Do you know Georganne of LilaLoa? She is one of my favorites! She is super creative and shares her fun ideas in the cookie community. I got to meet her at CookieCon. I was beyond nervous. I'll never forget it. I was basically whining just a few minutes earlier that I had seen all my favorites and was having the best time of my life, EXCEPT that I hadn't found Georganne yet. Literally a couple minutes later, I saw her in the vending area. The funny thing is, that with so much to see in the vending area, it took me a second to register that it was her and I'll never forget the expression on her face. She recognized me! Me?! Isn't that just insane! She jumped up and gave me a big hug. I got to talk to her for a few minutes and get a photo of her. Then I went to her class session and she is calm and easy going speaking in front of all these people and did I mention she was like 8 or 9 months pregnant? Absolutely incredible. She is such a cutie. Georganne came up with this caramel apple recipe and I was so excited to try it out.
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On the first batch of caramel apple cookies, I followed Georganne's recipe. I had to go to several stores before I found the Green Apple Kool-Aid.
I made another batch last night (that I haven't baked yet) and this time I didn't use the Kool-Aid mix and instead used Apple Extract in the cookie dough. On both of them, I added electric green Americolor gel to color the dough.
I like the colored dough
After they were baked, I outlined my design
You could leave half the cookie without icing since the cookie is already colored apple green, but I like icing on my cookies, so I decided to flavor the green icing also. Since the caramel packet was really brown, I knew that would be hard to make green, so for the green icing, I flavored it with caramel extract instead. The caramel extract is very dark also so instead of a lime green color, it was a bit darker than I wanted, but it still worked fine for the green icing.
For the brown icing, I added the caramel flavor packet to my icing.
I finished the cookies off with a gold color stick.
Then I decided I wanted to package some of them up with sticks so they would look like real caramel apples. I never bake cookies with sticks. Here are the supplies needed. Cookie bag, popsicle stick, shipping tape, cookie.
Put the stick on the back of the bag in a strong section of the cookie and cut off a piece of shipping tape over the stick.
Then wrap a pretty bow around the stick just above the cookie stem.
Wa-la. They look pretty real huh.
The apple flavoring in the cookie had a strong tart apple flavor. You won't mistake the flavor. I made more of the cookie dough last night but with apple extract to see how those come out too. I had hoped to make these in October before Halloween, but it didn't work out, so I'm glad that I finally got to try them out Thank you Georganne for sharing your fun recipe!
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