Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Makes 1 dozen mini muffin cup cookies
For the cookie cups:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
For the apple filling:
  • 1 cup small-diced peeled apple (from 1 medium apple)
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease 12 cups on a mini muffin pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.
  3. Next, add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until just combined (do not overmix).
  4. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the dough and roll it into balls in your hand. Drop each ball into the muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minute, until the cups are domed. The edges should not be too golden brown.
  6. Meanwhile, saute the diced apple in the butter, sugar, cinnamon and orange juice until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  7. Immediately after the cookies are done baking, press the handle of a wooden spoon into each muffin cup to create a divot. Press it down about ½" and wiggle it to make the hole larger.
  8. Scoop the apple mixture into each cookie cup.
Recipe by Dessert for Two at