cranberries as well, and I think I will another time.
If you love White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, then you’ll need to make these soon! I sent them off to work with hubby and he said it took about 5.3 seconds for his co-workers to empty the plate! =)
Usually, if I’m photographing treats with a placemat I wouldn’t include the full placemat in the photo… but this one is so pretty I had to include it! I love collecting props from all over, but I especially love using props that hold a special memory (such as purchased on a trip), or things that are special gifts from friends. This placemat (part of a set of four) was a recent gift from a friend I’ve know since I was 11 =)
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
This recipe produces delicious, chewy cookies with a classic flavor combo!
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) Challenge unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg PLUS 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts (unsalted)
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
In one large bowl add flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Melt the butter, then add to another large bowl, or the bowl of an electric mixer.
Blend melted butter with both sugars, and beat (or stir vigorously by hand) until the butter and sugars are well combined and the mixture is smooth and shiny.
Add the egg, then the egg yolk, and continue to beat until fully incorporated.
Add vanilla and blend well.
Pour flour mixture slowly into the mixer, then add the nuts and white chocolate chips and blend just until all the flour is incorporated.
Preheat oven to 350*F and move the bowl of cookie dough to the fridge for 10 minutes (while the oven heats up).
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop the batter (using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop) onto the parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Bake cookies, one baking sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes (I usually bake mine for 10 minutes).
Remove the cookies from the oven when the edges of the cookies are just BEGINING to get golden brown, and the centers of the cookies appear slightly under-baked.
Allow the cookies to cool about 5 minutes on the baking sheets, and they will continue to cook, and firm up. Once partially cooled, carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
Keep the remainder of the dough in the fridge while you are baking the others. Keeping the dough cool will help the cookies keep their shape while baking.
Recipe source - Glorious Treats
I used unsalted macadamia nuts (as listed), but feel free to use salted nuts and then reduce the additional salt in the dough to 1/4 teaspoon.
I really like to bake these cookies on parchment paper, as noted. Feel free to use Silpat lined baking sheets, or lightly greased baking sheets, but your results may not be identical to mine.
Be careful not to over bake the cookies, or they will not have the soft, chewy texture I've described. Be sure to remove the cookies from the oven while they still appear to be slightly under-baked.
Do you love cookies?
Here are a few more of my favorites…
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of my favorite parts of baking is sharing the treats I make with family and friends. And a bit of pretty packaging is the perfect way to elevate a simple treat into a sweet gift.
Bakers twine is one of my ”go to” items to add the finishing touch to little gifts. If you been reading here on Glorious Treats long at all, I’m sure you’ve noticed my love for bakers twine!
I used some orange and black twine on my recent Halloween Marshmallow Pops (pictured above) and it was easy to find several other posts (pictured above) where I added some bakers twine to dress up my project… Pumpkin Spice Cutout Cookies, Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes in a Jar, Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar, Apple Pie in a Jar.
Today I have a great giveaway sponsored by Bakers Stock for 5 spools of bakers twine in YOUR choice of colors!! And it’s double the fun because there will be TWO winners!
Bakers Stock has long been my favorite place to buy cupcake liners (especially the brown ones I use the most!), but they have a great selection of other baking and party supplies too… including bakers twine!
Just look at all of these amazing color choices…
Ready to win?
Simply use the Rafflecopter form below (there is a simple, one time sign in if you’ve never used Rafflecopter before).
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Details – Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Giveaway ends Tuesday, October 17th (2013) 9pm Pacific. Giveaway sponsored by Bakers Stock. Winner will be chosen at random (by Rafflecopter).
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Bakers Stock is offering a very generous discount code for 50% off your order of bakers twine!!
The discount code is TWINE50 and is valid thru November 1st, 2013
I love fancy desserts… but I also love treats that are quick and easy! These Halloween Marshmallow Pops are super simple, and yet still so cute!
I’ve made this kind of simple treat before for Valentine’s Day and Christmas, so there is nothing super impressive here… just a cute and simple idea perfect for a Halloween party, or little school treats.
These marshmallow pops are fun to make, and if you have kids around I’m sure they’d love to help!
How to make Halloween Marshmallow Pops ~
White chocolate, or white/almond candy bark
Paper straws (available from Sweets & Treats and Hobby Lobby), or pop sticks
1). Press a straw (or pop stick) into a marshmallow, and repeat for as many as you’d like to make. Set aside.
2). Melt the white chocolate in a glass measuring cup or a mug. Melt the chocolate using 50% heat, and check it ever 30 seconds or so.
3). Dip the marshmallows on a stick into the white chocolate (I usually just dip about 2/3 of the marshmallow). Allow some excess chocolate to drip off a bit.
4.) Immediately, sprinkle the chocolate covered marshmallow with sprinkles of your choice (this is best done over a large bowl with a paper towel at the bottom of the bowl to keep the sprinkles from bouncing around).
5). Place the finished marshmallows in a mug or short vase and move to the fridge or freezer for a few minutes, just long enough to let the chocolate set up.
6). Eat, or package as desired.
I made up a bunch of marshmallow pops for my youngest to share with her classmates, and they were very popular little treats! For these, I cut the straws in 1/2 to make cute, tiny little goodies (and save on straws!). I wrapped the marshmallows in little baggies (available at Michael’s or most craft stores) and tied them with bakers twine (from Bakers Stock).
Happy treat making!
Have you ever had a French Macaron? Macarons are one of those treats that are memorable enough that you would KNOW if you’ve had them or not! I enjoyed my first French Macarons a couple years ago, when a friend shared a batch she had made. That was all it took to be hooked! French Macarons have such a unique combination of textures (crisp, chewy and smooth) and come in such an endless array of flavors!
Not only are the flavor options endless with French Macarons, but so are the colors and shapes! Mindy Cone (of Creative Juice) has just published the most beautiful and inspiring book FULL of creative ideas for Macarons! Her book, Gourmet French Macarons is loaded with full page photos (taken by Mindy herself!) and all the instructions for creating the most adorable, beautiful and fun Macarons ever!
Aren’t they amazing?
These are just a few of the over 75 creative ideas packed into Gourmet French Macarons!
And you don’t have to worry about perfecting these fun shapes on your own… the book includes a CD with all the printable templates you’ll need!
Feeling inspired already? I know I am, after looking through this fun book!
Gourmet French Macarons is available now on Amazon, but one lucky Glorious Treats reader is going to win a copy!
Would you like to win a copy of this beautiful book?
Simply leave a comment below sharing if you’ve ever had a French Macaron (and if so, what’s your favorite flavor)?
Details - One entry per person. Giveaway ends Wednesday, October 9th, 9pm Pacific. Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. Book for giveaway provided by Mindy Cone.
All images courtesy of Mindy Cone/ Creative Juice.
Keep up with Mindy and all of her pretty and creative projects on Creative Juice, Facebook and Twitter.
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Winning comment #18- Doreen