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A Caramel Apple Cookie on a vintage black plate.
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Copycat Crumbl Caramel Apple Cookies

A soft apple spiced cookie is topped with a creamy caramel frosting and topped with homemade streusel.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 9 cookies

Ingredients
 

Cookie

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar - packed
  • 2 eggs - at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate - thawed

Caramel Frosting

  • 12 tablespoons butter - softened to room temperature
  • 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons caramel sauce - (I used Ghirardelli, but can use Mrs. Richardson or an ice cream caramel sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon caramel extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Homemade Streusel

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats

Instructions
 

Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon. And apple pie spice. Set aside. 
  • In stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed for 2 mins. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well combined. 
  • Add half of the flour mixture and mix until partially combined. With mixer on low, add the apple juice concentrate, then add the remaining flour mixture. Mix until just combined. 
  • Portion dough into 1/3 cup sized balls. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 mins. The tops will no longer be shiny and the edges will be set and slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 3 mins and then transfer to a cooling rack. 

Caramel Frosting

  • Beat butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, caramel, caramel extract, and heavy cream. Beat until smooth. 

Streusel

  • Place butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Once melted stir in remaining ingredients with a fork and stir until evenly combined. Remove from heat and let cool.

Assembly

  • Place frosting in a ziplock bag and snip the corner with scissors. Pipe the frosting on the cooled cookie starting in the center and swirling until you reach the edges of the cookie. 
  • Top each frosted cookie with homemade streusel. 

Notes

You can make these cookies smaller, just watch the bake time as that will need to be adjusted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 699kcal (35%), Carbohydrates: 104g (35%), Protein: 6g (12%), Fat: 30g (46%), Saturated Fat: 18g (90%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 113mg (38%), Sodium: 364mg (15%), Potassium: 174mg (5%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 67g (74%), Vitamin A: 944IU (19%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 73mg (7%), Iron: 2mg (11%)